Monthly Pastor Message

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A call to love others as much as self

by Faith UCC

Did you hear the terrible news?   This Valentine’s Day, there will be no conversation hearts to share with others!  No candies to employ to express our feelings to those we hold most dear.   What happened?  According to Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox , “We will not be telling each other “I Love You” or […]

Beginning Anew: a Blessing and an Opportunity

by Faith UCC

Happy New Year! Did you observe New Year’s Eve traditions as 2018 came to a close and 2019 began?  Did you do something special to mark the changing of the calendar?  Go out to eat?  Party with family and friends?  Watch movies?  Take the Polar Bear Plunge?  Stay at home and quietly welcome the New […]

God’s Gift: Unimaginable Intimacy

by Faith UCC

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is here once more.  The year’s flown by, hasn’t it?  And we’ve again arrived at the time of year that many identify as their favorite season.   My Mom used to say that she loved these last months of the year because they were filled with family.  Maybe that’s […]

Visible Signs of Dismay

by Faith UCC

Have you noticed it?   Have you noticed all of the head shaking and the “tsk, tsk,” clicking going on these days?   These visible signs of dismay accompany conversations about the unfortunate divisions that separate neighbors, families, communities, government, faiths and country these days.  There’s plenty of name calling, shouting, bullying and even violence […]

Our Way of Thinking

by Faith UCC

Brothers and Sisters in Christ!  Christ has made this relationship to one another eternally permanent.  Whether or not we want to admit it, all of us are joined together by God, through Christ, with every single living, breathing soul on earth.   But these days, if we gaze out over the landscape of our world, […]

It’s That Time of Year

by Faith UCC

September’s here, the new football season’s upon us, and people near and far are buying game tickets, planning tailgate and watch parties, and holding their fantasy football league drafts. I’m one who falls into the latter category of football season preppers.  Starting out decades ago in a league in Madison, I now play fantasy football […]

Optimism vs Hope

by Faith UCC

A diagnosis of cancer can knock anyone for a loop. As I’ve sat at hospital bedsides or in homes with parishioners who’ve received that news, or as I’ve talked with family members who received that diagnosis, sometimes there’s shock and sorrow that’s difficult to articulate. When my sister-in-law received her colon and liver cancer diagnosis, […]

Love over Anger

by Faith UCC

One of my favorite hymns is, “God of Grace and God of Glory.” The melody is strong and confident. The lyrics petition God’s presence and intervention “for the living of these days” and “the facing of this hour,” so we won’t miss God’s Kingdom goal and we will not fail brothers, sisters or God. I’ve […]

June 2018

by Faith UCC

Don’t know if you heard, but there was a little wedding held a few weeks ago, across the pond.  A young couple, Harry and Meghan got married in a little chapel in a castle, constructed between 1070 and 1086 in Windsor, England.  Six hundred guests worshipped and witnessed their exchange of vows in the chapel […]

May 2018

by Faith UCC

Back in World War II, a young man named, Jürgen Moltmann was drafted to serve in Hitler’s army. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit.  While on assignment, he saw many things people should never have to see—like fellow soldiers being burned to death in fire bombings.   When Germany surrendered, he was taken to […]