Jul 7, 2019
Cultivating Peace
"Cultivating Peace" Isaiah 26:3  We are consistently seeking peace in our lives, but seem to always come up short. Peace is elusive in a society where we consider faith to be a private matter. God's peace calls for wholeness in all areas of life, both private and public. Sunday we'll find out how to find peace and be a peacemaker. 
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  • Jul 7, 2019Cultivating Peace
    Jul 7, 2019
    Cultivating Peace
    "Cultivating Peace" Isaiah 26:3  We are consistently seeking peace in our lives, but seem to always come up short. Peace is elusive in a society where we consider faith to be a private matter. God's peace calls for wholeness in all areas of life, both private and public. Sunday we'll find out how to find peace and be a peacemaker. 
  • Jun 30, 2019Cultivating Joy
    Jun 30, 2019
    Cultivating Joy
    John 16:21-22
    Our world develops in us a taste for more and more. We naturally struggle to be content with what we have. This reality makes it very difficult to live in joy. Join  us this Sunday as we take a look at God's plan and learn how to cultivate joy in our lives!
  • Jun 16, 2019Cultivating Love
    Jun 16, 2019
    Cultivating Love
    Cultivating Love" 1 John 4:7-11  
    Love is the first and primary fruit of the Spirit, but what exactly do we mean by "love"?  How can we cultivate love in our own lives despite the obstacles that our culture presents? Come this Father's Day to learn how you and I can better reflect the love of God! 
  • Jun 9, 2019It’s the Real Difference!
    Jun 9, 2019
    It’s the Real Difference!
    Do you speak two languages? Did you ever wish you could? God calls us to do it, every single day. Let's learn how today, as we begin our journey!

Jun 23, 2019
Pork Futures Take a Dive
Series: Guest Sermon
We always say we welcome the stranger in our church.  Here's a challenge: what if  a homeless naked guy came in and started shouting as if he was possessed by demons?  How would we react?  I don't even know how I'd react. We know how Jesus would react, because he met a guy like this.  Other people would often bind the guy with chains.  Jesus decided to unbind him from his real trouble: he commanded the unclean spirit to leave the man. The demon didn't go easily.  It turned out there were many of them, not just one.  But Jesus sent the demons into some pigs, and the pigs drowned in a lake.  How do you suppose other people reacted when they saw that?  We'll find out on when we hear the sermon.
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  • Jun 23, 2019Pork Futures Take a Dive
    Jun 23, 2019
    Pork Futures Take a Dive
    Series: Guest Sermon
    We always say we welcome the stranger in our church.  Here's a challenge: what if  a homeless naked guy came in and started shouting as if he was possessed by demons?  How would we react?  I don't even know how I'd react. We know how Jesus would react, because he met a guy like this.  Other people would often bind the guy with chains.  Jesus decided to unbind him from his real trouble: he commanded the unclean spirit to leave the man. The demon didn't go easily.  It turned out there were many of them, not just one.  But Jesus sent the demons into some pigs, and the pigs drowned in a lake.  How do you suppose other people reacted when they saw that?  We'll find out on when we hear the sermon.

May 26, 2019
The Lord’s Spirit Began to Move
Series: Samson
The story of Samson ends with a big crash, which also ends his life. The mighty Samson found himself helpless as a result of his own foolishness. Yet, in desperation, he prayed, “Remember me, O Lord!” The true hero of the Samson story is actually God, who answers Samson’s prayer. God is still our true hero, for He still answers our desperate prayers. Although Samson reminds us of how we fall short of God’s plans for our lives, he also becomes a vivid testimony to make God our Hero!
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  • May 26, 2019The Lord’s Spirit Began to Move
    May 26, 2019
    The Lord’s Spirit Began to Move
    Series: Samson
    The story of Samson ends with a big crash, which also ends his life. The mighty Samson found himself helpless as a result of his own foolishness. Yet, in desperation, he prayed, “Remember me, O Lord!” The true hero of the Samson story is actually God, who answers Samson’s prayer. God is still our true hero, for He still answers our desperate prayers. Although Samson reminds us of how we fall short of God’s plans for our lives, he also becomes a vivid testimony to make God our Hero!
  • May 19, 2019The Anti-Hero
    May 19, 2019
    The Anti-Hero
    Series: Samson
    We might remember Samson as the strong man of the Bible who did many amazing feats of strength. Yet we may not always remember just how badly he failed at following God’s calling on his life. God blessed him with special gifts, but he often used them for selfish reasons. What does God do with people like that? What does God do with people like us who are like that? This Sunday we’ll hear how God used Samson–failings and all–and how this is also true for how God still uses us!
  • May 12, 2019The Mother Without a Name
    May 12, 2019
    The Mother Without a Name
    Series: Samson
    This Sunday, Mother’s Day, we begin our spring message series on Samson, the confusing strong man of the Bible. One quarter of the Samson story is actually about his mother! Samson, throughout his life, has four involved relationships with women. The first is the loving mother who raised him. She is the example of a faithful, godly woman. The other relationships Samson has with women fail miserably. So we begin with his mother, and our mothers. How has your mother been a godly example and witness? 

