Finding Happiness Through Gratitude

With all that is going on it may feel like an odd time to focus on gratitude. However, we may be surprised how dramatically our lives will change if we can shift our perspective from one based on want, comparisons and expectations to one drawn on observation and appreciation of what is.

We hope you can join us on Facebook for a livestream of the service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday:

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day!

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Finding Inner Strength

What do we do when we are overwhelmed? What can we do prevent states of overwhelm from taking hold of us? There are two stories we are going to look at that show us one thing we can do before hand as prevention and one thing we can do if we find are already in a difficult state. One is illustrated by king Solomon and the other is illustrated by king David.

We hope to see you on Facebook live at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday:

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Do You Want To Know The Future?

Sometimes we think it would be good to know the future or to be certain of what was going to happen next, especially in difficult times like these. But imagine what that would really be like–to know how our life is going to unfold beforehand. Would that really make us more peaceful and more happy? We will talk about this on Sunday.

We hope you can join us on Facebook through our livestream beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Moving Through Our Fears

You may have noticed that the message the Lord is often giving people in the Bible is “fear not” or “do not be afraid”. That is an easy thing to say but actually letting go of fear when we are in it is not so easy.

This Sunday we will look at how we can move through our fears and begin to arrive at a more peaceful perspective and way of living. We welcome you to join us online on our Facebook page beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Easter Celebration, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via livestream

You are warmly invited to celebrate Easter with us! Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook live. It is a family service for all ages.

Happy Easter!

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Palm Sunday: The Times They Are A Changin’

On Palm Sunday we remember the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, which was a clear symbol to everyone that He was a king. This move definitely stirred things up – infuriating some and exciting others. It stirred things up in a big way.

It is also clear from the things that Jesus said and the things that He did that He came to bring sweeping change to how people were holding and understanding the things of religion and the whole spiritual landscape itself.

Things are definitely changing right now in our world. How can we use this time of upheaval and change to make changes in our own spiritual life?

We hope you can be with us on Facebook live at 10:30 a.m.

We also hope and pray that you are well and finding ways to be at peace. Love to you all.


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Can We Make This A Peaceful Time?

Many of us have been forced to slow down from the normal pace of our busy lives. Can we use this time to really slow down our racing minds and observe and reflect and go within and find peace and contentment?

One of the Ten Commandments that was given from Mount Sinai was the command to observe the Sabbath, to observe a time of rest and reflection. It is interesting that it had to be made a commandment. Maybe because without it we will just keep racing and speeding along without intentionally stopping to breath and to listen for that “still small voice”.

Please join us online this Sunday on Facebook live for worship at 10:30 a.m. We will look into how we might truly use this time to gain new perspectives and habits that can help us build stillness into our lives and a knowing of God’s presence with us. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

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Journey To Freedom, Part 8: We Need Support To Overcome Our Battles

One of the realities of life in this world is that there will be struggles. Right now the whole world is engaged in a struggle to overcome a dangerous virus. We all have to do our part to try to remain hopeful and to support each other in a variety of ways as we struggle together.

It is interesting how the series of sermons we have been engaged in about the Children of Israel and their exodus from slavery in Egypt is right there with valuable lessons for where we are in our current struggle. In the next part of the journey the children of Israel faced their first enemy, the Amalekites. The Amalakites come after them. The strategy of the Amalekites was to strike the weaker parts of the Israelite entourage from behind.  However, Joshua led the children of Israel in battle against the them and as long as Moses, on a nearby hillside, kept his hands raised the Israelites prevailed, but when he lowered his hands they lost.
This story illustrates an important truth.  In order to survive our struggles we must raise our thoughts to the Lord and look to the Lord for help (Moses raising his arms).  When we look to ourselves for support and strength we lose (Moses lowering his arms).  We are strengthened in these battles by the Word, our understanding of it and the support of others.  When we give thanks to the Lord and raise our hands in gratitude the Lord is able to bless us.

We hope you can join us online on our Facebook page as we look at this story and its relevance to our current struggles and to our eternal journey.

See you online at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Stay well and stay connected.

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No Church Service This Sunday, March 15th

Dear Friends,
We gather weekly for worship to take a Sabbath moment from our busy lives and to remember the Lord who has given us life and amazing possibilities for happiness and fulfillment in this life and in the life to come. It is a good time to breathe, be still and reflect. It is also a time to connect with friends and church family and support one another in this journey of life. I find great value in it and hope you do as well. 
That is why this week has been such a struggle. It is so hard to consider cancelling church but it has become evident that it is the prudent thing to do for the sake of helping to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus and to protect the most vulnerable in our population. With consultation from our Board of Trustees we have decided to cancel church this Sunday and more than likely next Sunday as well, not out of fear, but out of love and care for others. It is the appropriate measure to take at this time to support the efforts throughout our state, the nation and the world to slow down the spread of the virus so that our hospitals and health care workers can give appropriate attention to those who are in the most need of their care, and so the system will not burgeon to such a degree that that becomes impossible for them to do so.
I hope you will still take some time on Sunday for a Sabbath moment. May I recommend either conducting your own family worship or watching one of the many services that are archived on either our Facebook page ( or our YouTube channel (
Here is a link to many other live or archived New Church services as well:
I would like to recommend a couple of services you might consider at this time:
Habits That Build Peace
How To Thrive Through Difficulty
Wanting To Know The Future
I will miss worshipping with you this Sunday. Please know that I am here for support if you find yourself stressed over this situation. And don’t forget to put your trust in the Lord. The Lord is there and is caring for us all and leading us to happier things no matter what it may appear like at the time. 
With much love and hope for peace,
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Journey To Freedom, Part 7: Daily Blessings

We are continuing to follow the story of the Children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised land of Canaan – a land flowing with milk and honey, as the story describes it. The children of Israel again found reason to cry out in despair.  They were hungry and missed their Egyptian diets.  In response the Lord miraculously gave them manna every morning and quail every evening.  All they had to do was to gather it, prepare it and eat it.

The grief of the Children of Israel pictures the anxiety we feel when we have begun to change but we aren’t yet feeling like there is any tangible, detectible benefit yet. We miss our old habits and the enjoyment we got from them, and in this new “spiritual growth plan” we haven’t started to feel and sense the benefits. We might be asking the question, “What is the point of all this hard work when all I am experiencing is want and loss?”

The good news that the story brings to light is that God does provide us with true and deeper delight if we will keep to the path of spiritual progress. Miraculously each day manna appears. Sometimes we feel it is hard to find or sense delight in our lives–but, it is there, we just have to look.  

In light of this story the task this week is to acknowledge and show gratitude for the blessings that God brings into your life every day.  Keep your eyes, mind, and heart open. Look for the manna. When you feel empty and spiritually hungry for happiness in your life, pray “give us this day our daily bread. Lord, help me to recognize the bread (goodness and blessings) in my life.”

At this difficult time with the Covid-19 virus spreading we will be having our church service, but we encourage you to stay home and watch online if you are at all sick or part of one of the more vulnerable populations. We will be doing best practices for health and cleanliness and encourage you to make choices about attending or not based on what is best for your own health and the health of others.

May the Lord bless you and yours and may we all look for the blessings amid the difficulties.

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