HEART & MIND – JULY 2024 – Dr. Lou Yock

In the gathering space of the church, over the next couple of weeks people are invited to look at the different renderings of the signage and decoration for the front of the building. After this, people may fill out a survey where you share your preferences. Things like, do you prefer a freestanding sign or […]

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HEART & MIND – June 2024

A lot is in the news about democracy lately. At home and abroad people seem to be considering their commitment to democratic methods, as authoritarian parties and individuals gain popularity, influence, and votes. Perhaps it has been taken for granted that once democracy is achieved, it will always be preserved. Even in our own country, […]

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“HEART AND MIND” – MAY 2024 – Dr. Lou Yock

When reading the news and watching snippets of the protests and reactions on college campuses, I’m wondering if this is how “Boomer’s” were seen by their parents and grandparents during their anti-war and civil rights protests? Only now, “Boomers” and “Xers” are “the Man,” scratching their heads at “Gen Z.” On these beautiful spring mornings, […]

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HEART AND MIND – April 2024 – Dr. Lou Yock

My daffodils are showing color, and it isn’t even the end of March! Some years we would still have deep snow and mountains of snow in parking lots. I am thankful for the changing seasons, and always happy to have a mild winter. While I know the maple syrup harvest was affected this year, and […]

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HEART AND MIND – MARCH 2024 – Dr. Louis Yock

With its five years worth of work completed, all well done and comfortably within budget, the Building Construction Committee dissolved itself at its last meeting in February. The committee started before COVID, and through a pandemic, and blocked access to the back of the building, and then blocked access to the front of the building, […]

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HEART AND MIND – JANUARY 2024 – Dr. Louis Yock

In Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, he said, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” These are mighty high and powerful words to begin a pastoral column in a church newsletter. Luckily, […]

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HEART & MIND – DECEMBER 2023

A popular song when I was in high school was Dan Fogelberg’s Same Old Lang Syne from 1980. It springs to mind this time of year because, being as odd in high school as I am now, I knew that the spelling of “old” in the New Year’s Eve song Fogelberg was referencing was “auld.” […]

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HEART AND MIND – November 2023

There’s a lot of grim news from the world lately—Israel, Gaza, Washington, Maine, Ukraine. There is so much that major events are barely mentioned, like the unprecedented category 5 hurricane in Acapulco. All this as the cold and dark of autumn begins to close in around us. I know that if I’m not careful, I […]

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HEART AND MIND – October 2023 – Dr. Louis Yock

The renovation of the front of the church is moving quickly…up until this point. The framing is done, but now progress will slow as the contractors wait for supplies and ordered items to come in, and then get installed as they do. These include the windows, glass blocks, doors, siding, etc. We had hoped to […]

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HEART AND MIND – September 2023 – Dr. Lou Yock

This Sunday, September 3rd, will be our first Sunday Service in the Social Hall. We were told by Mr. Thalman that they would need about two-thirds of the space in the Sanctuary for the construction, and so on August 29th, we began the process of packing-up the Sanctuary. This included safely storing what was not […]

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