Pastor's Blog

February 15, 2018: Love… - On the day after Valentine's Day, a holiday set aside to focus on love, I long for more love in our world. As the news of the 18th school shooting of 2018 streamed across my news feed and social media, my heart broke. Not again ... What was your first response? How many of you remember Columbine? If you are Read More
February 8, 2018: What Will You Do? - Several months ago as I was planning for spring, I noticed something really odd — something I had never seen before in my life. (It hasn’t happened since 1945.) Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are the same day. And … Easter falls on April 1 (April Fool’s Day). Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent, the weeks where Christians Read More
February 1, 2018: Moving into the Lenten Season - Can you believe the first month of 2018 is officially over? Time flies. Here at Faith, January was filled with joy and special celebrations ... We launched our Happy? Series and learned how we can find the abundant life, filled with peace and joy that Jesus promises. We welcomed 5 children into God’s family through baptism. We welcomed Pastor Rares Read More
January 25, 2018: Jesus Wept - My mom used to tell me ‘good thing come in small packages’ all the time when I would get discouraged or come home upset because someone was making fun of my height. Big things do come in small packages. Often the things that have the most value or quality are small; the size of something is not always a true Read More
January 18, 2018: Baptism - Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 RSV) Growing up I loved to play in water. Whether it was in the bathtub, a swimming pool, the creek behind our neighborhood, or puddles after a long rain, I loved to play in the water. It Read More
January 11, 2018: What am I putting in ‘my cup’? - Jeni Walsh shared this Facebook post this week in our staff meeting: Isn’t this true? So a great question to ask ourselves as we start the New Year is What am I putting in ‘my cup’? What are we filling up on? Are we reading our Bible, studying the Word, praying, meditating? We have probably all been yelled at or cursed at Read More
Happy New Year 2018 January 4, 2018: Happy New Year! - Happy New Year! We say it to each other on the first few days of a new year every year, but what do we really mean by it? Think about it ... the meaning of most holidays is clear: Valentine’s Day celebrates romance July Fourth celebrates our independence Thanksgiving is all about gratitude Christmas is the celebration of the birth Read More
Joy of Christmas December 28, 2017: Greetings Faith, and Merry Christmas! - How many of you have already put away your Christmas tree and decorations? How many of you, like me, have been so busy since Christmas Day that you haven't even thought about the arduous task of putting away all the Christmas decorations (that it feels like you JUST put up two weeks ago)? And now that we’re done with the Read More
Rodney Whitfield December 21, 2017: Finding Peace in the Chaos… - To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. — Luke 1:79 (NLT) Is it Murphy’s law or something else that the pastor has two kids down with the flu the week leading up to CHRISTMAS? And all week I keep thinking, I can’t believe Read More
Rodney Whitfield December 14, 2017: The Blessings of 2017 - I have heard more than a few people say they are ready to say goodbye to 2017. Some of this sentiment I think is due to political division and the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. But for others it has just been a hard year personally or professionally. While I understand these perspectives – and I know the struggles are Read More