Pastor’s Notes

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October’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Psychologist Milton Rokeach struck upon an unusual way to treat three patients who suffered from delusions of grandeur. Each believed himself to be unique among humanity – the messiah, the one called to save the world. Rokeach found it was very difficult to help each of the men accept the truth about their identity. So, he […]

September’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

In the Fall we hear of ‘Back to School’ sales; churches promoting ‘Back to Church’ events; after summer vacations we hear people whine about needing to go ‘Back to work’. However, I want to suggest that this Fall we don’t go ‘BACK’. Instead, let’s move FORWARD!  Forward into a new school year…after all, how many of […]

August’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

She came, timidly at first, this small, veteran camper. She had heard the invitation to all campers to make a commitment to Christ for a week – just a week. But she had also heard that campers could come forward with concerns they had, and the pastoral staff would pray for their concerns. I was […]

May’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

“[Jesus said], ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of […]

April’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

It may seem really early to think about it but…  “Just ___ shopping days ‘til Christmas!”  How many times did you hear that last December? Of course, that’s one of the ways that retailers help to encourage you to make your Christmas celebration plans.  What preparations did you make for Christmas last year – buying […]

March’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice meets the smiling Cheshire Cat at a crossroads. He was watching her from the limbs of a nearby tree. Alice asked the cat which road she should take. He replied that it depended on where she wanted to go. Alice told him she wasn’t going in any particular […]

February’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

One of the most difficult decisions in the past few weeks: whether or not to cancel services because of the weather. We recognize the need to keep people safe, especially with the nasty winds, drifting snow, icy roads and bitter, BITTER COLD!  But to us, Worship has always been the lifeblood of a church – […]

January’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

On December 14, 1996, a 763-foot grain freighter crashed into a Mississippi riverside shopping mall at New Orleans, and 116 people were injured. The crash destroyed a major part of the wharf, where 200 shops and restaurants were located. The ship lost control in a place on the river that is considered to be the […]

December’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Well it hardly seems possible, but it is that time of year again.  It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying caramel apples, picking pumpkins, giving thanks with family and friends, and sitting around a bonfire. Now, we have traded that all in for colder weather and the joy of the holiday season. Yet, every year […]

November’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

A number of years ago, a colleague and I stopped for a quick bite at a small fast food restaurant after a spiritually inspiring event. We had spent the afternoon with a large crowd of fellow United Methodists. We worshipped. We prayed. We shared ministry hopes and dreams. The preacher for the event had been […]