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From the Preacher 3.24.20

From the Preacher 3.24.20

Hi Friends, It’s Sunday afternoon, and the sun is shining, although clouds are beginning to form.  The weather report says we will get more rain.  This seems to be a pattern right now, rain, sun, rain, sun.  But having come through droughts we know how important the...

From the Preacher 3.17.20

Dear St. Mark's, COVID-19 is now considered a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Last Thursday, the San Diego mayor banned all public gatherings over 250 people and all public gatherings in general amongst people who are at risk. The population...

Dear friends, My grandmother was the kind of woman who called people by their name if they were wearing a nametag on their uniform.  I asked her about this one hot summer day as she was getting gas in the car.  It was during the time when gas station attendants washed...

From the Preacher 3.3.20

We are now at the second Sunday of Lent and I just thought of something.  I did not give up anything for Lent this year.  Or the last few years for that matter.  What did you give up for Lent this year? I remember growing up; my mother would always tell me that I...

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...