October 5, 2019

October is about the best month of the year at least in terms of nature's beauty.  The mix of red, yellow, orange, green in the leaves on the trees can just stop me in my tracks!   Plump Pumpkins everywhere!   In the fields and gardens, in front of the grocery stores,...

August 17, 2019

"Point your kids in the right direction - - when they are older 

they won't be lost"

Proverbs 22:6 (The Message)

As the autumn approaches and the school year begins, we at First Pres Valpo are looking forward to a very exciting autumn. Along with the highly anticipat...

June 29, 2019

Just the other day I saw workers putting up a big white tent in the parking lot at the Kmart.   Boxes of fireworks were being carried into the tent. As we approach the Fourth of July, I can already hear firecrackers in our neighborhood in the early evening. Many towns...

May 12, 2019

Once a month Cathy Greenawald and I meet with the Presbyterians of Pines Village to share the Lord's Supper.   Cathy often brings an article or a devotion to share with us.   Last week, she read to us from Ann Weems' wonderful book of poems called "Reaching for Rainbow...

March 23, 2019

As we move more deeply into Lent, I want to share an experience a friend told me about having when she was in seminary. In one class, a fellow student gave a presentation on what happened to a human body during a Roman crucifixion, drawing upon some medical research th...

February 1, 2019

February is a very unique and remarkable month with all kinds of events and characteristics that set it apart.  For one, it is the shortest month of the year with only 28 days, or sometimes 29, but not this year.  And yet with the cold and snow and darkness it often se...

December 16, 2018

Christmas is such a massive cultural experience in our nation, and we have developed a very pervasive image of the ideal, perfect Christmas.  This image is made up of a combination of things -- certainly the Christmas stories written by Charles Dickens in the 19th cent...

October 29, 2018

I think many of us are still processing the new reality that our church is in a time of change. The announcement that pastors Mark and Toby will be leaving our congregation is a time for looking back at what has been accomplished in the nearly three years that they hav...

September 9, 2018

Although there are still warm days to come, the year has certainly turned to autumn. Interestingly, no one really knows where the word "autumn" came from. It is a very old word. It was used by Chaucer in the 1300's and later by Shakespeare, but its origin is lost in th...

July 23, 2018

One of the great blessings of summertime is that it sometimes brings a slower pace of life and an immersion in the beauties of God's world, both of which provide an opportunity to think more deeply about our connection to God. Recently, I have become aware that I have...

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