'Walking Together'

Terry Walton


‘Walking Together’ I was Thinking… Experiencing life together is important.  When friends and family walk through life together there is a bonding that takes place unlike any other.  This past week was a reminder of this for me.  With the death of my ‘Down Syndrome’ sister-in-love, Jeanne, I was reminded of the power of walking together through life.  It had been a very hard three weeks for the entire family while Jeanne’s life hung in the balance.  When she breathed her last breath this past ...

Just Thinking... Another Birthday!

Dana Everhart


William Shakespeare, Shirley Temple, John Cena, George Lopez, Matthew Underwood, and a host of others share the date of April 23rd with me. Yes, in 1960 in a land far away called Florida, I was born 57 years ago. I stand in a line of pretty famous people. I am older then some and much younger than others.  Fifty-seven years! My children have lovingly announced that I am only 3 years away from 60! Yes, I, too, wonder at times why we don't eat our young! I'm just thinking, but it was only ...

‘Conspiracy of Niceness’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My younger brother taught me a phrase several years ago as I was complaining about this and that.  He said “Do you want some cheese with that ‘whine’?”  I’ve not forgot it.  There are moments when all of us can lose focus and when we do the path often taken is the path of whining and complaining. In her book ‘The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century’ Joan Chittister writes “Complaining and complacency are the two evils that community life most abhors and can ...

Just Thinking... of Newness and Alleluias

Dana Everhart


The singer/song writer Maureen McGovern could have been a pastor. She penned the words that every pastor thinks about in her song The Morning After: There's got to be a morning after If we can hold on through the night We have a chance to find the sunshine Let's keep on looking for the light Oh, can't you see the morning after? It's waiting right outside the storm Why don't we cross the bridge together And find a place that's safe and warm? It's not too late, we should be giving Only with ...

'Hard Decisions'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… How difficult it is to make ‘hard decisions’.  After all they are called ‘hard decisions’ for a reason.  They are not ‘easy decisions’.  I suppose most anyone can make ‘easy decisions’.  ‘Easy decisions’ are comfortable and popular.  ‘Hard decisions’, on the other hand, are uncomfortable and for someone or some group unpopular.  But it is in the ‘hard decisions’ that life is often moved to a better and healthier place.  For those who are courageous and healthy enough to make the...

‘A Weekend of Heroes’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… This past weekend was a weekend of ‘heroes’ for me.  Who is your hero?  I have several.  My dad is my hero.  He is 84 on his way to 85 and stays as active as the ‘Ever-Ready Bunny’.  My mom is my hero.  I’ll not tell her age lest I am required to have soap in the mouth (that’s what she did when we say ‘bad words’ as children…There was a period in my childhood when I had the cleanest mouth in town…Ivory soap is the worst).  I’m blessed with many heroes. This past weekend I ...

Just Thinking... About Moving

Dana Everhart


I know this morning many of our laity and many of our clergy are awaking to the realization that there are moves afoot for churches and clergy. I also realize that many of the "kitchen cabinets" are wondering what in the world the Bishop and her Cabinet were thinking. I am certain that there is joy and there is sadness in the midst of our district.  I want to reassure all who are reading this column that God Almighty, the Lord of life, and the Holy Spirit have been in the midst of our meetings ...


Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking…   In his book Developing the Leaders Around You leadership guru John Maxwell writes that “Communication is positive interaction.  When communication is one-sided, it can be comical.”  Then he records this experience:   “Why do you want a divorce?” the judge asked.  “On what grounds?” “All over.  We have an acre and a half,” responded the woman. “No, no,” said the judge.  “Do you have a grudge?” “Yes, sir. Fits two cars.” “I need a reason for the divorce,” said the judge ...

Just Thinking... Strength and Courage

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...  Strength and Courage "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 We are a people who believe in the power of scripture and in its place in our daily lives. We preach from the texts of the ancient prophets, and we share the words of the disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ week after week. We offer instruction in Bible Studies and Small Groups on the ...

Just Thinking... Sharing the Story

Dana Everhart


John 4:5-42. WOW, that is long reading! There is so much in this passage to preach and to teach from that I have trouble knowing where to begin.  The fact that Jesus has no issue being among "those people," you know, the Samaritans,  reminds us that Jesus has no bias or hate toward any of God's children. Every place is His home. John Pinson reminded us in Cabinet last week that the Greek for "well" means a bubbling up spring of life. There is one awesome sermon there. He did a great job ...

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