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We had a fantastic day for the 2017 Church Picnic!  Great thanks to the Cazenovia Community Band for coming out to provide some wonderful music.  Thanks also to Jim and BJ Palmer for all their hard work, to all who provided side dishes, and to those who stayed to help clean […]

Church Picnic June 2017



Several years ago, I was called to make a pastoral visit with a parishioner, Ramona who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The doctor’s prognosis was that she had  about one month to live. As I sat down to talk with Ramona that day, I expected her to want […]

Sermon: The Company We Keep




Mother’s Day can be kind of a dilemma for the preacher. It doesn’t observe any religious festival, such as Christmas or Epiphany, Easter or Pentecost. It’s not marked on the liturgical calendar of the church. The common lectionary readings don’t revolve around the theme of mothers in any intentional or […]

That All Might Know Love


In the early spring of last year we were living in a little condo in Davenport, Iowa. It was early March and I was coming to the end of an extended interim ministry which had proven extremely challenging. After three years of dealing with a variety of stressful issues, I […]

A Change in the Garden



When I was a boy, my mother would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. “I don’t know, Mom,” I’d say. “I’m only eight years old.” “Someday,” she would reply, “you’ll have a burning desire to do something; and then you’ll know.” I grew up, went […]

Doing a Slow Burn





On April 30th we will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, immediately following the morning Worship Service. The primary topic of conversation will follow up on the Panel Discussion concerning refugee replacement, Interfaith Works current program needs, and how this congregation might participate […]

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled