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Take a look at what's happening at Lower Valley.

  • Nov 2023 - As my sixteenth fall serving as pastor at Lower Valley slips past us I’ve been thinking of all the different approaches we’ve taken to our annual "stewardship season". [read more ...]
  • Sep 2023 - The Church and its Mission: I’ve written, preached, and talked about our mission quite often, over the last 15 years, and as we head into another fall together it seemed a good time to continue thinking about these matters. [read more ...]
  • May 2023 - Resurrection Every Day: It is easy to feel as if Easter has come and gone... and been gone for a while. [read more ...]
  • February 2023 - Discernment has been on my mind for the past couple months. [read more ...]
  • January 2023 - The calendar marches on and we have turned the last page of 2022. [read more ...]
  • December 2022 - 150 Years of Expectation and Action: This year our scripture reading for the first Sunday of Advent was from Isaiah, but there was also a reading from the end of Matthew’s gospel (24:36-44). [read more ...]
  • November 2022 - Change Comes: If you’ve made it to worship in the past few weeks you are aware that my parents have been out from California. [read more ...]
  • September 2022 - Remedy for Unstable Times: Somehow the approaching fall feels a little different in 2022. [read more ...]
  • June 2022 - Again We Cry Out in Lament ... Four years ago (March 2018) in this same newsletter I shared a lament and wrote about lament. [read more ...]
  • March 2022 - Lent: Last week I learned that the Rev. Jay Bartow, a former colleague in ministry, had died at the age of 76, quite unfairly, of a rare type of pulmonary fibrosis. [read more ...]
  • February 2022 - Truing The Wheel of Our Lives: I want to be clear that as I write about emerging from this nearly 2 years long pandemic I do so with cautious optimism. [read more ...]
  • January 2022 - Shalom: As we begin 2022 it certainly feels like the movie Groundhog Day. [read more ...]
  • September 2021 - Getting Back to Normal? I’d like to be writing a newsletter about how we are getting back to normal, but I think I may have tried that last year. [read more ...]
  • June 2021 - I believe that God takes an interest in our lives: our suffering, our pain, our joys, our shortcomings, and our faithfulness. [read more ...]
  • May 2021 - We’re Getting the Band Back Together: Last Sunday we returned to worship in our sanctuary for the first time in thirteen months. [read more ...]
  • March 2021 - It all got started with a shortage of toilet paper. Remember when, “what are we gonna do we’re down to our last roll?” was part of our pandemic worry list. [read more ...]
  • February 2021 - As we spend February close to home, socially distanced, and buried in snow, it seems hard to imagine the days are lengthening, but for those of us paying attention to the church year we are reminded by Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, if not the ever extending hours of daylight, that Spring is on the way. [read more ...]
  • January 2021 - It would only be natural to say goodbye to 2020 with a retrospective on what a difficult year it has been. [read more ...]