July 1, 2019

     During my last service as pastor of Immanuel Church on June 30, Immanuel will give a commission to Sue and me, and I will be asked to give a commission to the people of Immanuel Church.  Because some may not be able to be at that service, I am sharing some of thos...

June 1, 2019

     At our most recent Pastoral Relations meeting, one of our members asked if there were any resources available that could help a congregation deal with the separation from a long-term pastor who is retiring.  You would think that there would be quite a few, but I h...

May 1, 2019

     On Saturday, April 27, a gunman killed one person and injured three people at a Jewish synagogue in Poway, California.  On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers attacked three churches in Sri Lanka.  Last month, 50 people were killed in attacks on mosques in New Zealand....

April 1, 2019

     It’s the season of spring, my favorite season.  I have always enjoyed watching the trees put on leaves and the flowers begin to bloom in this season of mild temperatures and pretty days.  Spring is an annual reminder that new life can emerge out of that which was...

March 1, 2019

     On Ash Wednesday, March 6, we begin the season of Lent.  We will gather for worship and Holy Communion during the Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 p.m.  During the season of Lent, we go on an inner journey of self-examination, repentance, and renewal.  We recall the...

February 1, 2019

     The new year of 2019 has started out somewhat sad for our Immanuel Church family.  On January 1, we lost our oldest living member and dear friend, Ruth Daulley, at the age of 99 years.  Then, on January 4, we lost one of our office managers and dear friend, Jackie...

January 6, 2019

     At the December meeting of the Consistory, I shared the following announcement and I wanted to share it also with the rest of the congregation at this time:

     "I am planning on retiring from active ministry on June 30, 2019, at which time I w...

December 2, 2018

     It is the beginning of the season of Advent for the church.  Advent, and the season of Christmas which follows it, are a magical, almost mystical, time for the church.  Even in the secular world, “there’s a song in the air,” but in the church this is truly a time...

November 2, 2018

Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November.  In spite of all the difficulties we may be experiencing as individuals and as a nation, I believe that it is important for us to reflect upon the many blessings we receive from God an...

October 1, 2018

     I am pleased that we will be providing a place for a Tai Chi class beginning this month with classes each Monday at 10:00 a.m.  This is another way that Immanuel Church continues to reach out to the community around us, and it also offers all of us a way to achiev...

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