Notes From a Concussed Pastor

Today’s reflection comes from Rev. Lisa Horst ClarkI never quite know how to answer the question “How are you?” in a way that feels honest and right since my concussion last June. “Good” is not quite right, “Not great” means all the conversation then centers on me, when...
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Just Add Water

Today’s reflection comes from Mariah PepperI was given an Amaryllis plant for Christmas, and on the packaging it declares in friendly lettering, “just add water!” On the one hand this is totally ridiculous. It’s a plant, not a pancake mix. But on the other...
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What a Year

What a year it has been for our faith community and indeed our world. In the past year, we have, in varying stages, received vaccinations and boosters to protect us and allow more physical engagement in the world. Some in our community have returned to their physical workplaces...
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Waiting and Claiming

The days in between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day hold a place for waiting and celebration. November 28th marked the beginning of Hanukkah and for Christians, Advent. From November 28th to December 24th, we climb the stairs to our attics and pull out the boxes filled with all...
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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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