A Note from Pastor Rick

Three candlesJan and Peter Gunderson seem to being having a wonderful trip to Scandinavia based on pictures they’ve posted on Facebook. We miss Jan’s music but it was great to have Ruth Winter playing piano last Sunday and this. Ruth always adds a lot to our worship. Oleta is slowly making her way back into the office. It is good to see her smiling face and have her handle some of the administrative details of our congregational life. I am very pleased that Doug Davidson has agreed to stay with us until we find our new Associate Pastor. He did a great Time with Children and Youth last Sunday on the Parable of the Sower.

We’ll continue with the Hebrew Prophets this week as we consider a beautiful poetic text from Isaiah. There is “no other rock” he says than Yahweh, the Rock of Ages. Of course there are more words and images for God than we can imagine. This notion of God as rock, as someone or something solid, dependable, protective is one people have turned to for centuries. There are undeniably times when each of us, no matter how smart, wise or strong needs shelter from the storm. Every Sunday before the sermon, I pray that my words and our meditations will be acceptable to God who is our “Rock and our Redeemer.”

See you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship, Sunday School and for the patio hour to follow.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick  


iSing Concert, July 27, 2013

Oleta and everyone else who helped things run smoothly in my absence.  By all reports our mission project, iSing (girls’ choir camp,) was a great success, highlighted by a concert and cook out on the last day.  The program was led by Jennah Delp and Shane Toll.  Both Pastor Tripp (banjo) and Jan Gunderson (piano) participated in the concert.  We are looking forward to the growth of this program in the coming school year.


Off to Kansas City

a new thingAn abbreviated Midweek Message this week as I am heading off to Kansas City to represent us at the first biennial Mission Summit of the ABC-USA.  I am going one day early to attend the pre-biennial theology conference and I will be staying for a couple of days after to attend the board meeting of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.  We are grateful that Naomi Schulz, one of our seminary interns for the coming year is able to fill in for Pastor Tripp while he is teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary for three weeks.  Naomi will be available for pastoral emergencies while I’m gone.  Wally Bryen will be preaching this Sunday and Naomi is working with him and Jan on the service.  The Cudworths will be doing coffee hour in celebration of their anniversary before they head off to Hawaii for vacation.  Please support all them in any way you can.

Big thank yous to Jan and the choir for all their hard work and beautiful music.  Also, kudos to everyone who helped make our first cook-out of the season a rousing good time

Come this Sunday at 10 AM and bring someone along to share the morning with you.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick