A prayer for this moment of remembrance

Siblings in Christ, As we stand on the cusp of 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the impact of this reality in our own congregation and community. At our staff meeting this morning several people shared that...

“… the gleaming edge of faith itself …”

Well, friends, 2021 is off to quite a start, isn’t it? I am afraid to say we have nowhere to go but up. I’ve thought that too many times as of late only to be proven wrong. As I write this, I am worried about what will happen on January 20. I am worried about the...

Opening gates, building bridges

My daughters are much more attuned to what is happening in our nation and world today than I ever was at ages 16 and 13. In the 1980s, I cared little for what was happening beyond my own little teenage bubble. But my teenagers have questions; they express fears; they...

Essence, Beauty, Dinosaurs

Like so many children, my grandson Evan is fascinated with dinosaurs. My daughter Emily says he is obsessed. He watches dinosaur cartoons, looks at dinosaur picture books, and has memorized the names of dozens of dinosaurs. I think I knew three when I was his age....

Let it be

Friends, I hope your Christmas was filled with joy and blessings. Certainly, Christmas 2020 is memorable. Many of our rituals, routines and rhythms got upended, like so much else, by the pandemic. I missed being in our beautiful sanctuary singing beloved Christmas...

And it was Good!

“God saw it all and declared it good!” Today as you see the world you inhabit, make a point to notice its goodness and name it so. These are words from scripture as well as from one of the messages in the Advent devotional written by our new pastor, Jill Duffield.  We...

December 21: The Longest Night

The pastors invite you to join us for a special service, The Longest Night, on our Advent and FPC Worship Services playlists, beginning today at 10 am. Today, December 21, marks the longest night of the year. After this past year, that longest night may bring up...

Inspiring Generosity, and a Farm Dogs Update

Thanks to Elder Michael Hunt, Hoke Huss, and all of our outreach volunteers, the Wednesday Drive-By collection ministry continues to be a huge success. At the Peppermint Parade, we collected 1,156 pounds of food for Greensboro Urban Ministry. We have collected 21...

Advent reality, as it is in heaven

Suppose a soldier standing watch is being quizzed by their commander. He asks “What if, while you’re on duty in the middle of the desert, you see a battleship approaching your post. What would you do?” The soldier replies quickly, “I’d take my torpedo and sink it.”...

Taking the short and the long view

Friends, Thank you! Thank you for the warm and enthusiastic welcome. We are so excited to be here and look forward to getting to know you in the months and years ahead. It is, of course, more challenging to see one another given our current pandemic restrictions....