Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2015’


Pastor’s 20th anniversary

On Sunday October 25 Second Congregational Church celebrated the 20th anniversary of Reverend Mary Lee-Clark becoming our pastor, in 1995. After worship, the congregation gathered in the social hall for a sumptious buffet potluck lunch. What a variety of delicious edibles that came in pots, casseroles, salad baskets and cookie tins! Pastor Emeritus Tom Steffen offered the blessing, then the …

“This cup?!” Isaiah 53:4-12, Mark 10:35-45 10/18/15

“This cup?!” Isaiah 53:4-12, Mark 10:35-45 10/18/15


It was my kids who first introduced me to the game of “shotgun” when one or the other would shout out “shotgun!” as we headed to the car. Michael Scott, a character on the TV show, “The Office” explains the rules: “The rules of ‘shotgun’ are very simple. The first person to call shotgun when in sight of the vehicle gets to sit in the front seat.” No shotguns were ever held by the person sitting in the passenger seat in my car, but the term comes from stagecoach days when the person sitting next to the driver did carry a shotgun to ward off bandits or animals.

“The Power of Us” Genesis 2:18-24, Mark 10:2-16 10/4/15

“The Power of Us” Genesis 2:18-24, Mark 10:2-16 10/4/15   I have to admit I read this week’s assigned gospel text and let out a groan. “Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’” Having just spent the last 6 months or so getting ready for a wedding, and …

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