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What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living

“What Mortality can teach us about living” was the title of a talk I attended by Dr. Ira Byock in April. I went because I was intrigued by the title, own a couple of his books and like much of what he has to say. It’s not rocket science but he gets to what is important…which […]

And the Table Will Be Wide

A Blessing for World Communion Sunday And the table will be wide. And the welcome will be wide. And the arms will open wide to gather us in. And our hearts will open wide to receive. And we will come as children who trust there is enough. And we will come unhindered and free. And […]

Parenting Tips from “Mom of the Year”

Mother’s Day is coming up, and it always strikes me when I see cards or gifts that say “Best Mom Ever” or “Mom of the Year” because they’re both superlatives. There can’t be more than one of the best mom ever and the Mom of the Year award can only have one true winner, right? […]

We Have Reached the End

I’m sure I have said this every year, but I cannot believe we are at the end of the school year already. This year has gone by so quickly and I am so grateful for so many wonderful things that have happened this year. I want to begin by giving thanks to God for the […]

Welcome Spring

Finally!! Sunshine, warm air and puddles of melting snow! Thanks be to God!! Summer is also the time for cabins, weekends away and time with family. I always encourage people to enjoy their time in summer, and have often wondered if as a family of faith we could consider closing up shop for the month […]

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Several Sunday mornings in February and March, we’ve heard mission moments about the worsening mental health epidemic in our culture. Kaye Wothe shared that one in three people struggle or will struggle with depression or anxiety, and she invited us to look down the pew for the visual of every third person being affected by […]

Swimming, Belonging, and Welcome

I’m a swimmer. I swim 3 or 4 mornings a week with the Master’s Swim Club in Hopkins. Usually when I tell people “I’m a swimmer”, I immediately confess, “I’m in lane 1, that’s the slow lane.” This has been true for the past 5 years, but recently I moved up. I’m now in lane […]

God’s Creation

Ah, spring time! The changing of the seasons is always one of my most favorite times of the year. There is always a different kind of excitement as the seasons change. Whether it’s the colors of fall or the warmth and new growth of spring, we are overcome with the beauty of the Creation and […]

So Many Things to Share!

First, I am grateful for our family of faith. For each of you: for the way you look for and welcome new folks to our family, for the way you have decided to sponsor a new refugee family, for your honesty in speaking about mental health issues including addiction, for your energy and support of […]


This is an entry from Pastor Melissa’s blog written before her son Christopher was found on May 4th, 2017 in the Mississippi River. I share it with all of you because Melissa’s faithfulness and ability to proclaim hope in Christ shines through her writing. Throughout all of her heart-break over Chris’s death Melissa keeps reaching […]