May 5, 2019
Bold Faith and Audacious Women
Series: Guest Sermon
This Sunday we celebrate the calling and witness of women! On Easter, the first person the resurrected Jesus appeared to was Mary Magdalene. Ever since, women have been witnessing to Jesus boldly! What women have been bold witnesses in your life? This Sunday we celebrate and give God thanks for them and commission all women to continue to be bold witnesses!
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  • May 5, 2019Bold Faith and Audacious Women
    May 5, 2019
    Bold Faith and Audacious Women
    Series: Guest Sermon
    This Sunday we celebrate the calling and witness of women! On Easter, the first person the resurrected Jesus appeared to was Mary Magdalene. Ever since, women have been witnessing to Jesus boldly! What women have been bold witnesses in your life? This Sunday we celebrate and give God thanks for them and commission all women to continue to be bold witnesses!

Apr 28, 2019
Thresholds: Behind Locked Doors
Series: Thresholds
Now that Easter is over, what comes next?  The threshold of death has been crossed by Jesus but now he sends us out on a mission to the world!  Yet, we hesitate.This week, we will encounter our risen Lord, hear his words to us and answer his call.
 
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  • Apr 28, 2019Thresholds: Behind Locked Doors
    Apr 28, 2019
    Thresholds: Behind Locked Doors
    Series: Thresholds
    Now that Easter is over, what comes next?  The threshold of death has been crossed by Jesus but now he sends us out on a mission to the world!  Yet, we hesitate.This week, we will encounter our risen Lord, hear his words to us and answer his call.
     
  • Apr 21, 2019Thresholds: EscapeTomb
    Apr 21, 2019
    Thresholds: EscapeTomb
    Series: Thresholds
    Thresholds in the Bible climax at Jesus’ tomb. On Friday, our worship service will mark the solemn death and burial of Jesus. He is laid in a tomb, and the entrance is sealed with a large stone. This shows us the weighty reality of sin and death; this is what we face! But then, on Easter, that tomb entrance is broken open, and the entrance becomes an exit. Jesus worked the first “escape tomb” miracle! And ever since then, He comes to us to lead us out of the tomb, the grave, in which we are trapped. Because of Jesus, we can escape death! 
  • Apr 14, 2019Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Apr 14, 2019
    Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Series: Thresholds
    This Sunday is Palm Sunday! We will wave palm branches in worship as a way for us to join the parade that greeted Jesus when He came into Jerusalem. It will be fun for the whole family! Yet there are dark clouds overhead: there’s a “storm” of betrayal and condemnation looming. Jesus, whom we greet with praise, will be crucified by Friday. Our service will also have this mixed message. We’ll hear how Jesus is the Gate to life and peace for us, His sheep, but we’ll also hear how Jesus earns this for us by laying down His life for His sheep.  Come join the parade this Sunday, but also notice the threatening clouds overhead.
  • Apr 7, 2019Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Apr 7, 2019
    Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Series: Thresholds
    Do you hear that knocking? We can usually hear it best when all is quiet and we are alone. It’s that inner calling, tapping. Isn’t there more in life? Doesn’t my life have value...meaning? Isn’t there more to reality then what I can see? That’s Jesus knocking at your heart’s door. This is the next threshold in our Lenten message series. This Sunday we’ll listen to that knocking and learn how to open our heart’s doors to Jesus!
     
