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From the Preacher 2.25.20

From the Preacher 2.25.20

Dear St. Mark's, This is how it goes. Lent has begun. We've started this season on a good foot. We may have attended the Ash Wednesday service, received ashes on our foreheads, and made a commitment to some discipline throughout the next 40 days. And then what happens...

From the Preacher 2.18.20

From the Preacher 2.18.20

Dear friends, This week we will be talking about the Transfiguration.  This word is not one that is used often in today’s lexicon. Some people may not have even heard it before. I remember being in my High School choir and singing the word when we sang The Battle Hymn...

From the Preacher 2.11.20

Dear Friends, This is an interesting season for our congregation and our nation. Some would say we are at a crossroads.  United Methodism is a connectional system and as such our local congregation is confronted with the reality of change. Our nation is also a...

From the Preacher 2.4.20

From the Preacher 2.4.20

Dear friends, I remember as a very young girl wearing my Brownie uniform and sitting in a circle learning songs about friends of silver and gold and about something in my pocket.  If you were a Brownie or Girl Scout, you might be humming those songs with a reflective...

From the Preacher 1.28.20

From the Preacher 1.28.20

Dear St. Mark's, This upcoming Sunday, we learn about two important characters in the gospels, Simeon and Anna. These are two people who confirm the true identity of Jesus very early on, when he's just a small child. What is interesting about Simeon and Anna is that...

From the Preacher 1.21.20

From the Preacher 1.21.20

Dear St. Mark's, My sermon title for this week may seem silly. It's entitled, "Does Jesus Call Women Too?" I say it's silly because most of us at St. Mark's would respond, "um, of course!" You all are used to female leaders and I'm far from being the first female...

From the Preacher 1.14.20

Dear St. Mark’s, I am so happy to be given the opportunity to preach for you this coming week.  Like several other lay preachers that have come before you in the last few months, this will also be my first time delivering an actual sermon.  I have given quite a few...

From the Preacher 1.7.20

From the Preacher 1.7.20

Dear friends, Welcome to 2020!  For those who made resolutions, I hope your resolve has been steadfast.  For those who made and forgot them, you are not alone.  And for those who haven’t made a resolution for any number of reasons, I offer a phrase I used to tell my...

From the Preacher 12.24.19

Dear St. Mark’s, Well, it’s me— The Church Secretary—PREACHING!  Yikes!  I am excited and nervous.  I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas holiday and is keeping the Christmas spirit alive. It is a thrill to be giving a sermon during the Christmas season.  I have...

From the Preacher 12.17.19

From the Preacher 12.17.19

Dear friends, The other morning, I woke up with that groggy feeling of not knowing what day it was.  Some of you may know this feeling. It can be disorienting.  I find that when I am working on many projects that have timeframes that extend over several days or weeks...