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Several years ago, one of my parishioners gave me a wonderful little book called: The Gospel According to Peanuts. In one cartoon, Charlie Brown is sitting under a tree talking to Peppermint Patty, who asks him, “What do you think security is, Chuck?” Charlie Brown thinks about it a moment […]

Sermon: The New Normal


My Lucky Tummy is Back, and this time the party is happening at St. Peter’s Church in Cazenovia! This one’s a fundraiser to support resettlement housing in Cazenovia. We got Burma, Egypt, Pakistan, Vietnam + dessert from Syria! Typically we’ve had 400+ guests, but this is gonna be a little […]

My Lucky Tummy




The question we are left with today is: Are you envious because I am generous? And if we are honest with ourselves, the answer has to be: Yes. Yes I am. Come on, you can’t say you’ve never been envious of another person; their success, their accomplishments, their talents, their […]

Sermon: No Playing Favorites


As I write this newsletter, tomorrow (September 20) is designated the International Day of Peace. Several years ago, Diane and I attended a Peace Making Conference at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The conference was called “Remembering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling”. With the apparently increasing tensions between races and nations, […]

Pastor’s Journal – October




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