The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. . .” (Isaiah 11:1-2, NIV)   The Season of Advent makes me think about a children’s story,...
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Living our Vows

Living our Vows  “. . . an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18, NIV) As members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, we support our church with our “Presence, Prayers, Gifts, Service, and Witness.”  A renewed attention to these historic vows can make a...
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Civil Conversations

I recently attended two local presentations that connected with the theme of civility. One presentation took place in August at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The Ray Center at Drake University put on this event. The presenter shared the need to understand the viewpoints of...
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Filled with Joy

Thirty years ago this month, Bobby McFerrin released a song that became the first a cappella single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song included the words, “In every life we have some trouble/ When you worry you make it double/Don’t worry, be happy.” I...
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A Big Thank You!

I want to express thanks for the wonderful welcome you have given me and my family. The first worship service and the gift of a beautiful stole were a tremendous blessing. The ice cream social was a fantastic time to get better acquainted with many of you. The renovated offices...
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New Beginnings

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I come to you as lead pastor of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Since 1962, this congregation has been a beacon of light and hope for the community of Cedar Rapids. You have been a welcoming congregation that truly embraces the...
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