From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: May 2022 - Out of all the answers Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter gave interviewer Kori Street, it was the ones about hope that were most moving. Recordings of his responses to hundreds of questions are now computer indexed for quick selection. An artificial intelligence program called a Chat Bot can simulate a real-time conversation, almost as if he were there. He spoke of… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: April 2022 - Our ‘Good Enough’ Lenten series concludes this month with worship on Easter celebrating our Lord’s Resurrection! On that day (April 17) we will have communion and we will baptize Sloane Slavik (daughter of Holly and Sam)! You are also invited to worship with us on Good Friday, April 15, at noon as we remember the crucifixion together. As the pandemic… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: March 2022 - The idea that you have to be constantly working and unhappily grinding to be successful. ‘Always working’ is an idea worth questioning, challenging, and surpassing. A better idea is that rest, recovery, and reflection are essential parts of becoming the person God wants us to be! Living a successful and happy life should involve ‘being’ as much as ‘doing’. This… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: February 2022 - This moment in history seems so dark to me. Days are short and nights are long. The pandemic is at an all time high. Not meeting in person is hurting churches, schools, and most every other organization. When will it all end? When will goodness be on the rise instead? How can we remain faithful in the present moment and… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: January 2022 - A popular young music artist’s performance included the phone number for the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 along with positive messages of hope and recovery including the phrase: “I want you to be alive.” It told the story of a person in crisis who considered suicide but then called the 800 number instead and experienced help and relief. It… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: December 2021 - Human Nature How long is it appropriate to grieve about new awareness of human behavior? Is it healthy to rehearse our grief? Does continuing to be upset — hinder accepting the new facts and beginning to strategize what God might be calling us to do in light of them? People should not lie for personal gain. But many people do.… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: November 2021 - Robert Raynolds, in his 1952 novel, writes a sad summary of the Roman Empire in the words of his fictional Roman official: Our whole age, our whole Roman world had gone dead in its heart because it feared tragedy, took flight from suffering and abhorred failure. In fear of tragedy, we worshipped power. In fear of suffering, we worshipped security.… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: October 2021 - Compassion Resilience During CoVid A recent presentation, found by searching for timely coping advice, identified what a lot of us are going through during the pandemic and listed strategies for staying strong and responsible in this difficult time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DPA_MLZr3g Sue Dicks and Emily Jonesburg, certified counselors at Rogers Behavioral Health in Madison, Wisconsin, name 3 stages many have experienced: (1)… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: September 2021 - Survey As a new generation of people are adept and comfortable with technology, the importance of online worship has increased. The pandemic has also forced many more of us to use it recently. St. Philip’s Church Council asked the Spiritual Life Ministry to learn how important the quality of our online worship presentation is. Please circle your answer to the… Read More
From the Pastor's Desk From the Pastor’s Desk: August 2021 - As your pastor, I strongly recommend the COVID-19 vaccine. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says all available options for the vaccine are safe. They were developed using science that has been around for decades. COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these… Read More