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September 10, 2020

Dear FPC— Hurricane force winds in Utah! Seriously? I’ve about had it with 2020! My prayer is that you are safe and well and have your power on. I’m staggered as I go around town and see the scope and breadth of the destruction. It is really amazing that more people were not hurt and […]

September 4, 2020

Labor Day Weekend—for me that means the end of summer and the beginning of fall—a new school year, a new church program year, a new rhythm of life, work, play, rest and worship. The beginnings are at least as important as the ending. For years when I lived in Seattle there was a big music […]

August 20, 2020

Dear FPC— I can’t believe it is August 20. It feels like August just started! Even in the middle of this weird summer the sudden rush up to September seems to be happening. All around the church there is a drumbeat of progress and forward movement. Your mission study team is meeting TODAY and hopes […]

July 23, 2020

Dear FPC— Happy Pioneer Day! I hope you enjoy some fireworks, some pie, and possibly a cold beverage—all at a safe distance from people outside your “bubble” of course! I am inspired by the pioneers—they risked everything for a new life in an uncertain country. Civil rights pioneers are similar—risking even their lives for the […]

July 16, 2020

Dear FPC— Do you find yourself grateful or grousing more often these days? I was struck by a quote a son of FPC posted today on Facebook—happiness does not make us grateful, gratitude makes us happy. I remember James Baird as a kid, and here he is teaching me! Developing a practice of gratitude is […]

July 9, 2020

Dear FPC— How are you doing? We all are tired of the pandemic, and yet the risk of catching COVID 19 in our community is much higher than ever before. That is discouraging. All of us are sick of having our lives disrupted, worried about jobs and the economy, and anxious about getting sick ourselves. […]

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.  […]