Jen’s 2022 Word of the Year

Words mean a lot to me, they do help guide my intentions, and they absolutely help to counter some of my narratives and doubts that definitely need countering…it is January, and I have been debating about my 2022 word for the past week.

Remember your baptism…

On Sunday, January 9, we will focus on the baptism of Jesus on this special day often referred to as “Baptism of the Lord” Sunday and conclude with a congregational reaffirmation of our individual baptisms. Part of the liturgy we will use includes an invitation for us to “remember your baptism and be thankful.” I…

New Things…

I’m often asked when youth will return to normal. The quick answer to that is never…I am not asking you to give up on your dream of the “glory days” here at FUMC Hurst where you had youth busting out of the seams. I’m simply asking you to acknowledge that this is a new time and a new people who face new challenges and need a new normal.

Slow Down

It may sound funny, but even as someone who works in a church, the fact that Christmas Eve is just a week away feels a bit of a shock. … But there is a large part of me that wants it all to slow down just a little bit.

Who are YOU when you aren’t busy?

I’ve been participating in a year-long Spiritual Academy through the Upper Room in 2021 and it has been incredibly good for my soul. Every 3 months for the past year, I have spent 3 incredibly meaningful days on Zoom with about 65 other people from across the country as we listen/talk/pray/worship/discern. We have had wonderful…

An Introduction to Toxic Charity

Hey! Welcome to the second blog that I’ve written today. The first one started as some musings about the philosophy of existence and whether chairs (and by extension, churches) exist…and I wrote myself into a bottomless pit and finally decided that I had more important things to do today…as I was reminded of an important…

Hello, My Name is….Yvonne

When I accepted the calling to ordained ministry, I clearly remember calling my parents, to share that decision with them. My mother answered the phone and I quickly told her of my decision. My announcement was met with an uncharacteristic silence (my mother was very verbal). I waited. And waited. Finally, she spoke. “What are…

Do-Be-Do-Be-Do – BE!

I have a large rock in my office that says, “The best way to do is to be.”  Yes, it sounds like one of those powerfully wise, mind-blowing thoughts that needs pondering – and even then we may walk away and think, “Wait, what?!” I am often a “Do-er.”  I am constantly thinking of the…

Understanding Gen Z in the Church

Gen Z’s need action. They need to see that adults believe in them. If you believe in our students, if you want them to feel a sense of belonging and purpose in the church, then Matt Rodgers wants to talk to you. Email him at mrodgers@fumchurst.org.

Welcome

Now, I know that we all know that welcoming people and being hospitable are important characteristics of ourselves as a Christian community – and in general we are very friendly people.  But if you are like me, maybe we all need to be reminded again.

Waking Up from Playing Possum

Laugh Possum is a great game for turning frustration or grumpiness into joy. The kids might have been uncomfortable in the car or hungry or tired, but nothing ever matters when Laugh Possum commences. By the end of the first round, the entire family is overflowing with laughter.