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The Truth

In another community, my husband and I attended the installation service for a pastor of a neighboring church.  The church was of another denomination so I was interested to see how the service would go.  The sanctuary was full, both of   the parishioners of that church as well as people from the community like me.  When we went in an usher handed us a  program and we read through it prior to the service beginning.                 We nudged each other…

An Unfamiliar Face

Christmas Eve I noticed an unfamiliar face at one of our services.  It was a man, wearing a knitted cap, sitting by himself.  Between the face mask and his hat I could not tell his age, just that I didn’t recognize him.  That in itself was a joy: a new person had found our church.                 After the service I greeted him and welcomed him to our church.  He said he had noticed we were open and came in looking…

WE OFFICIALLY BECAME A RECONCILING CHURCH

Mill Plain United Methodist Church took a momentous step December 2, 2021.  By action of our Charge Conference and after a congregation-wide ballot that was 91% in favor, we officially became a Reconciling Church.  That means we openly welcome and affirm people of all gender expressions, gender identities, and sexual orientations.  This vote was the culmination of work that began in 2019. When the pandemic hit, we put that work on the back burner for a while, morphed into work…

3rd Grade Bible presentation

Last Sunday we gave Bibles to Third Graders.  This is a long-standing tradition in United Methodist Churches.  The exact age varies a little bit, but somewhere around that time, we give children their own Bibles, figuring that by the age of 9 or 10, most children have become good enough readers that they can read the Bible for themselves.  Often adults tell me they still have their Third Grade (or whatever year) Bible.                 The practice varies a bit in…

Serving the Lord During the Pandemic, Part 2

SERVING THE LORD DURING THE PANDEMIC, PART 2 Stewardship Campaign Kickoff – Serving the Lord During the Pandemic, Part 2 Last year we thought by this time we’d be post-pandemic. Throughout the ups and downs, Mill Plain UMC has remained steadfast. And there is much to be grateful for–-worship is now in person as well as online. Preschool numbers are increasing, and Sunday School, youth group and Bible study nurture our faith. Mission efforts have continued—we opened a cooling center on…

As The World Reopens

Back in May, the reader board outside our church read, “Tired of the mask? Get the vax.”  At that point, the coronavirus vaccine had begun widely available, and Covid numbers in Clark County were at last starting to drop as more and more people got vaccinated.  There were still restrictions on gatherings and the CDC still advised wearing face masks in public, especially for those not vaccinated.                 The good new for us now is that infections are still dropping,…