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Yesterday in worship we received these questions to ponder. I admit, I was clicking right along until I got to #7… which calls me to slow down and truly enter into the life that is mine to live. If I truly want to grow in my relationships with Jesus, my church family, and my neighbors there must be intentionality on my part. As our church family moves forward in reconnecting to God, one another, and our neighbor, which questions stir a curiosity in you?

My Reconnect 2022 Eastertide Commitment

In John Wesley’s classes and bands, members met regularly for learning and personal accountability. The following questions were used daily for self-examination.

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?

4. Can I be trusted?

5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?

6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

7. Did the Bible live in me today?

8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?

9. Am I enjoying prayer?

10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?

11. Do I pray about the money I spend?

12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?

13. Do I disobey God in anything?

14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?

15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?

16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?

17. How do I spend my spare time?

18. Am I proud?

19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people — that I am not like them?

20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?

22. Is Christ real to me?

Pastor Jo

May 17, 2022

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May is a full month--Asian American Month, Foster Care Month, Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to name a few. And then there's May Day, Teacher’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Nurse’s Day, National Day of Prayer, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day… According to, each day offers something to remember and/or celebrate. And let’s not forget about graduations and the Kentucky Derby!

Each day invites chances to remember, explore, learn, and share. Each day offers an opportunity to find ways to celebrate and embrace our differences.

For those of us who are United Methodist, May 1 was a day that ushered in a different path for some of our brothers and sisters. Maybe you have read or heard about The Global Methodist Church (GMC). The GMC, according to is defined as “a theologically conservative breakaway denomination.” All agree that it will take time to sort things out and I truly believe that ALL want to be a church that makes a difference for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I will remain a United Methodist for the very reasons I became a United Methodist--All Means ALL. All have a place at the table to share the Good News of Jesus and grow in love of God and neighbor. I see our church growing in numbers, energy, commitment, and hope. Now, more than ever, this should remain our focus… to love like Jesus loves.

Pastor Jo

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A friend recommended a book with an interesting title, Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession. The title alone can bring a check in one’s spirit. To stand before God with no covering, no excuses, no churchy words…

A small child may read the title, giggle, and not give it another thought. One might think it is because of the word, “Naked.” But he has no need to fear baring his soul to God. She knows God loves her just the way she is and she doesn’t need to hide anything.

When did the rest of us forget that? When did we decide that God demands our Sunday best? Our emotions must be neatly pressed, thoughts crystal clear, and hearts as white as grandpa’s new handkerchief. Our prayers must have plenty of Thee's and Thou's, and always say, “Thank you” before you say, “please.”

For me, standing naked before God means that there is trust that God knows us and loves us anyway. God sees our impurities, our wounds, and the “sewage in our hearts” and says, “I can help you with that.”

I hear it as an invitation similar to the one Moses experienced at the burning bush, “Take off your shoes. You’re on holy ground.”

Go ahead, sink your toes into holiness, let the breath of God refresh your spirit, and free you to make a difference in the world.

Having nothing to hide doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It means we are loved.

Pastor Jo

April 27, 2022

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