Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Debbie Riggsby and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you...feel free to email me at pastor@tumcd.org.

Do we see Christ…

We hear people call themselves Christian.  They do so because they believe.  But do we really see Christ in them?  Do they speak, act, and live that we actually see Christ in them?  Do we see Christ’s healing and transforming grace at work in them and through them to others?  Do our families and our friends see Christ in us?   If you are like me, we know that there are many opportunities when we have been less than Christ-like, less ... Read More »

Exploring and Being Known…

Back in the 1800’s, many travelers in the wilderness navigated rivers and waterways because there were not many roads.  The men of the Corps of Discovery in the Lewis and Clark Expedition knew travel on rivers well.  Lewis and Clark picked the men of the Corps of Discovery for their skills on the frontier.  They made a commitment and covenant to aid the group in exploring and finding a way to the Pacific Ocean.  Their journey started at the Missouri ... Read More »

Calling of a New Adventure…

In the Gospel of Matthew, we find the Wise Men leaving home to follow a star which leads them to find the baby Jesus.  The sages and astrologers went on an adventure to find a new reality that would change their lives.  Jesus will call fishermen, zealots, tax collectors and more to follow him.  The ones who said yes left behind what they knew for an adventure that would change their lives.  Are we ready for an adventure with Christ ... Read More »

Hope for Christmas Future…

What might happen?  This can be a question of fear or of hope.  With all that is going on in the world right now, many of us are afraid of what the future will hold. The Ghost of Christmas Future visits Scrooge with pictures of the future that trouble Scrooge.  Scrooge is desperate to know if what he is shown will definitely happen or might just happen if he doesn’t change his life.  There is now a sense of urgency in ... Read More »

The Christmas of Right Now…

What special memories of Christmas from the past are you remembering this year?  What hopes and dreams for Christmas in the future–this year and beyond–are you hoping will happen? Are these memories and dreams taking over your thinking in this moment?  It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about the past or the future.  We’re hardly aware of what is right in front of us in this moment.  Expectations and judgments can easily color what we’re experiencing.  When Mary and ... Read More »

Christmas Past…

In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past.  He is taken back to his childhood where he discovers memories that make him laugh, tug at his heartstrings, and even bring a tear of regret and pain. This Advent season, we may be looking forward to Christmas with anticipation or we may be remembering people and the past in sadness.  This Sunday, we’ll have an opportunity to light a candle at the altar in remembering loved ones ... Read More »

Christmas season has begun…

The Christmas season has begun.  We hear the lilting carols, see the glittering decorations, and find ourselves bombarded by the ads.  With all the hype which seems way too much, it would be easy to say Bah!  Humbug! like Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  What does Scrooge have to do with the story of Jesus’ coming anyway?  At first glance, not much. Yet as the bell tolls in the story and the ghosts visit Scrooge, he begins to see ... Read More »

Giving Thanks…

In a week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving. We gather with family and friends in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving dinner of the pilgrims and the native folks. Giving thanks is not just for one day but for every day. Giving thanks is a spiritual gift that strengthens our relationship with God and improves our health. As we gather together anytime and anywhere, let’s give thanks to God for all of God’s blessings and unexpected gifts. Come be ... Read More »

Blessed by the Saints

We are blessed by the saints who have gone before us to bear the light and lift us up as we walk together with Christ. This Sunday, we will remember twelve beloved family members of our own church members. Come and be with us as we celebrate all the saints of God. Debbie Read More »

Co-Workers with God?

How would you describe your relationship with God? 1 Corinthians 6 begins with Paul calling the Corinthians God’s co-workers. We’re partners with God and partners with each other in God’s transforming work in the world. What does that look like in your life? On Oct. 31, 1517, a young man made a post that was reposted around the world and empowered our partnership together in ministry. He was following Christ in God’s leading by the power of ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?