What is the five-hundred-year question?

Dear Members and Friends, Holding on is believing that there is only a past; letting go is knowing there’s a future.        -Daphne Rose Kingma, 21st century Artists Makoto Fujimura describes visiting the Fra Angelico (1395-1455) exhibit at the Met one December.  As he gazed at Angelico’s “Madonna and Child,” he says he had […]

Advent and the approaching Christmas season is filled with more darkness than we ever imagined possible, and we struggle to see any light.

Dear Members and Friends, Faith is the enduring ability to imagine life in a certain way. -James Whitehead, 20th century For many of us, Advent and the approaching Christmas season is filled with more darkness than we ever imagined possible, and we struggle to see any light.  It is not a time filled with hope, but […]

GETTING READY BY EMPTYING OUT

… he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.                                                                                                                           -Luke 1:53 (Preached on Sunday, December 17, 2017) My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, … What a beautiful piece of poetry!  Its words and phrases build upon one another, rising […]

Reaching Out in the New Year

Starting in January, Mission Outreach will have 2 new projects working with Camillus House and Veterans. Clothing collection for the homeless: As you look through your closets for Holiday fare, or trying to make room for new Christmas gifts … think of the Camillus house which needs all types of clothing, outerwear and shoes.  They are […]

Advent, and by extension for many of us, Christmas, is a season filled with longing and wistfulness.

Dear Members and Friends, Wonderfully secured by a mighty power, we await with confidence whatever may come.  God is with us – in the evening, in the morning, and entirely certain on each new day.                 -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 20th century Dianne and I attended a Christmas concert by Seraphic Fire, the wonderful Miami-based professional choral group, this […]