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Category Archives: Mission

As a faith based, Christian organization, UMC takes special pride in recognizing both the historical, and the ongoing achievements of Black Americans. It was only in 1976 that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized what had already become Black History Month in many cities and colleges, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to …

Mary Magdalene, Mary, & Salom walking up to the bright empty tomb of Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, Showing Golgotha in the background.

by Rev. Kimberly Wecht Director of Mission and Pastoral Care The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and …

Cross with Foolish in text

by Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco Director of Mission and Pastoral Care 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the Cross is foolishness.” Foolishness. Wow, where do I go with that, and not look foolish to boot. As I read and reread this passage today, I kept returning to the word foolishness. The idea of foolishness. “For …

Two people reading

by Rev. Bernadette Cataline Staff Chaplain The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and watched how Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb. Then they went to prepare some sweet smelling spices for his burial. But on the Sabbath, they rested, as the Law of Moses commands. Luke 23:55-56 Recently someone asked …

Easter. The crucifixion. Three wooden crosses in silhouette stand silently on a hill at sunset. The dramatic sky is beautiful in its blue and orange colors. Christianity, religious themes.

by Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. (John 18:2, 3) Good Friday was …

grandparents eating with grandchildren

by Rev. Virginia Stein Hubbard Director of Mission and Pastoral Care How do you observe momentous occasions in life? In my family we surround ourselves with family members and/or our closest friends and share a meal. We reminisce about our shared experiences—even though we sometimes remember these times differently.  In so doing we strengthen the …

Judas' Purse of 30 silver coins, spilled, on a white background

by Rev. Kimberly Wecht Director of Mission and Pastoral Care “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity …

Cropped studio shot of Jesus Christ extending his arm in assistance

by Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we …

by Rev. Beth Mallozzi Director of Mission and Pastoral Care John 12:1-11 Extravagant love is demonstrated by Mary. She anoints his feet with expensive perfume, almost literally worth her weight in gold. Not just with her money, but also through the intimate act of wiping his feet with her hair, Mary loves Jesus. To Judas, this …

Cross in Palms

by Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco Director of Mission and Pastoral Care Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 46 I’m sure that most of us have watched or can remember watching a military parade. Some may remember the victory parades after WW2. I can remember the parades after the First Gulf War. The returning army marching in all their glory. …

Shot on white background, profile of a 70 year old man praying with his eyes closed.

Spiritual fitness relates to how our religious beliefs give us hope for the future and help us thrive each day by experiencing abundance and joy in life. It’s easy to feel blessed and joyful when everything is going well, but much harder when we are facing life’s trials. We all go through hardship at different …