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“Money, Get Back…I’m alright Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” (-R. Waters)

07/25/18

“Money, Get Back…I’m alright Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” (-R. Waters) “” Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much […]

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Moving

07/11/18

Give thanks to the God of heaven, For God’s hesed (lovingkindness) endures forever (Psalm 136:26 Paraphrased) Shelly and I are so blessed to finally be here ‘physically’ at Genesis UMC. We are blessed as well to be in our new home in Forest Hills. Moving is one of the most stressful activities we undergo in […]

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YOU AND I ARE LOVED

06/20/18

When there is a change of pastors in a church, one of questions many persons have is, “Will I like this pastor?”   There is a less known, but equally important, question.  It is “Will the pastor like me?” When I came to Genesis 22 months ago, I thought it was for a brief few weeks.  […]

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A Church in Mission

05/30/18

One year ago in May, Snow United Methodist Church voted to discontinue as a congregation.  At the same time, Genesis United Methodist Church was in financial crisis, due to nearly $10,000 in monthly obligations related to its mortgage and expenses at its location in the Watermark Center near Cascade Road.  By July 23, due to […]

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Broken Pieces

05/23/18

During this time of transition at Genesis, I can’t help but reflect on the nest full of baby birds that has recently been greeting me each time I enter the church. It has become, for me, somewhat of an icon, an image that has accompanied – and enriched – my own experience of God in […]

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The Sending Church

05/16/18

Outside the entrance to Genesis, a mother robin laid several blue eggs.  This week they have hatched into tiny birds.  Soon they will fly away, free to live as God’s creatures within nature. None of us expect them to stay in their nest forever.  They are meant to fly.   At the end of the […]

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A Church for Everyone

05/09/18

I love The United Methodist Church for many reasons, especially since it has been my church all my life.  It is not without cracks in its structure and practice, but I continue to find it the best for me of all the alternatives.   For most of us, “church” is just the congregation where we […]

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A TIME TO ASK YOUR QUESTIONS

04/25/18

For many years, I led youth confirmation classes, sharing mostly with middle high students.  Over all those years, the student I remember the most is the one who asked me the most challenging questions.  His inquisitive and persistent nature made those classes more meaningful because he was voicing the questions a young person had at […]

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Post-Easter Thoughts

04/04/18

  What a glorious Easter Sunday!  Thanks to all of you who joined us. We hope those of you who were away found a dynamic Easter worship service where you were.  We had 135 persons at the 9:30 a.m. worship service (with some in chairs in the Gathering Space), and 29 at 11 a.m., not […]

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Holy Week Drama

03/21/18

The most dramatic week of the church year is almost here.   We hope all of you will worship on Easter Sunday.  However, for the most meaningful Easter a walk through Holy Week is important.  Please join us for as many of these worship services as possible: Palm/Passion Sunday is March 25.  At both 9:30 […]

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