Sinners and Saints: Death, Addictions and Extended Families

There have been many emotionally difficult moments this past month or so. Each one reminding me that we are all both sinners and saints. So much that I bought a barn wood sign with the gifts (fruits) of the spirit on it and hung it in my bedroom where I see it last before going […]

Tapestry Ministries Update

Dear Beloved People of SOTH, It has been our joy and our pleasure to partner with you over these last three years. The Spirit has led us to vibrant and lovely ministries which allow us build bridges AND cross them in our own faith community, in our neighborhood, and in our larger church body. We […]

Living with Pride Everyday

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139 June is a special month in the LGBTQ community. In the United States and in many other countries around the world, it is the month dedicated to being public and proud of who we are. There are parades, festivals, celebrations, and parties all […]

The reign of God, dandelions and all…

I like my neighbors. None of us are particularly into our yards. Sure we mow them. Sure once in a while we lay down a little fertilizer, and every now and again we spray some weed killer, but for the most part, we’re just happy to mow whatever grows and be done with it. As […]

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 […]