2019 General Conference Summary

A Word from Pastor Jeff… First, let me say thank you for all the cards, the meals, and expressions of care. Julie and I are so grateful. I am healing well following my knee replacement surgery.  This week has been exciting and challenging as both Julie and I have had the flu.   At the same time, we had a new …

Ash Wednesday: Preparing to Prepare

The season of Lent is a forty-day time of preparation for Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. How do we prepare for that celebration? Church traditions and persons’ choices of practices vary. Whatever the pattern our Lenten journey takes, a primary focus is to consider and reflect upon the earthly ministry of Jesus, to follow his example in …

Journey of the Heart

The road to Christian Discipleship is a Journey of the Heart. The goal of this journey is for the image of Christ to be formed in us as believers. Actually, we are talking about a reforming, because we humans were created in the image of God initially at creation. But our choices, of choosing self and sin from Adam to …

Leadership Council Minutes – 1/28/2019

Members Present: Rick Allison, Valerie Blessing, Jeff Buck, Kent Brumbaugh, Roger Core, Jeff Fill, Ben Greenbaum, Vic Hasler, Tonya Overton, Marge Patton, Pat Richard, Melissa Truelove and Mike Womack Kent Brumbaugh opened the meeting with a prayer written by Rev. Billy Graham. The Roger Ross consultation has been rescheduled for April 12-14. The UMC General Conference will be held February …

Cracking the Easter Code

The single most important event in human history occurred on Easter Sunday morning, when the tomb of an executed Jewish teacher was torn open revealing that He was no longer within.  Before that moment, sin and death held sway over “The Human Race.”  Before that moment, there were no Christians, or followers of the way.  Before that moment, there were …

The Marathon: The Pain and the Reward of Discipleship

By Travis Taylor Every mile hurts. You’d think it would get easier the more miles you put behind you, but it doesn’t. At least it doesn’t for me. For me, running has always been something I hated, and I’ve never been good at it. I’m not fast, I’m not thin, my breathing gets off, and my form’s all wrong. I’m …

The Opportunity of a New Year

We are on the threshold of a New Year.  2019 is a fresh year from the hand of God to bless us.  God continually talks about the new: a new song, a new thing, a new heart, a new name, a new spirit, a new covenant, a new heaven, and a new earth.All this talk reflects the very character of …