Ripples on the River

Retirement

I thought I had an answer for the usual question, What are you going to do in retirement?

We planned to go to China as short-term Global Ministries Volunteers with Amity to help train English teachers in rural areas.  COVID-19 changed that plan.

June 2020

Going to Church

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the truth of the New Testament: The church is not a building.   When Paul talked about the church as God’s building, it was a metaphor like “God’s field” (I Corinthians 3:9).   The churches met in people’s homes, by a river, in someone’s shop.

Treasures

I spent time this winter going through 40 Boxes of my “archives” from our garage attic.

It’s time to downsize as we prepare to sell our house and build a new home without a basement or attic for storage.

March 2020

Forgiveness

One of the lessons new ministers need to learn is that there is no such thing as a perfect church.  Some move every few years searching for the congregation that fulfills all their hopes and dreams.

Vision 2020

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  As we begin a new year, it has become clear that it is time for me to give the congregation my retirement date:  June 1, 2020.  My last Sunday with you will be Pentecost, May 31, 2020.

New Music

If you attended our Easter Sunrise Service, you may have noticed that the cuckoo clock in the dining room needed resurrection….