December 8, 2020

Through the storm.


As we search for peace do we remember that God is with us through the storm, through the turmoil?

Finding peace while we battle the voices inside us that say we are not good enough, strong enough, bold or brave enough, is not an easy task.

Perhaps that is one reason we have an Advent time. We can hold on to the quiet, peaceful moments of Advent.  This year we are faced with a storm but also faced with crucial decisions that help us through to the next stages of our lives.

We can choose to avoid Advent activities but Advent is with us in this time before the stable and the manger. 

Advent – advancing, moving forward.
Take the next steps you need. God is with you.

Pastor Barbara

December 7, 2020

Advent Reflection

Another week has begun.  Another round of news releases about COVID, lock-downs, and the vaccine.


How do we keep peace in our hearts, our lives, when the outside world is no longer what we expect it to be or wish it was?


This is the time we dig deep – deep into our hearts and our faith.

From Psalm 31

…but I trust in you O Lord;I say, “You are my God”My times are in your hand;  ….Let your face shine upon your servant;   save me in your steadfast love.


We rest safe in the arms of the Divine knowing that peace comes when we rest.
May you find peace this day and always,

Pastor Barbara

A house, a home

Whether it’s four walls, a round house, or a tent , do you live in a house or a home?

I was often told that I easily make a new house home quickly. Once the furniture is in and the fridge stocked I set up the bedroom, my place of rest, and set the rest of the house in such a way that it feels like home.

For some it may seem cluttered. For me, it’s the memories of homes past and the intention for the building I’m currently calling home. Some people hang a certain picture over the couch regardless of the house. Others make sure the TV and the comfy chair are in perfect alignment.

What makes your house your home? Do you feel or see a difference between the two?

Many of us are currently settling in to the new meaning of church home. Worshipping outside like going to the drive-in movies or from our kitchen table are you able to feel like church at home?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Comment below, please.

Enjoy the week.

Barbara/Doll

Thanksgiving Worship: DMS Pastoral Charge

Ten were healed. Only one returned to give thinks. Give thanks, daily

​Thank you for your faithful support of St. Andrews, St. Lukes, and Emmanuel United Churches. We appreciate your continued prayers and all that you do to minister in the world. Please contact your treasurer or myself for ways to give financially during our time of sheltering in place. You are a blessing to all. Barbara