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From the Pastor

Friends, food, fun–and a fantastic view of the mountains beckoning to us!  Don’t miss our Sierra Supper this Friday.  If you feel inclined, bring a green salad or corn bread to share.

We’ll grow closer to one another as we unite in our common purpose: to climb mountains for a world in need.

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends!

The countdown continues.  Just 4 days to Homecoming Sunday, September 9.  Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided at our annual cookout after a special worship service.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  And bring a friend to share the fun.  Whoever brings the most friends wins an apple pie made by me.

This is a great opportunity to come home if life has taken you away from us for a while.  Or to discover a home and friends to climb mountains with–for those who need us in our world.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends

Do we need to make sure our church is here in 15 years? Why? For what purpose? How do we get equipped to carry out that purpose?

These important questions are the reason for this Friday’s “Arabian Nights” event. After a scrumptious Moroccan dinner, we’ll engage in some fun activities to help us envision our church as a base camp where we get equipped to climb mountains in our community and world.  Then on Sunday, to keep us on track following our base-camp adventure, I’ll begin a sermon series on “Getting Equipped for the Climb”–our worship theme through September.

Don’t miss out on how to equip yourself to grow spiritually as you participate in our church’s calling to make a difference in our world. If we don’t get equipped for the climb, we can forget the mountains. I never want to forget the mountains! How about you?

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends

Our one urgent calling is to live our life with God.  What does that mean?  According to Jesus, it means self-development and self-giving.  The two are inextricably connected, and God is found in both.

This calling takes courage, day by day.  And encouragement.  We expect to find these things in a community of faith, which has a calling all its own.

Here’s to our bold life together.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends

We all feel a sense of urgency about different things.  Getting the roof repaired.  Helping our children succeed in school.  Taking care of a medical problem.  Finding friends.

But the urgency of things like these is temporary.  Only one kind of urgency persists for all of us throughout our lives, no matter what our individual circumstances are.  There’s only one urgent calling that we hear at the deepest level of our being—if we listen.

Find out more in this Sunday’s message: “Our One Urgent Calling.”

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

“A calling is not so much something in our path, as we are in its path.  In following it, we exercise the courage to leave behind what we have for what we don’t, what we are for what we could be”.   These are the words of writer Gregg Levoy.

This calling to reach our full potential is the path to God according to Jesus.  Here’s to following that path together.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

“Have you really lived ten thousand or more days, or have you lived one day ten thousand or more times?”  That’s the question the writer Wayne Dyer asks.  Jesus was passionate about the same question.  It’s why he said, “I came so that you might have life and have it to the full.”

Real life means moving beyond our comfort zones.  Taking risks!  Here’s to never settling for living the same day ten thousand or more times!

Blessings in following the way of Jesus.

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

This Sunday is Easter!  What more is there to say?  Except to invite you to heighten your Easter joy by experiencing the poignant beauty of the days leading to resurrection.

In a Thursday evening service at 7:30 in our sanctuary, we’ll re-enact Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, when he washed their feet and gave them a new commandment to serve each other as he served them.  That mandate is the reason we call Thursday Maundy Thursday. Come at 7  if you’d like to hear simple Taize chants on the guitar before the service begins.

On Friday, a Labyrinth on the front lawn will be available for a walking meditation between noon and 3 pm, the hours Jesus spent on the cross.   Our church is also participating with other local churches in a Good Friday service at noon at First United Methodist Church at 16th and I Streets.

And at 7:30 pm on Good Friday, we’ll move into twilight with a Tenebrae Service in our sanctuary.  This re-telling of the story of Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and death includes haunting music and ends in darkness.  Several local congregations will join us for this dramatic evening.

Blessings on your Holy Week journey!

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Our young people will lead us this Sunday as we begin the Holy Week before Easter! Following a giant street puppet of Jesus, we’ll march around our campus and into the sanctuary for our worship service. This Palm Sunday march is a re-enactment of Jesus’ courageous entrance into Jerusalem the week before he died.

Sunday afternoon at 3, we’ll gather again at our church with five other congregations from our Mountain Valley Association. The young people from the churches will get to know each other in a special activity. We’ll all participate in a short inter-generational worship service and a short informational program on the “Occupy Movement.” Then we’ll share a delectable meal prepared by MOM (Men of Might).

Come and enter the festive and challenging spirit of Palm Sunday!

Blessings on your Lenten Journey,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Thanks for your generosity! It made possible our no-change 2012 budget, which we approved in our January congregational meeting. As I said at that meeting, I’m filled with so much hope by this commitment to all of our ministries, especially after coming through a very difficult time as a church.

I’m also hopeful that you’ll take me up on a very important invitation related to this difficult time. For my part in it I’ve apologized publicly to you and to Rob. And over many good hours with Rob, I’ve listened to what he has experienced and asked his forgiveness for the specific ways my actions or words have hurt him. Our conversations have brought healing to both of us. And we are in a very good place together, happy to be serving together in the church we both love.

But maybe you still need some reassurance that all is well? Or maybe you would just like to discuss your own lingering concerns? Rob and I would welcome the opportunity to talk to you—together or alone with either one of us. Please let us listen to you and help you find your own healing.

Remember, this is the Epiphany Season of God’s Healing Light!

Pastor Michael