I like using chop sticks. It took me a little while to get the hang of using chop sticks but I’m glad I have. I like feeling like I’m sharing in someone else’s culture even if I’m just eating at a restaurant in the middle of Shawnee, Oklahoma. I like getting fortune cookies. Do you […]
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Music inspires my soul and refreshes my being. Music can either send me in a tailspin of memories or can totally cause me to have an emotional meltdown. This past Sunday it sent me over the edge, tears pouring down my face. It was during the last song of worship, the Hymn of Joy as […]
In recent months I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the presence of Fred Rogers. Through his television programs, his writings, and the stories of those who knew him best, Mr. Roger’s has come to life, inspiring me anew. I grew up with Fred in my living room, calmly teaching me about friendship, or […]
It wasn’t the preacher. It wasn’t the music. It wasn’t the theology, or the length of service, or the comfort of the seats.It was the pink carnations! It was Mother’s Day and I didn’t want to go to church. I had declined the invitation to join my parents and planned on meeting up with them […]
April 20, 1999 Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. – Fred Rogers I was a Junior at Enid High School, it had been a great year and we had just had our Junior/ Senior Prom. […]
For a long time now I’ve either overheard or been a part of debates over the best methods for designing worship services and preparing the messages. As for me, I have to admit… I’m a geek for a good Sermon Series! One big reason I enjoy a sermon series is that I really enjoy theming. […]
Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing a series titled, Be the Village. It has given insight to 4 reasons that we, the church, the village, should be involved in Children’s Ministry. I told of two very special women in my life that helped shape me; helped guide my thoughts and expectations when it came […]
In one of the small group studies I led this week we had a conversation about all of the ways we benefit from maintaining regular church attendance. Benefits such as: being reminded of God’s love, experiencing creative expressions of worship, and belonging to a community of faith that includes others who are trying to live […]
2019 Holy Week is being shared in Christian partnership with our sister churches, Broadway UMC in Tecumseh and Bethel UMC in Bethel.
A couple of days ago I was reading an article by Peter W. Marty, publisher of the Christian Century. He was writing about humility and how he feels that society, by in large, gets the concept of humility wrong. For the author, humility is not something we can gain by winning an award or achieving […]