A Word from the Pastor – December 2019

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 2 Timothy 1:5 Dear Friends, Happy New Year!! (no, I didn’t send Jeannie my January article by mistake, the church calendar year starts on the first Sunday… Read More ›

A Word from the Pastor – Oct 2019

This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, the God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history…. Read More ›

A Word from the Pastor – Eternal Life

What is happening in your life right now? Are you in a happy routine of family, work and friends? Are you experiencing a period of upheaval, such as new health crisis or a major job transition? Are you in the exciting initial stages of a new relationship? Or are you in a period of grief… Read More ›

A Word From the Pastor – April 2019

“What is a Church Anyway?” This year the topic for the Tuesday night Lent Soup Supper and Study has been “what is a church anyway?” The first week we looked at Acts and Galatians to see what the disciples were doing right after Jesus ascended and left them the Holy Spirit to guide and shape… Read More ›

A Word from the Pastor: March 2019

In case you missed the congregational potluck kicking off the interim process, here is the reader’s digest version *The church (the overall church, not Emmanuel specifically) is facing tough times. *The church belongs to God, and God’s mission doesn’t fail. *Therefore, this is an exciting time to be a part of the church. Emmanuel, as… Read More ›

A Word From the Pastor: Appreciation

The longer I am here at Emmanuel, the more I have come to appreciate the staff. While I mentioned them in the Annual Report, those kinds of mentions can feel very routine and not necessarily sincere. And yet, as those who interact with Carolyn, Michael, Keith (and now) Lori know, they each inspire sincere appreciation… Read More ›

A Word from the Pastor: January 2019

It has been hard to get out of bed lately. Ever since the cold spell hit (well…cold for natives like myself) the warmth and coziness under the covers has seemed like a little Eden surrounded by the outer darkness of the early morning chill. But I don’t imagine everyone feels this way. For some, the… Read More ›

A Word from the Pastor: Why Wait?

In the 56 years since Emmanuel was first planted as a church community, technology and commerce has sped up our lives exponentially. For example, as soon as we think of the perfect present for someone on our list, we can grab our phones, look it up on Amazon, purchase with one click and Santa’s Elves… Read More ›