No Judgments, Just Jesus

A Thank You for Sabbatical

Greetings, beloved church. I want to take a moment to express my deep gratitude for the gift of sabbatical. My prayer is that the rest, reorientation, and research this time allowed me will lead to our mutual benefit, as we continue to strive together to bear witness of the good news of Jesus Christ. I am particularly glad to hear of the…

Sabbatical

Every five years the church offers me the privilege of sabbatical. This affords me the opportunity to pursue educational opportunities that would not be available otherwise. This time of planning, studying, and resting both enriches and refreshes my heart and mind, thus making me a better minister to all. This sabbatical begins on June 5. During my absence, Emma Landowski, Mike Mattek,…

Wednesday Prayers

Afternoon Prayer THE ABSOLUTE (A spiritual exercise by Anthony de Mello) God says, “Give me your heart.” And then, in answer to my puzzlement, I hear him say. “Your heart is where your treasure is.” My treasures—here they are: persons . . . places . . . occupations . . . things . . . experiences of the past . . .…

Tuesday Prayers

Evening Prayer Prayer: As we come to this Election Day, we ask for wisdom, knowing that you love to give generously to all without reproach (James 1:8). Forgive us for all the times, especially during this campaign, where we have been quick to speak and slow to listen. Forgive us for too often exhibiting the anger of man that does not produce…

Monday Prayers

Evening Prayer Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Heavenly Father, I come…

Easter Letter 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel UCC, Here we are, almost midway through the Church Calendar. We began the church year with Advent and focused on four words from John’s prologue: life, light, glory, grace. Since Christmas, we have been focusing on “The Questions of Jesus”. Out of the 307 different questions Jesus asks, he answers less than 10. Clearly, Jesus does…

Christmas Letter 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Advent is just around the corner and with it comes our return to the story of the Christ. This year we will journey with Jesus through the Gospel of John. John’s gospel does not begin with the traditional Christmas stories we find in Matthew and Luke. John is far more ambitious; he…

Stewardship Letter 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel, Every year around this time we talk about stewardship. At its heart, stewardship is not just about money. Certainly, we need financial support if we are to maintain and continue our ministries here at Immanuel. But stewardship is so much more: It is about using all the resources God has given us – our talents, abilities,…