  • Mar 31, 2019Threholds: The Gate of Life
    Mar 31, 2019
    Threholds: The Gate of Life
    Series: Thresholds

    This week’s theme finds us at the narrow gate with the path of life beyond. We hear Jesus’ difficult words in Matthew 7:13-14 (below). Join Reese this Sunday on our Lenten Thresholds journey as she leads us perhaps to a new understanding of these verses and a new commitment to stay on the path of life. 

    The Narrow Gate

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.

  • Mar 24, 2019Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Mar 24, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Series: Thresholds
    Does God feel distant? Does it seem sometimes like He’s not near? The Bible shows us over and over again that God never leaves us. It is we who leave Him! Yet even when we walk away, God comes after us, chasing us down, finding ways of being with us and restoring our connection to Him. This Sunday we’ll look at the Old Testament system of sacrifice and the temple to see what lengths God has always gone to restore us back to Him.
     
  • Mar 17, 2019Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Mar 17, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Series: Thresholds
    Doors often represent a choice: do we go through or not? The next threshold in the Biblical story is the door frame in the Passover story. The Israelites are slaves in Egypt. God promises to set them free. Yet they must trust in God’s protection, and show that trust in a strange act of obedience: They must make a sacrifice and spread the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. Those that did were spared death and set free! This Sunday we’ll learn how Jesus became our Passover Lamb. Our “Door of Decision” is if we will trust in Him and live in obedience, even when the calling is strange.
  • Mar 10, 2019Door of God’s Protection
    Mar 10, 2019
    Door of God’s Protection
    Series: Thresholds
    We are following the overall story of the Bible, and we are telling the story by the thresholds we see. Sin brings death and destruction. In the Bible, Adam and Eve’s defiance of God leads to a closed door to Paradise and a sin-corrupted world rampant with death and destruction. The flood washes the earth, but Noah and his family are spared on the ark. When the rains came, God closed them in by shutting the ark’s door. This sign shows God’s saving grace: God provides a door of protection for us! Come this Sunday to hear how God provides a door of protection as you face destruction, death, and the storms of life.

Nov 25, 2018
Breaking Point
The call to love others means to go the extra mile to show respect to those with whom you disagree. Yet, the Bible also cautions against abusing your own health and welfare, and how love can, at times, call you to stop enabling error. This Sunday we’ll explore the times when “tough love” compels us to correct others, and even sever our relationships. Part of loving means healthy boundaries!
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  • Nov 25, 2018Breaking Point
    Nov 25, 2018
    Breaking Point
    The call to love others means to go the extra mile to show respect to those with whom you disagree. Yet, the Bible also cautions against abusing your own health and welfare, and how love can, at times, call you to stop enabling error. This Sunday we’ll explore the times when “tough love” compels us to correct others, and even sever our relationships. Part of loving means healthy boundaries!
  • Nov 18, 2018Let’s Eat Together
    Nov 18, 2018
    Let’s Eat Together
    One of the “stuck” conversations God’s people have is around human sexuality, and particularly around homosexuality. There are faithful Christians on all sides of this conversation. How do we talk about this? How do we love and accept each other? How do we find a way forward together? This Sunday we’ll hear how the United Methodist Church is forging a “way forward” that will define our church’s approach to homosexuality.
  • Nov 11, 2018The Tie That Binds
    Nov 11, 2018
    The Tie That Binds
     
  • Nov 4, 2018Love is Hard Work
    Nov 4, 2018
    Love is Hard Work
    Every saint in heaven has gotten there (and will get there) with some wrong beliefs and errant  thinking. Luckily, it’s not about getting it all perfectly correct! Instead, it’s about genuinely loving Jesus and seeking to make Him first in your life. And, as Jesus-followers, the same is true with the other people around us. Our relationship with them is not based on the uniformity of our thinking, or them getting certain understandings right. Instead, it is based on love, the love that we choose to have for them. This changes everything! Come this Sunday to hear an alternative to the pervasive culture of hate-speech and animosity. Love looks different!

