Archive for Pastor’s Report – Page 2

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Do you need a blessing as the New Year begins this Sunday? Do you want to offer God a New Year’s resolution for your life?

Then don’t miss worship on New Year’s Day at 11 am.

Let’s begin 2012 in prayer together in our sanctuary.

Christmas Blessings!

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Want to find some unique Christmas gifts and support a good cause at the same time?  Shop at our Alternative Gift Fair this Sunday after worship!

What a great beginning for the Season of Advent, when we prepare our hearts to receive the hope, joy, and peace born in the child of Bethlehem!

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Why come to worship on a Sunday morning?  Sure, it’s a chance to encounter God, but can’t we do that on beautiful day in our backyard?  Or in the company of the ones we love most?  Why worship in church?

Well, only in our sanctuary can you experience God together with the people in that space, with all their joys and pain, smiling eyes and weary feet–with those who share your own commitment to the deepest values in our church–with those who’ve come to encounter God with you!

And what does it mean to encounter God?  For some, it means finding a sense of peace in the midst of turmoil.  For some it means finding renewed energy and hope.  For some it means gaining an insight about their lives.  For some it means experiencing how much God loves them.  As we encounter God together, we each experience what God knows we need to experience.

There’s only one condition for encountering God in worship: an open heart and mind.  Try it this Sunday!

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

There’s a personality-spirituality tool that has changed my life.  It’s called the Enneagram.  Want to see how it can change your life, too?  Come to my Wednesday evening classes in August.  But first come to one of two pre-class orientations happening tonight (Wednesday, July 20) at 6pm or next Wednesday (July 27) at 6pm in Fellowship Hall.

Wherever you are on life’s journey you are welcome at College Avenue!

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

ESPERANZA is back!

Come and experience our contemporary worship service this Sunday, July 17, at 7 pm.  Worship leader Melinda McLain will wow you and God with her voice.  Come early for some coffee and conversation in Cafe Esperanza.  The doors open at 6:30.

Blessings!

Pastor Michael

 

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

When did it become possible for Glenn Beck to declare that preaching a gospel of peace and justice is a sign of communism—and not be drowned out by protests of people of faith? That’s the question I just heard raised in Tampa, Florida by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts. Pitts addressed over 3000 of us from our wider church at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod. He’s just one of the speakers who stirred my spirit at General Synod and reminded me of what our church is all about. Can’t wait to share more when I’m back at College Avenue. In the meantime, check out Synod news and live streaming at ucc.org. Check out the UCC on facebook, too: facebook.com/UnitedChurchofChrist You might find out a little something about Ellen DeGeneres at Synod!

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Gandhi’s in hell? The great martyr for peace is in hell? This belief of a well-meaning fellow Christian is the reason Rob Bell wrote his bestseller Love Wins.

Join our discussion of Bell’s book on Sunday morning at 9 am to find out how the message of Jesus has been distorted by Christians over the centuries.

If you don’t have the book yet, not to worry! I’ll fill you in. This is the first of four discussion sessions. Come to one or all.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Our sanctuary will be in flames this Sunday!

The flames created by artist Charlie Jensen to help us celebrate Pentecost. That’s the day when the early church first opened itself to the fiery courage and strength of the Spirit of God. It’s also the day we open ourselves to the Spirit as we wave flaming red pompoms in worship and celebrate with a potluck meal afterward–followed by our mid-year Congregational meeting.

Come join the celebration. And bring an entree or side dish to share.

In the Spirit!

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Thanks to all who donated yard-sale items for our big church sale this Friday and Saturday at 2317 Tully Road!  Thanks to our friends Ralph and John for hosting the sale and to Gene Nordio for organizing it!

The selection of sale items is enticing, and we hope to raise $2000 for the outreach ministries we support.

If you’d still like to donate items today or tomorrow, please call Ralph at 527-6951 to arrange a time to drop your items off.  No clothing items please.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

From the Pastor

Dear College Avenue Friends,

Why do we need Jesus’ way to God or any way at all?  Can’t we just grow spiritually in our own way?  We’ll explore these and other questions in our class this Sunday morning on Jesus’ challenges to the conventional religion of his day and ours.

Hope to see you at 9 am in the youth room next door to Cafe Esperanza.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael