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December 9, 2018: “Lucy: Let Go...

Lucy’s desire for control ( think of her psychiatric help booth!) drives her to tell Charlie Brown to gain control of his life by directing the Christmas play. We want holiday celebrations to go well, but we can get too invested in a “picture perfect” Christmas. True happiness doesn’t come when we control everything, but […]

December 2, 2018: “Charlie Brow...

The true meaning of Christmas can get lost in a mostly self-imposed frenzy of activity and clutter. Like Charlie Brown, we struggle to find meaning in Christmas (or in life)( and often look for it in all the wrong places. For the month of December, we will see what we can learn from Charlie Brown […]

November 11, 2018 message: “Com...

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” In times of grief, God in Christ is our most compassionate companion, but that’s difficult to understand if we’re not surrounded by people who demonstrate God’s care to us. We can’t “fix” the problem of grief, even though we want to. Instead, how […]

November 4, 2018 message: “Livi...

As we celebrate the lives of the saints – those who have helped us to know God better – we live in two worlds. We are bound to eternity by love for God and others, especially those who have died and whom we remember, and we’re called to share that love here and now. Pastor […]

November 25, 2018 message: “Gri...

Grieving can lead to deeper despair if we try to deny our feelings, make the journey on our own, or trust that it will “just get better” with time. We can experience true healing and hop in the midst of grief when we turn to God and open ourselves to God’s grace and peace. Worship […]

November 18, 2018 message: “Gri...

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is hard to do so when we are grieving the loss of a loved one, a job, health, or life just hasn’t turned out the way we had hoped. God will […]

October 28, 2018: “Don’t ...

Worries about money are nothing new. Jesus knew that when he called us to stop worrying and remember that God cared for and provides for us. Do we trust God’s way of providing, and willingly invest in God’s Kingdom work as a witness to the world? Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 6: 25-34. […]

“A Charlie Brown Advent” ...

The worship brainstorming will be held at David and Karen Booth’s house. We will have a prime rib “Christmas” dinner/potluck at 6:00 pm. Bring a Christmassy dish to share. Brainstorming is from 7:00-9:30 pm. RSVP to Karen Booth or church. Please try to read the scripture and message summary for each week and take time […]

October 21, 2018: “Giving Our T...

We earn, spend, and (sometimes) save money. We also want to give, but sometimes giving is our last thought rather than our first. How do we hear Jesus’ call to humility in living and giving? Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 6: 1-6. To read it, click here.

October 14, 2018: “The Problem ...

We often feel conflicted in our lives because so many things seek our attention and our devotion. Jesus said you can’t serve two master. Most of us are trying to serve a lot more than two! How can we serve God well so that other things fall into place and our hearts find true rest? […]