Zimmerman and Hoffman Take Leadership Roles

Lara Schopp Stay Informed

Jeff Zimmerman will become chair of the Congregational Board and Anne Hoffman will be chair of the Elders for the 2019-2020 church year, beginning July 1. Jeff has been a member of the church since 1978. His wife, Jan, grew up in the church so when they married 41 years …

The Donkey – Carla Aday

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

One of the little boys in our church’s preschool raised his hand and volunteered to be a donkey in the annual preschool Christmas pageant.  Then a few days later one of his friends told him it was “stupid” to be an animal.  So he went home and told his mother …

Not having an ideal Christmas? – Joe Walker

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

John 3: 16-19 A 13 year old’s Christmas Morning Checklist: Open stockings. Eat cinnamon rolls. Call paramedics. Wait, what?! Paramedics aren’t on the list. There’s supposed to be church and a big meal and playing with presents, right? Well, that long-ago Christmas morning in our house there were paramedics. Then …

A Message – Lara Schopp

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Mark 1:1-3 The Christmas tree has been trying to tell me something. It’s the perfect Currier & Ives tree. So pretty you can almost hear the baby angels singing O Holy Night. But moments after we think the tree is secure in the stand, the cat innocently sashays underneath and you can …

Darkness and Light – Mike Graves

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Scholars call it intertextuality, placing one thing next to another. One of the classic examples is how the prodigal son parable in Luke’s Gospel could be echoing the Jacob story in Genesis. Lots of reverberations there when you set those two next to each other. Whenever I …

Unexpectedly Transformed – Leslie Tenjack

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Luke 2:8-12 The thing about the world is that it is always turning. Each time I feel like I’m finally adjusting to my reality, life changes again. And I really don’t love change. Especially when it’s not on my terms. Our children are getting big and it’s not like I …

Perfect Light – Anne Haraughty

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

John 1:1-5 The Bible helps us understand Jesus better with references to light. For example,  He illuminates the darkness, His glory glows, and His love radiates in us and through us. In the physical world, we are drawn to sources of light like basking in the sun, watching a candle …

Joseph’s Dream – Joe Walker

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Matthew 1:18-24 One day in Catholic school the dear old nun was teaching us about Joseph’s dream in which he is called to be Jesus’ earthly father (Matthew 1:18-24). Sister told us that Mary was a better example of discipleship than Joseph because Mary said “Yes!” almost immediately to God’s …

Impossible and Possible – Corey Meyer

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Luke 1: 25-38  What could it mean to dream the impossible?   In my living room is a ceramic figuring of Mary in the middle of a nativity scene. It was gifted to me this year from my grandmother, whose grandmother gave it to her decades ago. To me this year, it is …

O Come Emmanuel – Mike Graves

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

Revelation 12:1-6 Whenever I lead a “Bible and Art Tour” at the Nelson with my docent friend Donna Houtteman, one of the pieces we talk about is a life-size wooden carving from Germany, of Mary and child. She has long, flowing hair, with the naked infant Jesus resting in her …

Fear and Hope – Carla Aday

Lara Schopp 2018 Advent Devotions

My friend Nancy writes “there is no such thing as hope for those who refuse to see the need for hope.”* Dave and I got married in January of 1993.  On our first Christmas as a married couple, we were alone in an apartment I didn’t like.  No kids or …