March 20, 2014

Dear First Pres,

      Last Sunday I had the privilege of baptizing three sisters: Maile, Addison, and Carly Allen.  It’s always a touching time when we, as a Christian community, welcome children into God’s covenant people in this way.  What joy!  One of the vows the congregation takes says we will assume responsibility with the parents for the spiritual nurture of the children, “acting in behalf of ourselves and the whole Body of Christ.” 

March 6, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     What needs reconciling in your life? What part of your life needs to be made whole? These were the questions that Craig Blodgett presented to us at last night's Ash Wednesday service.  Craig did a great job of leading us through a meditation on Colossians 1:19-23 in which Paul speaks of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.  It was a wonderful text to reflect on at the beginning of this year's Lenten season.

January 30, 2014

Dear First Pres,

     Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord!  That’s what I was saying this morning as I walked out to get the newspaper and experienced a phenomenon I have rarely experienced since moving to Fresno – rain. Praise the Lord; let it rain!  I bet many of you started the day the same way, and I encourage you to keep praying for more rain.

January 17, 2014

Dear First Pres,

The experience we shared on Sunday is one of my favorite experiences of the year.  Remembering our baptisms is a powerful way of living into the identity that our baptisms signify.  Many of you came forward to remember and give thanks, but I know there were still some lingering questions about what exactly we were doing.  Let me address that briefly here.

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