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  • May 2017 - Why We Read the Bible at Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Circle, Session, Mission, Spiritual Formation and Every Other Meeting at LVPC [read more ...]
  • April 2017 - Be the Best Neighbors: Loving and Shaping Your World Well [read more ...]
  • March 2017 - Prioritize Young People (and families) Everywhere: From Rhetoric to Reality [read more ...]
  • February 2017 - Fuel a Warm Community: Warm is the New Cool - We’ve made it to chapter 5 of Growing Young and though it seems a bit less challenging than some of the previous chapters we would do well to think carefully about warmth. [read more ...]
  • January 2017 - Take Jesus’ Message Seriously - In just a few weeks I will begin my tenth year serving as pastor to this congregation. [read more ...]
  • December 2016 - Empathize with Today’s Young People - The last two months I wrote about the recent book, Growing Young, which identifies common strategies that churches growing young have in common. [read more ...]
  • November 2016 - “All churches grow old … but strategic churches are growing young.” [read more ...]
  • October 2016 - Growing Old is Unavoidable, But Doesn’t Have to Be Our Only Story [read more ...]
  • September 2016 - Final Words From Pastor Stefanie - It has been just a joy to serve in ministry with you for the past few months. I really don’t know what else to say. [read more ...]
  • June 2016 - I followed a "non-traditional" path to become a minister. I was an experienced, non-ordained Christian educator with a seminary degree and knowledge of scripture, polity, theology, etc. when I decided God’s next plan for me was to become a pastor. [read more ...]
  • May 2016 - Before he was off to his Sabbatical, I asked pastor Chad what he hoped I might offer the members of Lower Valley Presbyterian Church while he was gone. [read more ...]
  • April 2016 - Event Countdown: I wake up each morning with this countdown on my mind. Yes, I’m looking forward to running and completing the Big Sur Marathon and yes I’m looking forward to being free of the training grind, but the greatest weight on my mind is the start of our Sabbatical time. [read more ...]
  • March 2016 - March has arrived, Easter is quickly approaching, and this means sabbatical time is also right around the corner. [read more ...]
  • February 2016 - Lent comes early this year. The season of Lent will kick off before pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida for Spring Training: this is not always the case, but Easter is in March this year. [read more ...]
  • January 2016 - Resolutions Once Again - I have this habit when writing my “ringin’ in the New Year” column of making it very clear that I’m not one to make a list of resolutions. [read more ...]
  • December 2015 - Advent and Hebrews 13, Do Belong Together. [read more ...]
  • November 2015 - In the last newsletter we published the details regarding the sabbatical grant we received from the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program. [read more ...]
  • October 2015 - Why, After 24 Years, I still spend my Wednesday’s with Students. [read more ...]
  • September 2015 - Leadership - I think it is safe to say that good leadership is tricky to get your head around and good leaders are hard to find. Now I could feel this way because my cynical side rears its ugly head when the news headlines are inundated with questions about who will next lead our country. [read more ...]
  • June 2015 - Running Alone with No iPod - I think I should start off by clarifying that I don’t think of myself as a runner. [read more ...]
  • May 2015 - A while back I did a fair bit of reading about the Church in North America and the particular challenges we face in this present age. There is little dispute that we live in a radically consumer oriented culture. [read more ...]
  • April 2015 - An Unexpected Prayer Journey - During our fellowship time following worship on the first Sunday in Lent my son, rather unceremoniously, came up to me and handed me a rock with a cross on it. [read more ...]
  • March 2015 - Renewal Time - It seems not so very long ago that my children were all under seven and we were living along the central coast of California. I was approaching the end of my fifth year as the Associate Pastor at our church and it was clear that God was moving us to the next adventure. [read more ...]
  • February 2015 - A few weeks ago our high school students began reading the Gospel of Mark in order to learn the skills of basic inductive bible study (ask one of them for more details if you are intrigued). [read more ...]
