Pastor’s Blog

Pastor’s Letter

Dear friends, We read Psalm 44 this morning in our staff Bible study, a psalm loaded with anger, fear, and frustration towards God. We considered the different places in society that are loaded down with the same kind of raw emotions. The United Methodist Church came to mind, especially after its jarring vote yesterday regarding…

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From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers, My sweet girl has reached the age that she is afraid of things. In the last couple of months, every dark corner and loud noise is a bear. At first, I thought she wanted some attention or a reason to cuddle up until I looked at her face. Just as she was…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable, but it sure is necessary when addressing some of the world’s critical issues. One such issue comes to mind: Palestine. The Israeli-Palestinian situation is a nightmare. Michelle Alexander wrote an alarming column in the NY Times earlier this week comparing the treatment of Palestinians to apartheid in South…

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Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends, First and foremost, we wish for you and your family a blessed a happy Christmas season. Each of us approaches the season in different ways, no doubt. However you approach it, our prayer is that you will be filled with the song of the angels and the wonder of the shepherds. What a…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, Early voting opened this week in North Carolina, so I thought it’d be appropriate to tell you how to vote. Yeah, right. No doubt, voting in the US is a remarkable privilege. According to Quora, only 44 percent of the world’s countries are liberal democracies, which means that less than 50 percent conduct…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, I’m not sure what gives some people more courage than others, but it’s a character trait I’ve often envied. From the wide receiver who leaps for the perfect catch to the first responders rescuing folks stranded by Hurricane Florence, there’s something about risking it for the sake of the play — or for…

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From the Pastor

My bees didn’t make it this year. Call it bad weather, bad luck, bad beekeeping, or maybe the vicious assault of neighboring mustached bees that were remarkably coordinated in their attack. Bottom line: We won’t have honey this year. Which is a bummer. To be honest, I didn’t get off to a good start. Well,…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, In the next few weeks, we will bid farewell to Freya Obermuller, who has lived with us as an exchange student since last August. Freya, from Hamburg, Germany, has become a wonderful addition to our family — our fourth child, it seems — leading Carter and Matt to call her Freya OberWoolly. She’ll…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, So how did THAT happen? Just four years ago, my son Carter joined an amazing class of St. John’s high school seniors in walking across the graduation stage. In the blink of an eye, many of those same “kids” will be walking across another stage. Others are already hard at work, and one…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, I am always amazed at the changing of the seasons. You think that after thirty plus years, it would be all too familiar for me, but, then again, winter gives way to spring and I stand in awe at what has just happened. The cold, death of winter gives way to new life.…

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