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From the Preacher 11.5.19

Dear co-workers of our faith, A couple of years ago, Rev. Craig (our senior minister at the time) called me into his office and shut the door. I gulped wondering, did I goof somewhere? In a flash moment I wished I wouldn’t have put myself ‘out there’ at the church,...

From the Preacher 10.29.19

From the Preacher 10.29.19

Dear friends, This coming Sunday, November 3 we will celebrate All Saints’ Day.  This is the day we remember the people of God who have lived and shared life with us and now have gone on to glory.  We will sing hymns, say prayers, read scripture, share Holy Communion,...

From the Preacher 10.22.19

Reformation Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday.  It is a day set aside to recognize, remember, and celebrate the Protestant Reformation.  The United Methodist Church officially celebrates Reformation Sunday “with a sense of moving toward unity and community.” How...

From the Preacher 10.15.19

From the Preacher 10.15.19

Dear St. Mark's, I am honored to once again welcome Rev. Mark Trotter back to the pulpit this upcoming Sunday. For those of you who are not familiar with Rev. Trotter, he was the Senior Pastor of one of the largest United Methodist Churches in California, First United...

From the Preacher 10.8.19

From the Preacher 10.8.19

Dear St. Mark's: I am so happy to share that we are welcoming long time St. Mark's member, Bob McMeekin, to the pulpit this upcoming Sunday. Lay preaching has a strong and foundational history in the Methodist Church. One of the reasons why the Methodist movement grew...

From the Preacher 10.1.19

From the Preacher 10.1.19

Dear St. Mark's, Sunday, October 6th, is to me, one of the most magical and fun times of our entire worship year. It is our annual Blessing of the Animals service. While one may think that animals in church may inhibit us from worshipping God and feeling the sacred in...

From the Preacher 9.24.19

From the Preacher 9.24.19

Dear friends, For the past two weeks my husband Tom and I were on vacation.  We saw parts of Vancouver, BC, and the inland passage of Alaska. It was a magical vacation filled with amazing sites and incredible weather extremes.  We flew back to San Diego refreshed and...

From the Preacher 9.17.19

From the Preacher 9.17.19

Dear St. Mark’s,   Several years ago, right before I had my son, I remember coming across Khalil Gibran’s poem called, “On Children.” The first several lines stopped me in my tracks because they communicated something so different than I had been taught about...

From the Preacher 9.10.19

From the Preacher 9.10.19

Dear Church, What a beautiful weekend we had. Thank you all for hosting such a delightful and lovely baby shower for my family in preparation for our baby girl and for an awesome Welcome Back Sunday.  You make my work not feel like work. You make my work feel...

From the Preacher 9.3.19

From the Preacher 9.3.19

Dear friends, Welcome to September, the beginning of so many new things.  There are new classrooms for teachers and students, and new routines for work and school.  There are new opportunities at the church, a new equinox, and delicious warm flavors at...