God is in the Color

For several months, my husband has had a set of encouragement cards that I made for him on his dresser. Bright colored cards that are labeled with a day of the week and share some sort of positive message. Some days have a Scripture passage, some a prayer, others a reminder to look for God…

A Pew Perspective

Sneaking in the back door during the opening hymn, I was trying to remember if I had ever worshipped at my church on Sunday morning in a pew. I probably had—just couldn’t remember. Usually, I was up front in the chancel area with the other worship leaders—reading scripture, praying, giving an offertory meditation or occasionally…

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

I can’t remember the last time I was so angry or frustrated. I received a call about a woman in our community who needed some help. We receive these calls often at the church–there’s a lot of need in our community and the fact of the matter is that we can’t help everyone we’d like…

Take Me to the Water!

I have an obsession with bodies of water. If it is an ocean, lake, pond, river, swimming pool or hot tub, then I want to be near it, on it or in it. I grew up being around water: fishing, sailing, floating, tubing, etc. We had to drive across a bridge every day to get…

We Need Each Other

In July, I had the great privilege of joining our Senior High students and adults on their mission trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. As many know, I have lots of experience with children birth – sixth grade, but I have always been a little intimidated by them once they move on to junior high and high…

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

For a while now, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have set hours out in the community on a regular basis. As part of our #WithOurNeighbors emphasis this summer, I decided to spend Thursday nights at Rosa’s Café. Every Thursday night this summer (except for VBS Open House and 4th of July), I…

The Journey

This week I am on vacation, so this blog was written in anticipation of some time away in one of my favorite places: the mountains of Colorado. I know some people are beach people, but I am a mountain person. I long for the cooler weather, the sound of a gurgling stream or river, the…

Finding Shelter

The arrows fly, ten thousand fall Still, You protect me through it all The waters rise, the oceans rage Still, You’re the One the storm obeys From the opening notes, the song Shelter by Vertical Worship caught my attention. They speak of  the reality of God’s presence in the face of the chaos of life….

Pain and Light

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  – Isaiah 43:18-19 The Caregiving: Space for Grace Support group that I lead here at FUMC…

The Ribbon

Rachel started it. She brought some ribbons she’d made to church the Sunday after General Conference. Then, the next day, she brought more to our Open Hearts Group meeting. Everyone wanted one. We decided we’d make more and put them out at church—in case other people might want to wear one. By the way, if…

There Won’t Be Enough Movie Nights

Aimee and I went on a daytime date on Sunday to see Avengers: Endgame. Again. I cried. Again. That’s not what this blog is about. We got home and my daughters wanted to know if we liked it, and why we wanted to see it a second time. I tried to explain it to them,…

Jen’s Top 10

We receive so many well wishes and support each year in the days leading up to Vacation Bible School (VBS) and this year was no different. We hear things such as: “I hope you all have a great week!”, “I know it will be a great success!” and “I can’t wait to hear how many…