Chancel Choir Returns to Rehearsals

Today’s reflection is from Minister of Music Stephen O’Bent: The last time the Chancel Choir rehearsed together in the sanctuary was March 4th, 2020. It feels like several universes away, but I remember a number of details from that night – the uneasy...
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Living Our Values

Today’s reflection is from Communications and Building Manager Mariah Pepper: Something you may not know about me is that I grew up in the UCC. It’s part of why I thought this job would be such a good fit for me. I speak the language you hear around this church. For...
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Work, Rest, Start Again

Today’s reflection is from Pastor Lisa: These days, I have a clock that comes with me almost everywhere I go. It has six sides, and is designed so that if you turn it to one of the sides it starts a timer for 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes. At the moment, the 20 and 30 minute...
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Who Is the Church?

As I reflect upon this time in our church community and indeed our world, I am reminded of a UCC phrase, “Be The Church.” We see it on banners, coffee mugs, and t-shirts. We hear it in sermons, prayers, and benedictions. I wonder how it might apply to our faith community at this...
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Worship in 3D

Today’s reflection comes from Kristi Falkner and Darryn Quincey: We, personally, have now attended “in-person church” for four Sundays since the start on August 15th. We are so happy to be back in the Sanctuary. The greeters are there, the musicians are there and the...
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Update From Pastor Lisa

From Pastor Lisa:On June 3rd, I hit my head getting into my car. I had parked on a hill, which I don’t usually do, and was looking in my purse, so I didn’t see the car door come back at me. I know how many times in life there are those small moments that mark a before and an...
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Patience and Energy

Today’s reflection comes from Office Manager Mariah Pepper:I wrote down something that Jim Bechtold (incoming Moderator) said in his prayer at last week’s congregational meeting: “may we be as patient as we need to be, and as energetic as we can be” in this period of...
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Keeping Current

Many years ago, I was a member of a group whose focus was placed on keeping current with one another. We lived into this focus by sharing life’s challenges and successes with one another, reminding us that we need not face challenges alone and that our successes are achieved...
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Expectations

Today’s Reflection comes from Council Moderator Kaarin Shumate. Remember the first stage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, when we had phases, lettered groups within each phase, and tiers within each group? I estimated that I’d be eligible for a vaccine by July. Then on...
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