The Middle

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

  “Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Everyone loves inspiring beginnings and happy endings; it is just the middles that involve hard work.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review 2009 Back in March, we thought we needed to hunker down for a few weeks or maybe even a …

Together

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I was taught that there were five senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, sound. All ways of knowing the world around us, of taking in the beauty of a hibiscus blossom or the sumptuousness of the first summer tomato. Something resonates in the heart when we hear a loved one’s voice on the other end of the telephone. Our senses do not just make us safe. They seem like a passageway to the soul.

The Beginning

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

A year ago, I visited for the first time in my life, the place where Jesus likely hung on a cross to die. We sat in lush green garden with sweet smelling flowers and looked out a dusty red earthen hillside on the edge of a rugged curved road. We …

Worship Update from Carla

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

As our community is beginning to lift some of the restrictions on public gatherings I want to share with you an update on our plans as a church community.  I have been in conversation with other area faith leaders, congregations of our size across the country, our church board and …

Ten Signs of Hope

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

As the days drag on, the earth bursts forth in beauty. I find my heart ricocheting between savoring the now and worrying about the future. So I thought today we could sit back and notice the signs of hope around us and within us. Volunteerism is up. Applications to volunteer …

What’s next?

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

This Sunday will be our seventh Sunday to meet for worship via live stream rather than in person. We began on Sunday, March 15. Three days prior to that a nurse friend told me, “Churches probably need to take a few weeks off and then come back boldly with a …