Chile Rellenos, Mac N’ Cheese and Community that Matters

30 After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Luke 24:30-31a This past Sunday we gathered together again as we prepare to launch The Harvest Table (first service is September 16th at 5pm!)…

Chasing Chickens and Glimpsing Truth

Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? This Sunday, was my first Sunday morning as both a pastor and also what you could legitimately call a hobby farmer.  We’ve had…

Time to Get a Move On

Acts 1:9    After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight.  10  While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them.  11  They said, “Galileans, why are you…

You Will Be My Witnesses

Acts 1:8 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. To be a witness requires two different actions.  First, you have to see.  You have to experience something.  You have to take…

You Will Receive Power

Acts 1:8  You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you… In the past couple of months, I’ve preached a couple of times about a shift we are making as a congregation, using an image presented by author and church leader Joan Gray. We are moving from being a row boat church…

It is Not for You to Know

Acts 1:6   So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” Once the disciples figured out that Jesus was…

He Appeared to Them

Acts 1:2 Before he was taken up, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus instructed the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he showed them that he was alive with many convincing proofs. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom.  There are forty…

Let Us Be United in Prayer

I am asking all of us to commit to a week of very intentional prayer for our congregation and its ministries.  God is about to do a new thing in and through us.  May we be united in prayer in this week as we prepare to step into this next season of our church’s life in and through the Spirit’s power.  

Your Discipleship Covenant | Identity

This fall, we are going to invite you to consider making a Discipleship Covenant as part of our Stewardship season, because we recognize that Stewardship is not meant to simply be about raising funds for the church.  Stewardship at its core is about each of us learning how to be good stewards of this life…

Why I Love the Connectional Church

I am a cradle Presbyterian.  My parent’s met when my dad’s dad was the chair of the Pastor Nominating Committee at Riley Presbyterian Church, which called my mom’s dad to be their new pastor.  I’ve got deep Presbyterian roots on both sides of my family, and might be what one would call a dyed in…

Care Beyond the Boulevard

Katie Sleigh, Chair of HPC’s Outreach Committee, shares about a new ministry HPC has felt called to support – Care Beyond the Boulevard.  The moving van showed up one day in the late 90’s. My two young boys, Andrew and Patrick, were so excited when they discovered that the new family had kids their age….

We Have Good Work to Be Doing

Saturday, we gathered as a congregation out in our barn on a beautiful, cool August evening to worship, to celebrate our partnership with Heartland Camp over these past 10 summer weeks, and to bless our children and educators (and their backpacks) as they are headed back to school this month. Our scripture for Sunday evening…