Lent can be a very sobering time. As we approach Good Friday and all the darkness that day holds, we are encouraged to look deeply within ourselves so we can reflect on who and whose we are. This practice can be intimidating.
I want to begin by thanking you all for your flexibility over the last couple months as your pastors' lives have adjusted to parenthood. Now in March, both Pastor Audrey and I are back in the office.
With Pastors Audrey & Tim on maternity/paternity leave, it’s a good time to look back at the very first Pastor’s Blog of their tenure here.
“I have no idea what I’m doing.” In seminary, a couple good friends of mine worked alongside me as Assistants to the Webmaster of Bethany Seminary. This meant we worked on the seminary’s website and performed basic maintenance on the computer systems of the seminary. I know very little about computers or website maintenance and I still know very little.
Advent is a season of anticipation — a season of hopeful waiting. During this time we feel the strong sense of longing for God as we await his coming once again on Christmas Day in the form of a little baby. What makes Christmas such a beautiful day is the anticipatory work we do leading up to that day. We decorate, we wrap presents, we gather with family, we sing songs, we get excited.
What brings people together? Food, Holidays, Worship, Sports, Concerts…. And what divides people? Politics, Religion, Personalities, Cultural Differences….
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves on the trees. I love the crisp fall air and the cozy feeling of being bundled under blankets with a warm drink. I love all things pumpkin and apple. I love going to corn mazes and having campfires. I have so many fond memories of the falls at my house growing up, playing in the leaves, carving pumpkins, and eating fall treats. And it certainly helps that my favorite color, orange, is so prevalent this time of year.
We’ve all been waiting for it! The Year of Reading the Bible is upon us. Pastor Audrey and I are so excited for our church to have an opportunity to read the entire Bible cover to cover between September 9, 2018, and May 19, 2019. Every Sunday, Pastor Audrey and I will recap what you’ve read in the last week as part of our preaching while highlighting one key pivotal story.
July was a busy month. In one month Pastor Tim and I traveled to/from North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Colorado. We saw a whole variety of friends and family, worshiped with all sorts of people and created all kind of different memories.
While the local church schedule tends to slow down during the month of July, Denominational activities are in full swing. In July, Pastor Audrey and I will travel with six others from HCOB to National Youth Conference in Fort Collins, CO.