Martin Luther once said, "Even if I know tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune (4/21/20) was about a group of people who search for lost/heirloom apple trees in orchards that were abandoned lon...

March 6, 2020

I recently read a piece about the great distances in the universe and the vast amount of time involved. The nearest star to the earth, other than the sun, is Alpha Centauri, which is estimated to be about 25 trillion miles away from earth - - 25 Trillion! It takes ligh...

January 11, 2020

God has blessed us with yet another year! Each day of life is an undeserved blessing that is given to each of us by a loving God. So certainly each new year of life is a cause for great thanksgiving.

The year 2020 will surely be a year of adventure for each and all of u...

November 25, 2019

As we approach our national day of Thanksgiving, I simply want to share with you the Thanksgiving Proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln made to the nation at a difficult and troubled time in our national life.   A century and a half later these words still bring...

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...

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