Blessed Are the…

Lara Schopp Uncategorized

Mike was right. I lobbied for a four-week series on the Beatitudes but Dr. Mike Graves thought eight would be better since there are eight beatitudes. I thought you might get bored. Or I would! But now that we are approaching week eight, I realize that there is so much …

Jesus Loves Me

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Our congregation hosted the annual senior minister’s conference last week. About 45 Disciples of Christ clergy from across the US met at the Hotel Intercontinental and in our building for three days of presentations by guest speakers and dialogues among the clergy, all of them interesting and inspiring. On the …

Crawling and Walking

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Square dancing and line dancing; hiking and go-carting; horseback riding and fishing; joking and laughing; golfing and crafting are just a few of the vivid memories my family holds of Christian Community Camp in Colorado. But two memories stand out for me. The first one was when Connor was seven …

Bringing God to Church

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Stone and stained glass form a church, a physical structure where we gather. Grandmothers and toddlers form a church, a living breathing community singing, praying, sharing bread and wine. Our definition of church has been challenged and stretched during the pandemic. What does it mean to be the gathered people …

Joy Comes in the Morning

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

None of us wanted to be in this position again. Covid came to two of my three kids’ households over Christmas. My friend who is a clinic nurse picked up two weekend shifts on the floor beyond her regular 50 hour a week job because the major medical center where …

Advent

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I spent last Christmas Eve with 11 folks crammed in my basement watching our candlelight service via live stream. There was a certain charm to it. But this year I eagerly anticipate three in person services with all of you. Advent means waiting and the kind of waiting where we …

God’s Love Is Stronger

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“The surprise is not that, unexpectedly, things turn out better than expected. No, the real surprise is that God’s light is more real than all the darkness, that God’s truth is more powerful than all human lies, that God’s love is stronger than death.”  Henri Nouwen As we approach Thanksgiving …

Building Bridges

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Suddenly all the cars behind me were honking. Some folks were shouting obscenities in the direction of my orange hatchback. A uniformed official was waving at me and walking towards me. How was I supposed to know that exact change didn’t mean paper bills and coins equaling $3.50 but rather …