School is out, graduations are done and summer plans are on everyone’s agenda!  This is a great time for students as they celebrate the achievements of the academic year and anticipate a summer of different activities such as sports, camps, 4H, fun in the sun and family vacations.  They may also be thinking about plans… Read more »

Memorial Day

Memorial Day meant the Indy 500 on radio when I was a kid.  However prior to the race we always visited the cemetery in Mishawaka!  It was a big deal for my Dad because he was an orphan.  So, we would visit the graves of grandparents we did not know and plant our geraniums. We… Read more »


“…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Rev. 2:10 There are various dates for congregations to confirm their youth!  In the past, many were confirmed on Palm Sunday and received their first Communion on Maundy Thursday.  As tradition and practices changed some moved confirmation to Pentecost Sunday.  It… Read more »


When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of… Read more »


Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on… Read more »

A Really Big Night! Call Night!

OK there is your baptism day, your wedding day and then your CALL DAY!  This is an exciting time for church worker students as they graduate and receive their first calls.  The study, the waiting, the guessing and the hoping are about to end.  When you receive your first call life changes – in a… Read more »

God’s Plan – Our Future and Hope

Consider the plans and future God has for you!  It all began at the Baptismal font and it is firmly in place because of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!  God’s plan, future and hope for you is with the Father in heaven.  Between now and then we all are called to serve… Read more »

Does Easter Seem Too Good to be True?

Ask “Doubting Thomas”! The power, joy and victory of Easter takes a while to sink in!  I had a parishioner who always anticipated this Sunday and the Gospel lesson for this Sunday:  As you would guess his name is Thomas.  My pastor is named Thomas, my brother is named Thomas and I have a grandson… Read more »

This is Always a Very Joyous Week!

The absolute and eternal victory of Easter is our personal joy and our church celebration! “For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been… Read more »

Holy Week

Palmarum was this past Sunday as we began Holy Week!  Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday and then Good Friday, Holy Sunday and Easter!   You may be checking this out on Easter Monday or maybe you have everything done and written for the next four days! You are all in my prayers as you lead your people… Read more »