Yearly Archives: 2017


One of this year’s improvement projects is to have the steeple painted.  Barnes & Rees of Cazenovia have taken on the project, which involved renting a large hydraulic lift.  Check out the images of the lift in action, as well as a few other recent improvement projects.

Steeple Painting Underway



During the summer of 2012 while I was taking a summer sabbatical, Diane and I had the opportunity to share pulpit supply duties at a handful of small town and rural churches in Kansas, one of which was Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Now Hopewell is what you would call the epitome […]

Sermon: Where Two are Gathered



Fifty-four years ago, at the heights of the civil rights movement – the spring of 1963 – eight Birmingham clergymen (one of whom was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham) wrote an open letter which was published in the Birmingham News on April 12th. Even though […]

Sermon: Dog Days of Summer


The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), J. Herbert Nelson, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Rev. Dr. Steven Gaines, and Pope Francis, were all out fishing together. But they weren’t having any luck catching anything. So the Pope suggested to the group that they go out to […]

Sermon: IN DEEP WATERS


The late 19th century Philadelphia Pastor named Russell H. Conwell, who founded Temple University, raised money to build that school by giving literally hundreds of lectures across the country. And every lecture Conwell gave included a true story which he called, “Acres of Diamonds”. It goes like this: “There was […]

Sermon: Hidden Treasure



I’ve been wondering lately about those little seeds that get planted in our lives – planted in our hearts and minds – through childhood experiences – those little moments in time – through words that are spoken either in love or in haste. Wondering about the haphazard way in which […]

Sermon: Planting Seeds of Faith


A rainy day full of strong storms has uprooted the large old tree in front of the Wendell House, taking part of our iron fence with it, and blocking both the driveways to the Wendell house and the Church.  Kudos to the village clean up crew who were quick to […]

Storm Brings Down Tree


A Presbyterian minister, a Priest and a Rabbi were talking over lunch about prayer in general and the most appropriate posture and effective position for prayer in particular. As they were talking, a telephone repairman, working on the phone system in the restaurant, was sort of eavesdropping on their conversation. […]

Sermon: SUMMER SOULSTICE