Mar 3, 2019
Disciples Make…A Difference
This is the last of our Disciples Make message series, and we end strong...and visible! Being a disciple of Jesus is an inner journey of surrendering your selfishness. Yet it is also an outward journey into the world. Disciples make a difference in concrete, visible ways in their. This Sunday we’ll be commissioned to serve others in visible ways in our everyday lives.
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  • Mar 3, 2019Disciples Make…A Difference
    Mar 3, 2019
    Disciples Make…A Difference
    This is the last of our Disciples Make message series, and we end strong...and visible! Being a disciple of Jesus is an inner journey of surrendering your selfishness. Yet it is also an outward journey into the world. Disciples make a difference in concrete, visible ways in their. This Sunday we’ll be commissioned to serve others in visible ways in our everyday lives.
  • Feb 24, 2019Disciples Make…Friends
    Feb 24, 2019
    Disciples Make…Friends
    As we continue to explore what it means to be a disciple, we are discovering that following Christ involves every part of our lives, including other people!  Our faith is not just a blessing for us, it is for those around us as well.  Discover how Jesus calls us to befriend others and how we can be disciples in our relationships!
  • Feb 17, 2019Disciples Make….Stands
    Feb 17, 2019
    Disciples Make….Stands
     
  • Feb 10, 2019Disciples Make…..God Talk
    Feb 10, 2019
    Disciples Make…..God Talk
    “The tongue is the mightiest weapon!” This quote rings true for each one of us! How we speak, what we say, is some of our greatest impact. This Sunday we’ll discover how disciples use their tongues for good. But it’s not just about not saying bad things and intentionally saying good things. It’s about filling our talk with God.
  • Feb 3, 2019Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    Feb 3, 2019
    Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    People often say, “Jesus I like, but not the Church,” or “I’m spiritual, just not religious.” The reality is that if we are just spiritual, we are not really growing spiritually. It takes the context, structure and accountability of a local church to push us to grow. Without that, we stagnate at where we are now. This Sunday we’ll explore how Disciples Make . . . Routines for Growth.
  • Jan 27, 2019Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
    Jan 27, 2019
    Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
     
  • Jan 20, 2019Disciples Make……Jesus #1
    Jan 20, 2019
    Disciples Make……Jesus #1
     
  • Jan 13, 2019Disciples Make….Disciples!
    Jan 13, 2019
    Disciples Make….Disciples!
     

Oct 28, 2018
Man, He’s Annoying!
You know that annoying person, the one who always sets you on edge? You try to steer clear of him. You make yourself busy when she comes around. But God wants you to make a connection with that person. God is sending you to be a light to him or her. This Sunday we’ll learn how to see God in those people we want to avoid. It’s time to change your view!
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  • Oct 28, 2018Man, He’s Annoying!
    Oct 28, 2018
    Man, He’s Annoying!
    You know that annoying person, the one who always sets you on edge? You try to steer clear of him. You make yourself busy when she comes around. But God wants you to make a connection with that person. God is sending you to be a light to him or her. This Sunday we’ll learn how to see God in those people we want to avoid. It’s time to change your view!
  • Oct 21, 2018Fighting Blind
    Oct 21, 2018
    Fighting Blind
    We live in the physical world, but our hope comes from outside of this world. When we choose to follow Jesus, we have a power from the spiritual world that breaks into our daily lives. We fight using what we cannot see. Although we can’t see it, it is just as real, and it changes our reality. This Sunday we’ll learn about the gift and power of the Holy Spirit God has given us. It is a force that is with us!
  • Oct 7, 2018It’s Not What You Look Like
    Oct 7, 2018
    It’s Not What You Look Like
     
  • Sep 23, 2018You Can Make a Difference
    Sep 23, 2018
    You Can Make a Difference
    There is a galactic struggle going on, and you can make a difference! God has a plan and a role for you, important work to do. Come this Sunday to hear how you have a specific role in “the resistance.” It gives your life meaning and purpose. “It is your destiny!” God is counting on you!
  • Sep 16, 2018The Bigger Story
    Sep 16, 2018
    The Bigger Story
    In the cosmic struggle between good and evil, you have a role. God has a purpose for you, to make a difference in the bigger plan. We cannot stand on the side and watch the world go by. When we follow Jesus, we join in His work in this world. This Sunday, we who join the “resistance” are commissioned to live into our life’s purpose!
  • Sep 9, 2018The Duality of Reality
    Sep 9, 2018
    The Duality of Reality
    This Sunday’s message is “The Duality of Reality.” The Star Wars “universe” the strong battle between good and evil is represented in The Force and The Dark Side. The reality for us in real life is that we, too, live in a strong reality. This Sunday we’ll see how two key stars of the Bible (the “star” of Satan and the star of Bethlehem announcing Jesus’ birth) show us the REAL “star wars.” Jesus calls His followers to join the real-life “rebellion” and fight for good against evil!