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From Pastor Amanda

During Holy Week (or sometime there about), I try to find time to watch the movie-musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s one of my traditions. Sometimes I get to watching it; other times I simply listen to the soundtrack in my car. Most of the time I’m exhausted but...

Ordained Christian Ministry

A member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will soon begin attending seminary, with plans for ordained ministry. There… I didn’t bury the lead. Read on. When one accepts both the call of God and the call of a congregation to ordained ministry, it is an ordination...

From Pastor Amanda

In the fourth grade, my church presented me with my first Bible. To me, it was a big deal. I think my peers could care less. Since I had another 45 minutes to sit in the pews and the pastor’s sermons never made sense, I opened my new Bible to the Book of Genesis and...

Don’t Give Up!

Ash Wednesday, on March 6 this year, begins the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. I hope you can join me at the three-churchAsh Wednesday service that night at Bethel UCC. As you know, Lent is the period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, that recall...

A Pastor’s Self-Exam

This past month I once again took advantage of an opportunity for continuing pastoral education. Each year I attend a national gathering of United Church of Christ senior pastors of larger congregations called “Conversations.” It is an opportunity for learning,...