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Beloved Community, Billy Joel, the pop singer, had a hit in the 1980s called ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. In the lyrics he names many of the current events of trauma that were … more

Mental Health

On the United Church of Christ calendar, Sunday, Jan. 30, is assigned as Health and Human Services Sunday. We have been through two plus years of the COVID pandemic. Many folks are tired of being … more

En Gedi

En Gedi is the largest oasis along the western shore of the Dead Sea.  It is a place of fresh water springs in the middle of the desert next to the Dead Sea. The springs are called “the … more

Anger and Prayer

Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for a man’s anger does not fulfill God’s justice. If a man who does not control his tongue imagines that he is devout, he is … more

Pastor's Pen

Beloved community, This is the time we reflect on our experiences of 2021. We think of the people we lost, the social concerns and celebrations we attended, all overshadowed by this ongoing … more

Blue Christmas

Elvis Presley sang a song titled “Blue Christmas” which implied that Christmas is not all happiness and celebration. His lyrics start out by singing: “I’ll have a blue … more

Advent

This week we lit the second candle on the advent wreath called “Bethlehem’s candle” which represents faith. Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is … more

Advent 

Advent season begins with the first Sunday of December. The definition of the word “Advent:” The first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four … more

Thanksgiving Around the World

There are many ways of celebrating the harvest and Thanksgiving around the world. Chusok is a Korean harvest (Thanksgiving) celebration, which is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar … more

Walton Walk For Hunger a Success!

On behalf of the Walton Ministerial Association and the Walton Walk for Hunger Planning Team, I want to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Walk a success. A … more

Say That Again?

Owa tagoo siam! Owa tagoo siam! Repeat those words over and over again? What are you saying? What language is it? Are you really a goose?  I played this game as a young girl at a 4-H club … more

Blueprints and Footprints In Our Lives

The Letter From James is only four Bible pages and is a worthy challenge to read and reflect upon during difficult days of pandemic, division, and isolation. The Letter emphasizes the importance of … more
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