Pastor’s Pondering

Advent is perhaps one of the most misunderstood seasons in the church year. We meet it every year, and yet every year it seems like the world around us rolls strait from Thanksgiving to Christmas. There is no waiting, we move strait to the joy and the celebration. Of course this makes total sense. Christmas […]
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From Kathy

As we approach the holiday season, I invite you to be mindful for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. As most of us know this can be a particularly difficult time. As friends it is important to invite those who are grieving to have dinner, go to a movie, to share […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

As we enter into October and the Fall, we enter into our Stewardship Season, a time when we reflect on how we use our money and our resources and how God is inviting us to be people who practice gratitude and generosity in all the parts of our lives. I know it’s tempting to stop […]
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The Future of Our Denomination

From Kathy… As most of you know the 2016 General Conference (Worldwide) of the United Methodist Church made the decision to establish a commission on A Way Forward to deal with the denomination’s impasse on issues related to human sexuality. The commission was appointed by our Bishops and developed 3 models for the special session […]
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Pastor’s Ponderings

Last month a group of Asburyites ventured into the wilderness of Camp Shelly for a weekend of Family Camp. It was a time of fun, community, nature, bears, and lots of laughter. And it got me reflecting about one of our core values: celebrating community. Last year, as we celebrated Asbury’s 150thbirthday, Rev. Krisie Olah […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

Can checking your email be holy? Can doing your laundry or mowing your lawn or going to a meeting be spiritual activities? Every Sunday in worship we end with benediction—a fancy word for blessing—and we are sent forth. Week after week we are blessed and sent, blessed and sent. We are blessed with the awareness […]
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Testify to Love

Christmas offers us the gift of entering into this New Year with the fresh reminder of God’s presence with us and a renewed awareness of our call to be shaped by that awareness. It takes intentional choices—the choice to pause, the choice to pray, the choice to worship, the choice to serve others—for us to […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

I’ve been reflecting a lot in the past month about what it means to be called by God, and what it means to say yes to that call. I still remember very vividly what it was like when I first felt called by God. I was 16 and on a summer trip with my church […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  Sure, it might be a slightly cheesy and cliché question, but maybe it is cliché because it is true.  Fear has a way of stopping us in our tracks.  It has a way of keeping us in our boxes because that unknown place outside of our comfort […]
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Pastor’s Ponderings

We are called to live out our lives in faithful community with one another, Jesus says when one or two are gathered in his name, the Christ presence is there too.  Community is an essential part of our faith lives, it is in loving one another, supporting one another, serving one another, worshiping together, and […]
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