• Feb. 16 Minister Moment - Thanks to all who participated in the Employee Appreciation Dinner, who brought food, spoke, and generally made it a merry evening. Rob Curran, taking time from his work in the Stewardship Campaign, did a fine job of organizing the event. Thanks to Nancy Duncan and all who said YES and lent a hand (or a … Continued
  • February 9 Minister Moment - Better than Stone Soup! In the Cajun areas of Louisiana there are ancient Mardi Gras traditions … For example, the town of Mamou makes “town gumbo” for the local celebration.  Ingredients are begged from the wealthy in town. A band of masked men, especially teenage men, go door to door, rather like Wassail, or Halloween. … Continued
  • Feb. 2 Minister Moment - Have you ever considered “being responsible” as a spiritual practice? Marge Piercy says: “… the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.” (To Be of Use, reading 567) This Sunday morning the Racial Justice Task Force will be presenting a wonderful service: The Promise & Practice of Our Faith. … Continued
  • January 26 Minister Moment - Happy “normal” week (maybe)? With so much anxiety in our nation and so much expectation in our community, it’s time to appreciate the normal. School days actually happen, the government functions … well, as it normally does, and weather temperatures are in the Norfolk-normal range. I am in town, but just finished a three-day long … Continued
  • Jan. 21 Minister Moment - Deep Breaths… This Sunday our teens will be learning CPR from our Youth Program Coordinator and certified instructor, Paul Greggs.  Being trained in CPR is one way to be helpful in an emergency, and less anxious when bold action is required. Deep breaths… While they are learning CPR, the members of the congregation will be … Continued
  • Jan. 12 Minister Moment - This weekend is MLK weekend, with many events scheduled.  We have Fabulous (Second) Friday tonight, for all of you who have been homebound too long. Please come and enjoy vegetarian spaghetti and relax together … the snow is cleared!  Then, on Sunday, there will be a special community fundraising concert event for the NEST program, … Continued
  • Jan. 5 Minister Moment - We are past the 12 days of Christmas, and it is time to tell the drummers to stop drumming. From the frozen tundra of 2018, happy new year.  It would be in all caps, but it’s too cold for the SHIFT key. I hope you are nestled all snug in your beds, or at least … Continued
  • Dec. 29 Minister Moment - Christmas Gratitude. Thank you to all who made our final Christmas Eve at Yarmouth Street such a success! To our morning crew: my Worship Service Associate, Lisa Kilczewski; our musicians, Karen Smith, Garrett McAuliffe, and James Wood; sound manager, Doug Throp; board greeter, Paul Moss; Caring Team representative, Nancy Schafer; Poem Readers; and our Ushers … Continued
  • December 22 Minister Moment - “Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me. Let my thoughts go where they will’ ease my mind profoundly.” Our hymnal holds a wonderful winter meditation by Shelly Jackson Denham, who was a church music director in Ohio, and later active at The Mountain Retreat Center. You have probably heard, and loved, some … Continued
  • December 15 Minister Moment - Ten Days to Christmas … but first … Happy Hanukkah!  Last Sunday, I quoted a bit about the celebration of theeight-day festival of dedication for the Jerusalem Temple, reading from the Babylonian Talmud (in translation, of course.) Here’s the web page I used:  http://halakhah.com/shabbath/shabbath_21.html The text gives you a window into the discussion orientation of … Continued