Following the Recipe

Dear Friends, Diane has been busy preparing for our annual open house. Our freezer is becoming stacked with homemade cookies and several different kinds of homemade candy have been prepared. We hope you are available and will come with your families to our house on the afternoon of December 14th. We love having adults and…

Low Battery

Dear Friends, I was driving down the road just the other day when I heard a deep voice say, “LOW BATTERY.” When I heard the voice I was in the car by myself, but I have heard the same voice when I have been in a great crowd of people. In fact, I hear that…

Tree Planted by Streams of Water

Dear Friends, We had two trees in our front yard. You’ll notice I used the past tense in the previous sentence. Those two trees are now gone. Cut down and hauled away. The only evidence that they were ever there are the bare spots in the lawn soon to be covered with sod. You may…

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Dear Friends, They keep showing up. Someone goes into the hospital for surgery or some other treatment and I see one of them there. Someone loses a loved one to death and once again one shows up. Someone is going through a rough time and needs a bit of encouragement and there it is. It…

Homecoming

Dear Friends, Like many of you, Diane and I have had opportunity to spend a little time away this summer. We enjoyed some time in the mountains at a conference and then a week at the beach with our children and grandchildren. I think we all enjoy getting away for a bit. It is nice…

Being Together

Dear Friends, Facebook has certainly made an impact on how we relate to one another. I don’t usually comment much on Facebook, but I do enjoy seeing what is going on in your lives as you post pictures and comments from your travels and in some cases your vacations. In most cases those pictures are…

Hearing

Dear Friends, Somehow it came up in conversation with one of our members, that I thought I have experienced some hearing loss. I was surprised when she said, “I can check that.” And she could. She brought a machine to my office, put some headphones over my ears and walked me through a simple test…

What Does TPC Mean to You?

Dear Friends, I’ve been to lots of meetings and workshops through the years where the speakers have talked a good bit about what it means to be a church that reaches out to its community and world.  The word that is often used is “missional.”  In quite a few of those gatherings I have heard…