From the Pastor’s Desk: July 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

“So let’s strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up.” Romans 14:19 Greetings St. John UCC and St. Philip’s UCC! Check out this year’s VBS theme Bible verse above! This year’s VBS theme is “Hero Hotline,” and our kids will learn all about some of the great heroes of our faith. They’re going … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: June 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

Greetings St. Philip’s UCC and St. John UCC! Welcome to the inaugural issue of our shared monthly newsletter! St. Philip’s has a regular monthly newsletter and St. John has not had a regular newsletter for quite a while. So… drumroll please… we’re trying something new! For the next few months, we’ll try sharing a newsletter for BOTH churches and see … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: April 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

Greetings St. Philip’s UCC! By John’s gospel account, Mary Magdalene is the first person to see the risen Christ. She’s also the first person to proclaim the Good News—to tell others about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Her first words, according to John, are simple and straight to the point: “I have seen the Lord.” Maybe you haven’t happened upon … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

Greetings St. Philip’s UCC! Just this morning, I noticed that the buds on the trees in my yard are big enough to see from the windows of my house—spring is coming! For the last couple of weeks, I could see the buds if I got up real close to the trees and peered intently up at their branches; but today, … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: February 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was famished.” (Matthew 4:1-2) Greetings St. Philip’s UCC! While some of us are still taking down and putting away the last of our Christmas decorations, in the blink of an eye, here we … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: January 2023

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From the Pastor's Desk

“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6) Greetings St. Philip’s UCC! Twelve days after Christmas, it isn’t a partridge in a pear tree that we celebrate, but rather the coming of the wise … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 Greetings St. Philip’s UCC! I am so excited to join you on this new adventure in ministry together! Through us, indeed, God is doing something new — something … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: September 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Farewell As this month begins, I will be retiring after more than 38 years as an active settled pastor. Those years have taken me to Levasy, MO, Defiance, MO, DuQuoin, IL, Edwardsville, IL, Florissant, MO, and then, four years ago, to South St. Louis County. These past four years have been filled with many blessings and challenges, including the COVID-19 … Read More