Category: This Week at FMC

January 20-26, 2021

I know I join many of you in wondering what this week will hold for our nation.  May our anchor be prayer to the God of the Universe who truly is larger than our fears, and the source of our trust be Jesus, who leads us on toward a love that defies human understanding and […]

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January 13-19, 2021

During Pastor Tonya’s introduction to the Luke sermon series on “The Jesus Way”, she mentioned Alexander John Shaia’s summary of the “four gospels path.” For Shaia, each gospel explores a different question:  Matthew, “how do we face change?”  Mark, “how do we move through suffering?” John, “how do we receive joy?” Luke, “how do we […]

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January 6-12, 2021

“Star the New Year!”  I’m curious if any of you caught my typo in the email I sent last week about the Personal Compass Journaling Exercise?  It took me awhile, but then I saw it:  “Personal Compass Journaling Exercise to star the New Year?”  Then I kept noticing the trouble I was having with typing […]

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December 23, 2020-January 5, 2021

“O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray, cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today! We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell. O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel.”  (Phillip Brooks – O Little Town of Bethlehem) Christmas Greetings from Pastor Tonya:  […]

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December 16-22, 2020

“Mary, consenting to what none could guess, replied with conviction, “tell God I say yes.”  (John L. Bell in “No Wind at the Window” STS 11) Power.  We might not think about Mary exercising power, but in her ‘yes’ she was using her own power to act.  This is what power is: the ability to […]

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December 9-15, 2020

Our hearts are empty without YouBarren and coldBut for the boldHope that You YourselfPlanted within In the mighty name of GodIn the saving name of JesusIn the strong name of the SpiritWe comeWe cryWe watchWe waitWe lookWe long for you Sometimes we long for the morningFor a refrainFrom etchings in painYet our lonelinessDraws us to […]

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December 2-8, 2020

Voluminous best describes the piles of dust I swept up last night in our kitchen. Did you know this is what you’ll find when you don’t move your refrigerator for 10 years?  Maybe you are better about cleaning under your appliances than we are!  As I scrubbed serious grime from the floor, I was thinking […]

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November 25 – December 1, 2020

I waited patiently for the Lord  He turned to me and heard my cry   He lifted me up out of the slimy pit out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on the rock              He gave me a firm place to stand  He put a new song in my mouth              […]

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November 18-24, 2020

A blessing in disguise during this pandemic is the expanded opportunities for learning and connecting from the comfort of home or office!  For example, today I am planning to get together with local women clergy for lunch, have a planning meeting with Julie Goering for our I Am Not Your Enemy study group, and meet […]

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November 11-17, 2020

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” –Meister Eckhart “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 I have a Facebook friend who writes a daily gratitude post, every day of the year(s).  Pretty amazing, and a welcome voice of […]

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