New Beginnings – From Pastor Scott

The past few weeks in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and surrounding areas have been emotional and exhausting. We have come together to assist one another following the damaging storms that came through our communities. Through it all, the best in people has come out. Folks have helped...
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Managing Our Fears

Fear is all around us! And yes, some fear can be good. Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger. If we didn’t feel some fear from time to time, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. I am grateful for tornado watches and warnings. I am...
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Walking Back

Moving Forward

Sir Winston Churchill took three years to get through the eighth grade because he had trouble learning English.  Life was not always easy for this leader.  How fascinating that many years later Oxford University invited him to give the commencement address at their graduation...
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Being Present

One of the greatest gifts we can offer another person is “presence.” When we are present, we offer time and attention. We focus on the feelings and needs of someone else. Author and spiritual leader, Parker Palmer, writes about the need to be present. He writes that we need to be...
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Holy Week and Easter at Lovely Lane

We find ourselves in the midst of some unusual times.  Our country and world have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways we never could have imagined.  We certainly keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  If we can be helpful in any way,...
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The Lenten Season

We don’t know what we don’t know.  With more than a decade’s worth of research, David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has demonstrated that humans find it “intrinsically difficult to get a sense of what we don’t know.”  Whether an individual lacks competence in...
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United Methodist Church News

Hello Everyone! As some of you know, The United Methodist Church released news today about a plan to split over conflicting views related to human sexuality.  The potential split comes amid heightened tensions in the church since the Special Session of General Conference last...
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Which Way to Go? – By Pastor Scott

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.”  Doing the right thing is always the way to go, but it’s never easy.  Life involves choices.  From the moment we wake in the morning until we go to bed at night, we make...
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Christ is Coming!

The Advent season begins with these classic words, “Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.” However, if you are completely honest, what would your answer be to the question, “What are you expecting from Jesus?”  Do you really expect Jesus to change your life...
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Outer space

Needing Fidelity – By Pastor Scott

I always enjoy visiting Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Each visit reaffirms the vastness of our mighty universe. Whether it’s presentations about the search for new solar systems or observations about the planets we know about, I am constantly filled with awe and wonder. Just when...
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