Category: Minister Messages

Celebrating our connections

As I write this message, Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a State of Emergency and a ban on westbound commercial travel along the New York Thruway from Rochester to the Pennsylvania line on Route 90.

Will the weather allow me to travel safely on Sunday, when … read more.

Transforming a dreary November

I am going to reveal a secret: I don’t like the month of November very much, especially the beginning.  Samhain is left behind for one more year; the wind has whipped the last remaining leaves from the trees.  The inviting blue waters of Erie look … read more.

Share the best kept secret

Just like a new school year, a congregation’s worship year brings excitement, ideas, and hope galore.

A congregation with a big dream list signifies its members are creative, determined to make things happen. I consider myself very fortunate to serve you. You offer compassion and companionship … read more.

More to life

Greetings, Beloveds!

Though it is mid-August as I write this, you will read this column after the first of September.  It is good to be communicating through our newsletter now, but I am even happier to know that I will see and be with many of … read more.

Working to be the Beloved Community

Greetings, Dear Ones!

As you read this message it is early July, but I write this mid-June.  In order for this to be included in the monthly newsletter I write this a couple weeks ahead of the distribution date. Much like paying bills on time or … read more.

Pay with some toughness for a gentle world

In her poem “An Observation” May Sarton writes that we must “pay with some toughness for a gentle world”. This poem was written while observing her mother’s elderly, gnarled hands, feeling judgmental, then upon reflection, seeing instead, they represent a lifelong faithfulness to the task … read more.

All hands on the plow

How exciting that our Sunday services will now take place in the church building at 222 Temple Street! (Of course, all events, all worship services, all committee meetings will be offered in a dual platform format, to ensure everyone’s participation.)

Sunday services in remote form seemed … read more.

People, Get Ready!

Greetings dear ones!

As I listened to the music that Bobbie Colt included in her March 13 worship service and heard Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions sing their classic “People Get Ready” (the version I was most familiar with), the music and lyrics transported me back … read more.

Seeds of hope, growing dreams

Spring is in the air; the thermometer will show 50 degrees today! I can spot the emerging corners of my raised garden beds, helpless against the rising temps. And the brown grass peeks through the remaining snow piles, invisible only a day ago.

I know I … read more.

The grammar of gratitude

February, despite its shorter number of calendar days, can often seem like the longest month of winter, coming as it does right after the busy month of January.

It is said that one of the best ways to live a more joyful life is to begin … read more.