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How my mom’s UMW got happier in 1973

Posted by Pastor Paula Ferris on

In 1973, I was a witness to how my mother found a way to be happier with her United Methodist Women’s group. The women of the UMW were preparing for their annual fund-raising bazaar, where items such as embroidered dish towels could be purchased for a mere $3.50—a bargain even...

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Where Is Your Brother?

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  I have a friend who is in the midst of a conflict among her five siblings about how to care for their aging and frail parents.  It’s hard to know what’s best for the parents, because some of the siblings don’t trust some of the others not to have selfish...

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Pastor Paula's Peace

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I believe the hope of the world is in the local church. It’s here that we share the inward spiritual journey healing and discovering and it’s here that we share the outward spiritual journey of love and justice andservice. That’s why, every fall, I like to share a Fall Focus...

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Why Do People Come to Church

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During my recent move, as I cleaned out a few files, I discovered some notes I had taken a couple of years ago at a seminar with nationally respected church growth expert, Jim Griffin.   “Do you know why people come to church?” he asked.  Actually, I did know that 75% of...

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A Note from Pastor Paula

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I am a refugee from the great folk scare of the 60s and I am going full geek mode to share a little of that with you this Sunday.   If you want a preview—find it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMoPZd-4Fq8   For decades people in churches have fought about what...

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Pastor Paula's Peace

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I had a friend who used to say, “Two moves are as good as one fire!” That’s not true, of course, but moving does give one a chance to reevaluate, reassess and reconsider one’s belongings. I’ve spent a couple of months doing that as I’ve packed and unpacked...

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“Breathe on me, breath of God”

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The ruah of God, the spirit, the breath, the essence, of God, is how we describe the movement of God in our lives. It’s hard to describe, and language is sometimes more of a barrier than a help when we talk about God stuff. This week in worship, we’ll talk about how we...

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Greetings Beloveds

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Greetings, beloveds! I have met with your terrific Staff-Parish Relations Committee, your wonderful staff, had a great day with Pastor Phil (you have been so blessed in these years with him, he’s amazing!), and had a short tour of the facilities. I’ve looked at the calendar of...

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