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Normally, I write these blog posts hoping that readers will share 5-10 minutes to think, pray and/or act on a topic. Today, I am asking that, if you will still grant me the time, that you can help the Holy Spirit inspire future sermons and preaching series via workshop and prayer.  Through my daily Bible reading, regular prayer life, conversations with people and the needs of our church and community the Holy Spirit will inspire each sermon and upcoming series. This September I am going on a five-day prayer, planning, and writing retreat for the preaching and worship needs for this winter and all ofRead More →

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This week we began our work of Moving Forward as a congregation with Ministry Architects as consultants Mike Crain and MerLynne Byrne were on-site for a Quick Start Summit.Read More →

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It seems like the culture wars are continuing to heat up. SCOTUS rulings. Primaries. Outrage in every form of media. Death of migrants. In the culture wars we face today, there is real harm being done, often to those without the resources to insulate themselves from the worst effects of the culture wars ravaging our society.Read More →

Pastor Mary Gay to retire & SPRC announces a new staff configuration! We’ve been blessed to have Rev. Mary Gay McKinney serve part time as our Coordinator of Congregational Care since 2019.  Earlier this spring Pastor Mary Gay shared her desire to transition from paid staff to active volunteer so that she can enjoy traveling and feel more retired.  God’s call upon our lives never retires and as she considers UMCG her home church, she will still be around to support our ministries and Pastor Lisa who will take over leadership of Congregational Care.  Pastor Mary Gay’s transition to volunteer service will occur in September.Read More →

June commemorates (LGBTQ) Pride Month that is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. If you don’t know, the Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. This movement advocates for LGBTQ rights locally, nationally, and globally.  United Methodists also support and advocate for equal rights for all persons regardless of sexual orientation. In our Social Principles we boldly state that:  “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due [to] all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.Read More →

Global UM News (Not in the News) So much of the recent news about United Methodists is about a denominational church split over human sexuality. I am saddened that our denomination is becoming more known for its infighting and division than our shared global mission of making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Two really important global news stories of the global success of our shared mission failed to make headlines. One about supporting relief efforts to the Ukraine crisis and another on our denomination’s commitment to becoming a net-zero denomination by 2050.  UMCOR and the Global Ministries ofRead More →

How to Witness to Your Faith In case you missed it, this past Sunday was Confirmation Sunday. We had the joy of 11 students from three different Confirmation classes making a profession of their Christian faith and how they plan to live out their faith through the life of the United Methodist Church of Geneva. The collection of these student witnesses is truly inspiring. Seriously, if you missed it, I strongly recommend you spend even just a few minutes watching and receiving their testimonies. You can click here to watch their collective witness on our YouTube channel.   My pastoral experience tells me those reading thisRead More →

United Methodists on Abortion With the recent leak of the draft SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade, the question about what United Methodists believe about abortion and women’s rights has been coming up in conversation recently.  United Methodists develop positions, or Principles, on matters in our Social World: by gathering a global team to discern, draft, study Scripture and pray over the many important social concerns facing our world today. Using our Wesleyan Quadrilateral, a team drafts a statement that is then later considered, adapted and voted upon by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which is the only body that can speakRead More →