Our Precious Time


A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOHN ROSS August means getting ready for the fall.  Students are already practicing for fall sports, band and other activities.  For some, school will start before Labor Day, and we’ll be back to our fall schedules.  If you groaned reading that, perhaps you are among those who are stressed out with […]


Grow and Serve – Announcing Our Fall Schedule


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson August has arrived, and with it come preparations for our fall schedule.  Please enjoy the remaining summer days, but look forward to being with us even more in September and beyond.  During August and for the first two weeks of September, we will worship at 9:30 a.m. each […]


We’re All In!


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson July 23 was a momentous day.  It was a climax to a year of uncertainty, difficult decisions for our church, and many hours of volunteer labor by a large number of our church members and friends. “We’re all in!” has a double meaning.  First of all, it means […]


Genesis Nears the End of Its Exodus


We have been using the Old Testament story of the Exodus as a metaphor for our move from the Watermark complex to our new location on Snow Avenue.  As the Hebrew people left Egypt, toward their Promised Land, many of them grumbled and complained.  They were leaving the only homes they knew, traveling across desert, […]


Freedom, Civility and Christ-like Behavior


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson We have just celebrated the 241st birthday of the United States.  Freedom is the heart of America, the reason we rejoice in the heritage we have from our forebears of the 18th century. That freedom includes freedom of speech.  We can express our opinions without fear of reprisal from the […]


When the Church Is Truly a Church


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   Genesis United Methodist Church is at an awkward stage of its life.   We are devoting hours to moving to our new location, thanks to the many volunteers who are helping us to make the move to Snow Avenue.  It is a temporary situation for this summer, as […]


Exodus and the Promised Land


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Our Jewish friends and neighbors tell us that the Exodus in the Old Testament was a life-changing experience for their people.  From the Passover incident in Egypt to their journey in the wilderness for 40 years, they were formed as a people of God.  Every Jewish child is […]


Worshipping the Creator


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   “O Lord, When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8) Our recent summer-like weather has led many of us to resume the wonderful outdoor activities […]


The Holy Day We Often Forget


A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Ask any church goer what are the big days at their church each year, and you’ll hear Christmas, Easter and probably Mother’s Day.  The one we tend to forget is Pentecost, the celebration of the birth of the church through the coming of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday, […]


Reflections from 1 Peter


Beloved friends, don’t be afraid when your world seems upside-down, or you feel tested.  It happens to everyone in one way or another.  Be joyous even when things are difficult, for you don’t know yet what Christ will do for you.  If others speak poorly of you because of your faith, you are blessed, because […]

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