Notes from Pastor Sue
Blog Post September 2021 It was a great morning. We had eighteen cubic yards of bark chips delivered to freshen up the playground. At least ten volunteers from the church showed up to help, along with all the preschool teachers and some of their children and husbands. The littlest child was Violet, age 2 ½, who came with her plastic shovel and an eagerness to help. We got the job done in about an hour. I was able to divert…
Yesterday afternoon I took a walk around our neighborhood, something I do several times a week. Except that yesterday I walked it in the opposite direction that I usually go. I passed the same houses, admired the same flowers, covered exactly the same territory that I have walked more times than I can count. But I did it facing a different direction than I usually walk. I felt disoriented, off-balance. It was awkward and confusing. I was relieved when I…
God’s Community from the eyes of our Sunday School children.
On New Year’s Day Doug and I begin to take down our Christmas decorations. I leave most of our Nativity sets up through January 6, Epiphany Day, but I did decide to take one down. It was sitting on my dresser. Our cats like to jump up on that dresser when they are trying to convince us to get up to feed them early in the morning and I was worried they would knock off the figures. This is an…
In late November as I walked along Hearthwood Boulevard a little tree caught my eye. I saw a bit of green so I stopped to look more carefully. Just days earlier I had been admiring the reds and golds of leaves changing color, though by the time I saw this tree many had begun to lose their leaves. Sure enough, however, this tree, was sending out small green leaves. I took this photo that shows the green leaves in the…
Our world places us at a busy and complicated intersection. We face the challenge of learning how to become just, fair, equal, effective to all of those coming into our lives or just passing through. Acheiveing intersectionality, considering all intersections of a person, gives us richness and great promise.
Pastor Sue reflects on the litany, God is good.
Students receive their Bibles in a COVID-era nontraditional ceremony.
Mill Plain UMC remains strong, despite being apart during the pandemic
Preparing for Death Valley
Pastor Sue details plans for celebrating Lent.
Pastor Sue explains the Advent and Christmas traditions.