Rev.G 4/5/17

Pastoral Update 4.5.17 We’re coming to the on-ramp for Holy Week, so time to get up to speed with what’s ahead: Pesach Next Week After this coming Sunday’s Palm-Passion service (details in tomorrow’s Connections), we’ll have a full ‘last supper’ communion service on Maundy Thursday (6:30pm, April 13). This is the Christian version of the …

Rev.G 3/22/17

Right Tool for the Job Part II It’s a green, sunny springtime Wednesday, so let’s not forget how blessed we are to live here (just checked my sister’s weather in Michigan—34 degrees). Gratitude is also in order for the outstanding results of the youth’s SSP auction fundraiser Sunday: watch Connections at the end of the …

Rev.G 3/15/17

Right Tool for the Job Spring arrives next Monday, but the nice weather is already here. Sunday should be a beautiful day for the SSP Youth Auction Fundraiser—easily the best mix of fun and fundraising every year (4pm in Brooks Hall). Bring your smile, your support, and your charge card—or checks/cash still work. (Tomorrow’s Connections …

Rev.G 1/16/17

To Members and Friends of CUMC ~ This coming weekend, Karen and I will depart on a vacation/cycling expedition in South America. This is to let you know a bit about our plans, and how ministry will continue while I’m away. First, the basics: we’re returning to Chile to tackle something new for us— a …

Rev.G 12/6/16

Just your regular weekly pastoral smorgasbord: check it out (especially the “Thief” link.) The Short Quote* “Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.”  Thomas Merton What About This Friday? CUMC holiday events, including this Friday’s Parent’s Night Out: for details and the …

Rev.G 11/7/16

Like a speeding train, here comes/goes Monday: these are a few items for your attention going into this busy week. Lenses For the Election And maybe action: here are links to the ideas mentioned in the sermon yesterday—lenses to help see more clearly the deeper roots of our human behavior and how those are expressed …

Rev.G 11/1/16

One week until Election Day—but there’s more than just that going on. Check it out: Western U.M. Bishops on Standing Rock http://www.calpacumc.org/news/wjumc-bishops-send-letter-president-obama-support-standing-rock-sioux-nation/ This is a good companion clip: https://www.facebook.com/patricio.dominguez.96/videos/10154516583594923/ Thanks~ For the Spookiness: congratulations to everyone who made Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event a real success—rough count by candy distributed was 450+ people! Special thanks …

Rev.G 10/25/16

Halloween?! Could we please tap the brakes? Pause for a moment and consider: What We Didn’t Do This Sunday we will remember by name all CUMC members who have passed away since last All Saint’s Day (Oct.31, 2015). Remembering those we love and all they did in their lives calls us to a reckoning of …

Rev.G 10/19/16

Already Wednesday—much done, much to do, a few things to plan for: Youth Lead: this Sunday our U.M. Youth Group leads both worship services, with talent, music, wit and a custom-crafted skit titled “Who Is My Neighbor?” Think you know that parable? Come try this updated version! (Warning: includes the use of hats.) Hurricane Leads …

Rev.G 10/4/16

Here are a few things I hope you find useful going into this week: Episcopal Glimpse: a quick video intro to our new Bishop, Rev. Dr. Grant Hagiya. Click the video link on Cal-Pac's website here (scroll down the screen then click on the start arrow). Staff Certification: through our insurance carrier and the Conference, …