  • January 2015 - Each year, on the last Sunday in January, we hold an annual congregational meeting. Too often this is a rather perfunctory event, required by our constitution, and nothing more. [read more ...]
  • December 2014 - Strange Voices from the Past - You may or may not have noticed in years past that Advent is the church season for reading from the Prophets. At no other time in the church year do the writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, and the rest of them weave their way into so much of the language of worship and church life. [read more ...]
  • November 2014 - Not Just Another Pledge Drive - For some reason we who administrate churches think of the end of October and beginning of November (or even the middle of November at LVPC) as stewardship season. Now, I’m not totally clueless, I know there are some practical reasons for this: [read more ...]
  • October 2014 - The Lord’s Supper - The first Sunday in October means World Communion Sunday. Although we celebrate communion as a congregation every month, it is the coming Sunday on which we pay special attention to reminding ourselves that we are not alone in our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. [read more ...]
  • September 2014 - I’m not much of a joiner of things. I never really was. I didn’t join any clubs in high school or college and I haven’t joined any since. [read more ...]
  • June 2014 - Many of us are moving into June at full speed: with end of school year activities, projects in the yard and garden, spring sports, improving weather, last minute planning for summer vacation and many more things occupying our time. [read more ...]
  • May 2014 - Each spring as the frost free date approaches and the seedlings in the basement begin to get a little leggy I find myself getting more excited about summer gardening. [read more ...]
  • April 2014 - In last month’s edition of the newsletter I suggested that, “Prayer, when we get down to it is an intimate, uncomfortable, awkward, and unexplainable experience even when we are alone in our bedrooms.” After 28 years of being committed to following Jesus I have found that this is still quite true for me. [read more ...]
  • March 2014 - In his book, Simply Christian, N. T. Wright says that, “We are called to live at the overlap both of heaven and earth — the earth that has yet to be fully redeemed as one day it will be — and of God’s future and this world’s present.” [read more ...]
  • February 2014 - Most Wednesday nights I spend a couple hours with middle school students. This year we’ve been reading the second half of Luke’s Gospel (more commonly known as Acts.) I’m not sure I’ve convinced the students, but this is a riveting story. [read more ...]
  • January 2014 - The State of our Church - Each year, on the last Sunday in January, we hold an annual congregational meeting. [read more ...]
  • December 2013 - Advent: A Time of Waiting and Expectation [read more ...]
  • November 2013 - Now that Halloween is over we can safely turn our attention toward Christmas. Did I just type that? [read more ...]
  • October 2013 - Discipleship and Stewardship - As I enter my sixth fall serving as pastor at Lower Valley I’m reminded of several approaches we’ve taken to our annual 'stewardship season'. [read more ...]
  • September 2013 - I sure do love harvest season. Especially when the tomatoes finally ripen and all the weed pulling and fretting over the elements become a beautiful, juicy, tasty, ripe tomato. [read more ...]
  • June 2013 - Live Free or Die - I recently ran across someone who put the official motto of the state of New Hampshire at the bottom of their e-mail or Facebook post or something like that. [read more ...]
  • May 2013 - The Church and The Spirit - As the frenzy of springtime chores and end of school year activities begin to overwhelm us it is worth a slight pause. [read more ...]
  • April 2013 - Love One Another - Easter Tide is upon us and this naturally raises questions like: What is it about this story that grabs us? And what is it that grabbed so many faithful people before us? [read more ...]
  • March 2013 - From the moment Kim and I first learned she was pregnant we started reading. That is just how we are wired. [read more ...]
  • February 2013 - Some of you are aware that I’m a big fan of The Colbert Report. "How is this possible?" you ask, "he doesn’t even have a television or cable!" [read more ...]
  • January 2013 - I broke down and took my kids to see The Hobbit this week. I didn’t really want to do it. It seemed terrible to corrupt their imagination of Tolkien’s epic tale with the images and special effects of Hollywood. [read more ...]