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July 1, 2020

Dear FPC— Happy July! That means that the first half of 2020 is over! Frankly, I’m ready to move on to something new . But, of course actual events—pandemics, systemic racism, economic turmoil, political disputes, etc. – don’t care about our turning over the page on a calendar. So our lives today look a lot […]

June 26, 2020

Dear FPC: Last Sunday we saw God’s expansive welcome—sending us out into the streets, the alleys, the highways and the hedges to invite all kinds of people to his banquet. Do you think of being with God as a party? The Bible often describes it as a great party—a banquet or a wedding feast. Our […]

June 19, 2020

Dear FPC— The other day Alice looked outside and said “what a beautiful fall day!” I think we will be back to summer by the weekend, but how strange that we have had this run of cooler weather (and how about that rain the other day!?). All of this reminds me—even though it is still […]

June 11, 2020

Dear FPC— Suddenly racism is on everyone’s mind.  Many people’s reaction is “Racism?  Not my problem!”  With respect, it really is our problem.  People of color are the victims of the racism of white people—both conscious and unconscious racism.  Our brothers and sisters have been mistreated and even killed for years and we are mostly ignoring it.  […]

June 4, 2020

Dear FPC—             A Time To Pray.   It feels like the world is going crazy.  COVID, senseless killings of black men, huge protests, a spirit of lawlessness leading to rioting and violence and destruction, a spirit of division driving us apart, many businesses still closed down (and some will not reopen), and now surging numbers […]

May 28, 2020

Dear FPC— As we approach Pentecost on Sunday (remember to wear red to worship!), we are praying for a renewed experience of God’s Spirit in us. With millions around the world through Thy Kingdom Come we are praying for friends to experience God’s love in a new and powerful way. I hope you will join […]

May 20, 2020

Dear FPC— Try to imagine how the first disciples felt when Jesus ascended to heaven. First he is killed, then he comes back, but now he’s gone? What do we do? Jesus promised that he would send his Spirit to be with them, guide them and empower them. But not yet. After the ascension they […]

May 14, 2020

Dear FPC— This is getting hard, isn’t it? We yearn for connection and “normality” and even just for clear information about how to keep our neighbors safe. Please know that your Session and staff are all learning, working and thinking hard about how we should move forward as a congregation. For many or most of […]

May 7, 2020

Dear FPC, Things are complicated. I see new life springing up in flowers and trees, and am excited about a new family being born on Saturday as Gracie gets married. At the same time, I am heartbroken by the continued death and destruction from the pandemic. And I am devastated by YET ANOTHER black man […]

April 30, 2020

Dear FPC— Connection. We are made for it. Today (Thursday) Alice and I walked up near the U Hospital to watch the fly by (see my picture!). It was really fun. Fun to see others gathered (and yet spread out) to also watch. Fun to see the pilots flying by. Fun to remember all the […]