Month: June 2019

Sorry there’s no recording this week! We’ve heard the first part of this story before. I know. I’ve preached on the first part of this story from this pulpit before. There was a man named Elkanah, who had two wives: Peninnah and Hannah. In a world where a woman’s worth was measured by the children she bore, Peninnah had many children… and Hannah had none. That didn’t matter to Elkanah. He loved Hannah. But it mattered to Hannah. So Hannah went to the temple in Shiloh, and she tried to strike a bargain. “LORD, if you give me a…
Sunday sermon preview: God, if you just do this thing for me… I will do this thing for you. I will be a better person. I will be who you want me to be. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
When I was in high school, I took an English class where I had to present and analyze a poem in front of the class. I chose a poem by Ogden Nash. I don’t remember which poem of his I chose, and his poems are still copyrighted by his estate so I can’t recite one here. But the thing to know about Ogden Nash is that he was… not a serious poet. My teacher gave me a decent grade on the presentation. She also let me know that choosing Nash as my poet was brave… but that discretion is…
Sunday sermon preview: It’s good to know that tomatoes are a fruit; it’s better to know that they don’t belong in a fruit salad. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
For the last few weeks, we’ve been reading snippets of Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome. Three weeks ago, we heard Paul introduce himself. And he didn’t give the believers in Rome a summary of his resume. He simply told them a fact and a story. He wrote, “I am Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,” and he told them the story of Jesus. Two weeks ago, we heard a summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the world was still broken—while we were still sinners—God loved us. While the world is still broken—while we are still…
Sunday sermon preview: Every single one of us is called to ministry. Every single one of us wakes up every day in a new episode of Chopped. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the June/July 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. Last month, a group of people spent a little more than an hour at the United Methodist Church packing bags of food for the Summer Lunchbox program. It was fast and it was fun… and it was good to see people from churches in our town come together to help people in our community who are living in poverty. It was also a reminder. When the weather is cold and the new year is on the horizon, our attention regularly turns…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check it out here! And a reminder that the deadline for the next Carillon Notes is July 22, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Please join us for family movie night this Friday, June 7 at 6:30pm! Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t tell you the name of the movie, what characters are in it, who produced it, or what it is about. We can tell you that it is family-friendly and that it is not overtly Christian (in fact, it’s a popular movie). No discussion. No agenda. Just fun. We will have some popcorn and pop available. Feel free to bring your own snacks, too. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sorry there’s no recording this week! You’re going to get a very short sermon today. Mostly because I off-handedly promised the confirmands that I would tell this story: When I was in college, I was in the jazz ensemble. And one of the things we did was travel to different jazz festivals to compete against other ensembles. We went to Western Illinois every year and crushed it. And while I was in the band, we went to Notre Dame once… and Elmhurst once… and Eau Claire once. For those who don’t know, Eau Claire is about an hour and…

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Ash Wednesday (February 26)

Ashes to Go

Can't make it to worship? Join Pastor Chris in the church parking lot for ashes to go on Wednesday from noon to 1pm (weather permitting).

Dinner and Worship

Join us at DeWitt's United Methodist Church for a light dinner at 6pm and worship at 7pm.