Miracles in the earth

If we want a garden We’re gonna have to sow the seed Plant a little happiness Let the roots run deep If it’s love that we give Then it’s love that we reap If we want a garden We’re gonna have to sow the seed ~ Crowded Table by The Highwomen...

Transitional Director of Pastoral Care

Friends, It is with great joy that I share with you that we will soon have full-time transitional leadership for congregational care. On Thursday of last week at a called Session meeting Newton Cowan was unanimously approved to fill this role. As many of you know,...

Estranged Labor

Both the Old and New Testament writers had a lot to say about labor. There are two basic attitudes about two distinct uses of the word labor in scripture. The first has to do with childbirth, or analogies about birthing. “As soon as Zion was in labor, she delivered...

Light for This Day

I came across a piece written by Henri Nouwen recently in his Bread for the Journey devotional.  He reflects on life, writing: “Mostly we have just enough light for the next step: what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day. The art of living is to...

Good old-fashioned biblical delights

The Book of Genesis is the crown jewel, the masterpiece of the Old Testament. Perhaps it has been a while since you have read it through like you would a novel at the beach. It’s only about 66 pages long, much shorter than any novel. If you prefer to...

Saying farewell to James Keith

Feature by  FPC member Susan DeVaney When James Keith arrived at FPC ten years ago, it was as the part-time music director for the non-traditional Rejoice service. With the beloved Dolly Jacobs as the primary face of Rejoice! and Sid Batts as the live streamed...

Small sacrifices make a big difference

Many of our children and youth are right now starting a new, strange, school year. Young adults are headed to college. Teachers, parents, administrators, staff and students are navigating transitions that in other seasons felt much less fraught with anxiety than this...

Information exchange in the youth market

Relying on youth for insight into the current trends, slang, and funny places on the internet is a privilege.  How many teenagers are open to sharing the intimate details of their lives, sometimes even those that their parents are not quite fully in tune with or aware...

A terrible, beautiful week

Editor’s note:  Donna Chase was with our youth at the Montreat Youth Conference when they heard about the passing of Rev. Dolly Jacobs. Dolly had been with the group earlier that week. Our 10 am service this Sunday, August 15, will be a Service of Witness to the...

Sitting Shiva and thinking of Dolly

It happened again last night.  I woke up at 2, came downstairs, poured myself a little something to drink, and sat in the dark and thought about Dolly. It is my Presbyterian and very solitary form of the Jewish practice of sitting Shiva, a seven-day period to mourn...