Pastor’s January Message


All joking aside, this is an important time for us as Christians.  The New Year helps us remember that we are always made new in Christ Jesus.  The good news is that we don’t have to wait to change the calendar on December 31.  Rather, we get to realize this every single day as we are baptized children of God.

Beginning fresh and new is truly a gift from God, yet so many things seem to get in the way of us fully realizing it.  What prevents us from being renewed and being the people that God created us to be?  My sense is that the answer will be different for each one of us.  However, I do believe there are similar patterns that can be addressed to clear a straight path.

To begin this conversation, the Social Ministry Committee will begin a luggage drive that will help transitioning children in difficult times.  The program is aptly called, “Let Go of your Baggage.”  What other baggage do we carry around that prevents us from fully living into our calling?

I confess to you that I have an issue with clutter.  This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as I’m sure that you have been in my office…  To this end, I plan to immerse myself in reading and learning about decluttering as a spiritual practice.  First on my list will be reading Unstuff: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup. I have every intention of sharing what I learn through my calling to preach and to teach.

I invite you to join me in this journey as we all strive to live faithfully in the new year.


Pastor Julie

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