Pastor’s Notes

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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 […]

October’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Have you ever had a difficult neighbor? When Mr. Palmer moved into his new house, he and his neighbor got along just fine. They would smile and wave when they saw each other in the driveway. There was no fence between their yards, and they never dreamed that they would ever need one. The problem […]

September’s Pastor Note

by Kirsten Baxter

I love checking Facebook this time of year. One of the joys of being connected with friends from all over is that their kids all attend different schools. For weeks my newsfeed is full of adorable pictures of kids going back to school. As each of these pictures pop up, I pray for the students returning […]

August’s Pastor Note

by Kirsten Baxter

“And Jesus called out to [Simon Peter and Andrew], ‘Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people.’ And they left their nets at once and went with Jesus.” – Matthew 4:19-20, New Living Version Just for the record, I hate moving! And although some say it’s like Christmas when […]