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Rector’s Blog: Advent Rest

Every now and then, the Lord will bring back to mind a sermon I’ve preached with the words, “Remember when you said…?” That happened recently when I was struggling with taking a sabbath day of rest. Remember when you were a kid (or maybe it’s happening now with your own kids) and you refused to…

Rector’s Blog: Our Spiritual Heritage & Responsibility

My family and I traveled to Oklahoma this week to spend Thanksgiving with my extended family. It brought back a lot of memories for me because that is where I spent most of my childhood Thanksgivings. We would gather at my mom’s parents’ house or down the road at my aunt and uncles’ home for…

Rector’s Blog: Thanksgiving

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it…

Rector’s Blog: The Future and The Present

This time of year is always jolting to me. Turning the calendar from October 31 to November 1 is like skipping two months and going from Halloween straight to Christmas. The remainder of fall, including Thanksgiving, is passed over in a mad dash to Christmas. It seems that in the 55 days between these two…

Rector’s Blog: Listening to the Future

Over the past several weeks, I’ve met with a significant portion of our congregation at the Listening Tour Home Gatherings. During these gatherings, we have shared our hopes and dreams for Immanuel’s future. The Lord has faithfully talked with many at our church about how he intends to use us to extend his kingdom of…

Rector’s Blog: Planning to Pledge

It is hard to believe that in just one week, we will be presenting our Cornerstone Campaign Pledges to the Lord. During the offering on Sunday, November 4 you will be invited to submit your pledge card for both the Cornerstone Campaign as well as our 2019 Ministry Budget. We present the cards at that…

Rector’s Blog: Building Together

If you do a quick internet search on church fundraising, you’ll see that there are an endless number of methods and tricks of the trade to raise money. Suggestions range from things as simple as bake sales to as incredible as a raffle for a new car. Some churches have concerts or hope to get…

Rector’s Blog: Called to Bless Others

Abram was settled. At 75, he was content with the life he had established with his wife, Sarai. Though they didn’t have children, they had a great amount of wealth and a large extended family to share it with. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good life. And then God spoke. “Abram! Leave your…

Rector’s Blog: Tug of War

Our youngest sons brought home an announcement this week that their school’s Field Day is being held later this month. If you haven’t been around Field Day recently, it’s a much more refined affair than you likely remember. The activities are more organized and structured than back in my day. (Yikes! I said it…)  When…

Rector’s Blog: Our Moment

The Greatest Generation is a book by Tom Brokaw that tells the story of the generation of Americans who were raised during the depression and went on to win World War II through their efforts in battle as well as their work on the home front. Their determination and hard work led to the rise…