We have finished another week of the stay-in-place order and the streets are much quieter. The grocery store frenzy seems to have settled slightly, though only slightly. It is still difficult to get such staple items as toilet paper, paper towels, some canned goods, some fresh foods, meat of all sorts, flour, sugar, and even … Continue reading And Onward We Go
April is fast approaching and we are beginning to settle into a new way of being together. Although I have been reluctant over the years to push remote technology as ways of interacting (it’s just so hard, we have all said), necessity has me learning at a fast rate! So let us all prepare our … Continue reading Here’s Looking at You!
Good afternoon, New Covenant family and friends! Things around us continue to change or be extended. The State of Texas has just issued an executive order that all gatherings (including religious service) of 10 or more be cancelled until April 3. All schools across the state are closed with online classes being held until April … Continue reading Here We Are
Greetings New Covenant! What a difference a few hours can make. As you likely already know, Dallas County along with area towns and cities (including Sunnyvale) has issued an order that all gatherings exceeding 500 people be cancelled or rescheduled. It is recommended and encouraged that all gatherings over 250 and over 10 for at … Continue reading Cancellations: Please Read!
Dear Brothers, sisters, siblings all, It is no secret that the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is all over the news. This is not the time for panic, hysteria, or even plain ‘ol everyday overreaction. It is, however, time to put precautions in place, and so New Covenant UMC is going to be responsible in caring for … Continue reading Responding to the Corona Virus
We are now in the season of Lent, those 40 days (not counting Sundays which are mini-Easters) of preparation for Easter. I pray that we don’t rush through the days this year. Rather, let us slow down and take this time seriously. Some of us have given something up for Lent as is tradition. What … Continue reading Time for Lent
I have received a number of questions about what it means to be a “reconciling church” and what it does not mean. I have also been told about some misinformation that is circulating. So I sincerely hope that you will all read this article to its conclusion. Reconciling Ministries has as its vision the full … Continue reading To Reconcile
I have again received two questions! The first: Why is the Bee Movie so awesome? I must confess that I’ve never seen the Bee Movie…but after a little research for this article I’ve decided that it’s moved up to my must see movie list. I also have a few ideas about why it might be … Continue reading To Bee or Not to Bee?
Last month I promised to answer the other question that has made its way into the “Ask the Pastor” box: Why do you want to be a pastor? What a question! How long have you got? How much space am I allowed? The answer is both complex and at the same time very simple. I … Continue reading Ask The Pastor, Again
A while back we set up a box for your questions…anonymous or not as you choose. As we grow and develop together, some things will surely change, and it is always healthier to keep the lines of communication open than to whisper in the parking lot! I promised to answer every question respectfully. And guess … Continue reading Ask the Pastor, Really