Thank You!

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Lew and I were richly blessed by the great celebration of my retirement and all the hugs, cards, gifts, and best wishes.  We are grateful for our ministry together at Trinity UMC and we are filled with your love.   You will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Thank you so much TUMC! Debbie and Lew

A final story to share…

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For my last Sunday to preach, I’ve chosen my favorite Bible story.  It has beautiful gifts for this time of good-by for me and for TUMC.  Come and discover what it is! Grace and peace always, Debbie June 23 & June 30 Worship Michael Wesley will be sharing the message and June 23rd and Sarah Wilcox will engage everyone on … Read More

Come Holy Spirit!

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In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes upon the gathered disciples in a powerful and invigorating way and the church is born into a community that shares the good news of Christ, encourages becoming disciples of Christ, and moves in God’s grace to transform the world.  Where do you see the Holy Spirit coming in your life, in our church, … Read More

Live and Love

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In Mark 2, several friends carried another friend who was paralyzed to see Jesus for possible healing.  When they couldn’t get into the home where Jesus was talking and healing, they climbed the roof and lowered their friend through it.  They were willing to dare new heights out of love. In our Emerge series for living new life in Christ, … Read More

Do we see hope?

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There is so much of news swirling around in my thoughts.  How about you?  I’ve been worrying about possible war with Iran, trade war with China, care for immigrants seeking asylum, integrity and truth in politics, and the UMC divide between Traditional Plan and Progressives. What are some of yours?  I wonder if there will ever be real community and … Read More

Stuck in the Middle

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Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle or caught between two things?  We often find ourselves having left the familiar and not arriving in the new.  We’re in a milieu in the midst and it is quite uncomfortable. The Israelites who left the slavery of Egypt find themselves wandering in the wilderness.  The promise of the Promised Land … Read More

Unwrapping…

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It is so much fun watching a child open presents on Christmas morning or for a birthday.  They know something special is inside.  Often they tear off the wrapping as quick as they can.  To see the joy on a face is absolutely priceless. Sometimes we do not know that we are wrapped up with thoughts, activities, and hurt.  We … Read More

Leaving Comfort…

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From the moment we were born, we have been leaving comfortable spaces and emerging into something new and even becoming new ourselves.  Emerging is an integral part of all of life and what God created.  Yet we’d rather not leave our comfort zones but stay in what is familiar. Do you know what is unfamiliar for a preacher?  Doing an … Read More

Where is Christ?

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Jesus entered into Jerusalem for Passover knowing that he was not liked and that his ministry threatened the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman government.  Yet he came anyway.  He continued to share the essence of God’s kin-dom and the abundance of God’s love and grace.  He was there to touch and transform people’s lives and to turn the world … Read More

Give it a rest?

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We’re headed toward the last Sunday in Lent in our journey of fasting from hurry and worry.  How are we doing?  The prayers for the Prayer Chair have been blessings for me.  However, I still find myself in the hurry and worry.  How about you? Our scripture passage this week from Mark invites us into two vital, life-giving directions.  Jesus … Read More