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 …

Vine and Fig Tree

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

When you “envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree,” what images spring into your consciousness? I was startled to hear Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet at a presidential inauguration, refer to this Biblical phrase. Perhaps she was picturing a scene post covid, where we gather in …

Voices of Faith

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

At the beginning, women had no voice in the church. The board was exclusively men for many years. However, one woman’s voice was resounded every week. Esther Darnell was the paid soloist who was hired the first year of the church’s formation. She was a well-established performer in Kansas City and …

Good Darkness

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

When I was a child, nothing brought me more joy than summer camp. I would beg my mother to let me stay more weeks. The rope swing over the river, the counselor skits at dinner, the girls’ banter in the cabin, the massive games at night in the woods, and …

The Spirit of Christmas

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I didn’t know what to expect. Without the typical hubbub of activities: parties, concerts, shopping, I didn’t know if it would feel much like Christmas. Just after Thanksgiving I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some special order supplies for the church Christmas decorations. Although I had an email confirmation that …