Category: Carillon Notes

This is a reprint of my column from the February 2020 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. The weather in Iowa can change in a moment. Right now, while I’m writing this newsletter column, I can see snow outside my window, the temperature is below freezing, and the forecast says there are snow showers on the schedule. It’s a far cry from the unseasonably warm temperatures we were enjoying at the end of the year. And it might even be warm and sunny again by the time you read this. The rhythm of the meteorological seasons is changing….
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Happy New Year! Happy 2020! I grew up reading and watching a lot of science fiction (surprising, I know). The stories I knew promised a lot for 2020: colonies on Mars and Venus, brains permanently connected to the internet, corporations ruling the world, robots doing all of our household tasks, and so on. I’ll leave it to you to decide what sci-fi predictions have come true (or a little bit true). But I know that a year that once seemed to be in the distant future is here now. And it isn’t like anyone thought it would be. The…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is January 22, 2020. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the December 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. According to the calendar on my refrigerator, December is the last month of the year. People from many religions—and people with no religion—are barreling towards the joyful, and often stressful, celebration of winter holidays. There are decorations to put up, foods to prepare, journeys to make, gifts to buy, and guests to host. There are last minute end-of-calendar-year projects for work and school. There is simply a lot to do. It can be overwhelming. According to the church calendar, Advent is…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is December 18, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the November 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I think about giving a lot. And it probably won’t surprise you to learn that Mariah and I think very carefully about our own giving. We are intentional about how much we give and who we give that money to. When we figure out our budget, we ask two important questions. First, how much of our money do we want to give away? We have plenty of things that we have to spend…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is November 20, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the October 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. There’s a video on YouTube where musician Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony (the way that different notes go together) at five different levels. He explains it to a child, a teenager, a college music student, a professional musician, and, finally, to jazz and funk legend Herbie Hancock. And as you can imagine, those explanations build on each other a little bit, but they are very different from each other. I like this video because it illustrates a very simple…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check is out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is October 22, 2019. Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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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.