The Pastor’s Message: Facing Scary-Exciting Times

The Pastor’s Message: Facing Scary-Exciting Times

The first phase of the Vital Church Initiative is winding down and on June 25, our Coffee Hour will include a presentation from the VCI team on our work thus far, including some information from our retreat last month. As we transition to the second phase, and begin to implement changes around the church so […]

Bringing Our Church a Vitality of Faith

Bringing Our Church a Vitality of Faith

As our Vital Church Initiative Team approaches the June conclusion of its work on Phase 1 of the process, I am deeply grateful to those who have participated directly in our work. Wade Cupps, Linda Maylone, Linda Owulette and my wife, Andrea Cortelyou have traveled each month with me to the 4-hour sessions where we […]

A Renewed Spirit for Ministry in Our Congregation

A Renewed Spirit for Ministry in Our Congregation

The Pastor’s Message In this month’s letter, as we conclude Lent and prepare for the celebration of Easter, I want to tell you about the work of the Vital Church Initiative (VCI). Elsewhere in this newsletter is an update about our work and information about two events for the congregation coming up this month, a […]

We Are a People of the Resurrection

We Are a People of the Resurrection

By Pastor Carter In my years of ministry, I have performed many funerals; for young and old, for strangers and beloved parishioners, for those held close by family and friends and for those who died alone. On Ash Wednesday, as we begin our Lenten journey, these services will come to mind as I place the […]

The Great Invitation We Receive as Christians

The Great Invitation We Receive as Christians

I have been reading again some of the writings of Kathleen Norris, a Presbyterian layperson of Methodist lineage who found herself strengthened spiritually by sharing in the worship life of a Benedictine abbey as she was reforming her adult faith in the late seventies. She writes: “When I first stumbled upon the Benedictine abbey . […]

The Pastor’s Message for November 2016

The Pastor’s Message for November 2016

In just a few days the polls will open for voting and I encourage you to consider the following quote from the journal of John Wesley, the organizer of the Methodist movement in England and the Methodist Church in the United States. “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, […]

The Pastor’s Message for October 2016

The Pastor’s Message for October 2016

It was a joy on 24 September to attend the recognition of our new bishop, David Bard. Bishop Bard, a native of Duluth, Minnesota where he had been serving as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, was elected to the episcopacy and consecrated as a bishop this past July and assigned to the Michigan […]

The Pastor’s Message for September 2016

The Pastor’s Message for September 2016

By Paster Carter Cortelyou September means many things starting up again here at church. Sunday school for children will begin again. The choir will once again be offering their leadership in worship. The fall rummage sale will fill our fellowship hall. Officer recruitment will also start in preparation for our Charge Conference coming in October.   I also […]