Pastor Notes

During the month of October you were very kind to me during Pastor Appreciation Month. Thank you for the many expressions of support and some surprises, like the after the 11 am worship fellowship in my honor, compete with cake and other goodies. I feel very much appreciated and am honored to be your pastor. Let me …

What would you say is a life “well lived?” Put another way, what constitutes a well-lived life? Those questions sometimes invade my thinking at those times when I am prompted to ponder. At weddings, funerals and some- times when I’m on vacation, I wonder, “Has my life been well lived?” …

I recently enjoyed lunch at one of Blue Ridge’s 5 Star restaurants. Something one of my lunch mates said about the restaurant gave me pause. The gist of her comment was this. Each time she goes there, the experience provides her with something different, a de- lightful new twist on …

I’ve given myself more than a week to reflect back over Holy Week and the Easter Sunday experience. Now I think I can speak without danger of hyperbole. And yet, what I’ve gleaned may well seem like exaggeration to some. In all honesty however, I think that it is not. …

SOME THOUGHTS ON PRAYER “I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) There is a subtle logic contained in this saying of Jesus, one …

From the Pastor: “Making Disciples Of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World” The phrase above encapsulates the Mission Statement of the United Methodist Church. It is also descriptive of what we here at the Blue Ridge branch of the Church are doing. First, we are “Evangelizing.” That, simply stated, …