With Just A Word

Words have power.  They just do.  Our words have the power to shape our world…to shape how we feel about someone…to shape a relationship.  We have seen this in our lives.  We have seen this in the world around us.  We have seen this in our famly…and our friends. A compliment can lift my spirits.  … More With Just A Word


I have been looking forward to this week’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew for weeks.  Really, I have.  For at least a month, we’ve been plowing away through these set of instructions that Jesus was giving to the disciples on what to do and how to act once He was gone.  And truth be … More Patina

Truth has a Name

When the decade of the 1960s came to an end, many of the hippies who had lived in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district were forced by rising real estate costs to moved down the coast to the town of Santa Cruz.  There, they married and had children, they bought cars and homes and they enrolled their … More Truth has a Name

To See or Not To See

Sometimes good stories trigger memories: When I think of “The Wizard of Oz,” I think of getting to eat dinner in front of the TV…something that otherwise never happened in our house when I was growing up. When I think of the Harry Potter books, I think of sitting on our couch with each of … More To See or Not To See

How Are You?

Grace and peace to you from God our creator, and from Jesus, who heals.  Amen. In 2008 a young Australian woman, Hailey Bartholomew, found that she just wasn’t enjoying life. She described herself as feeling lost and stuck on a treadmill. She couldn’t really explain why. She was married to a man she loved and … More How Are You?

Ashes on our Forehead

Every year, around 6 weeks before Easter, the Christian church celebrates Ash Wednesday.  This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 6.  Tomorrow.  You will see people walking around with black smudges on their foreheads.  It is an ancient tradition that the church practices to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a season when Christians … More Ashes on our Forehead

A Wonderful Announcement Regarding Pastor Amanda!

Today I am writing with wonderful news! Pastor Amanda and Paul Floy are very excited to announce their engagement to be married.  Their wedding will happen here at Trinity on Friday, June 7. They are both very happy, and we are all thrilled for them. People may ask questions like: “Does this mean Pastor Amanda … More A Wonderful Announcement Regarding Pastor Amanda!