A Prayer for the Rwanda Team

Dear friends, Elder Martha (St. Andrew’s), Elder Tom (Emsworth), and I are in the last stages of preparation for our study trip to Rwanda! As we prepare for this life changing experience, please be in prayer for us. A team of 30+  from around the U.S., South Sudan, Kenya, and Rwanda will join together from March 11-22 to explore the effects of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the efforts toward … [Read more...]

Regarding Recent Events in Pittsburgh

It's been a long week. It's been a long week for our city, and it's been an especially long week for the clergy of the city. Most of us are pretty sad, shocked, frustrated, and tired. There are people in both Emsworth UPC and St. Andrew's (the other church I serve) who knew victims of the shooting on Saturday, first responders who were involved, or members of the congregations at Tree of Life who … [Read more...]

How to Get in Touch with the Pastor

One of the logistical issues I've discovered is inherent in pastoring two partnered churches is that sometimes it can be hard for you all to know when and how to get in touch with me. Sometimes, there is a perception that I'm too busy to bother. While it's true I'm usually pretty busy, it's also true that any of my administrative duties, sermon writing, reading, project planning, and session … [Read more...]

First Lunch with the Pastor was a ton of fun!

I can't take any credit for what happened today at lunch. Seriously. It was the Holy Spirit. God moved today and it was so much fun! The idea for "lunch with the pastor" was something someone in a Facebook group I belong to threw out there as something she does to spend time with parishioners on a regular basis. I found something very appealing about the idea of just hanging out with people … [Read more...]