Dad

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Carla Aday, Home Page, Senior Minister Blog

In many ways my father is very old school and traditional. For example, you put on a crisp white shirt and tie to go to church to show your respect. And he always opens the door for a lady to pass through first. But in other ways, my father was …

Sabbath

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

After a year of too much staying at home, many are now experiencing the “go, go, go.” We are eager to resume dining out, gatherings with friends, travel, in person work, working out at the gym. Today I saw the cashier at my favorite new bakery and I said “I’ve …

Bold Courage

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

His faith failed him. Though he made bold promises, when the going got tough he followed at a distance. Peter denies even knowing Jesus, not once but three times. In the cover of darkness he betrays Jesus, saying to the maid, “Woman, I don’t know him.” And Peter is left …

Together

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The true meaning of love one’s neighbor is not that it is a command from God which we are to fulfill, but that through it and in it we meet God. -Martin Buber Back in March of 2020 the shut down arrived with the swiftness of an automatic garage door …

Unfettered Love

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Mother’s Day brings a twinge of grief for some and a spark of joy for others. My friend will pass her first Mother’s day this year after losing her mom to covid. For some folks it is a reminder of infertility angst or a fracture in the fabric of relationship …

On Good Friday

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Good Friday is perhaps the most difficult of all days for a Christian. We turn away in horror as we remember how Jesus, the one who embodied the fullness of God’s love, was crucified. And we shake our heads wondering how such a death could bring life. I remember my …

The Parade

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

When I was growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, we always looked forward to the Fat Stock Show Parade that launched the Rodeo and Fair and exhibits of the Stock Show. We even got a school holiday and free pass to attend! I also loved constructing the purple and white …

Nourishment

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I grew up standing next to my mother in the kitchen chopping and preparing the meal. Our family time revolved around sharing stories at the dinner table. My husband grew up in a parsonage where his mom was always baking an apple pie for the next potluck or iced sugar …

Surprises

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The Spirit will surprise you. It will rattle your world and then show you something that is possible beyond your wildest imagination. We are two Sunday’s shy of a full year of worshipping 100% via live stream. I could never have fathomed that we could endure this let alone thrive …