A Call to Serve

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

One of the best things about marriage is that you may inherit a fabulous second family. When I first met my husband’s entire family 30 years ago, I met all the nieces and nephews, including Jered, the oldest. He was a sweet and good kid but not a very motivated …

Joy to the World

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

 O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This, Angels we Have Heard on High, and Silent Night all vie for first place. What is your favorite carol? None makes my heart soar more than Joy to the World, especially when the trumpets and organ lets loose on Christmas Eve …

Window into God

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

During December some of us struggle to balance the extra demands on our time with a longing to remain spiritually centered. How do we embrace the busyness, fun, and festivities that honor the arrival of the sacred while also carving out a still small moment to reflect and ponder the …

Grace Notes

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

College students singing classic spirituals, concert pianists performing Bach and toddlers dancing to the sounds of a flute. These were our visions when we crafted the October concert series at the church. It would be a way to celebrate the classical music that graces our weekly 11:00 a.m. worship as …

Possible

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

For the last eight months, the church leadership has been listening to its members through a series of events: Centennial Conversations, First Impression Gatherings and a Feasibility Study. (See related article on results of that study on page 2.) But what I want to muse about is the theological or …

That In Between Place

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

A few weeks ago in the parlor after worship, one of the little girls in church came up to me with a very quizzical look on her face.  “I know that Easter is when Jesus rose and I know that Christmas is when he was born but what is Halloween?”  …

The Promise of God

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

There is a story about Leonardo da Vinci… Early in his career he was painting a picture of Christ and found a beautiful young male to model for his portrait of Jesus. Many years later, Leonardo was painting a picture that included Judas. He walked through the streets of Florence …