A Seat at the Table

A reflection on John 21:1-19 for Modern Metanoia. In the history of my serving as a youth, children, and family minister, there is one thing I really love to do. I get to talk to children and their parents about communion. We do not offer a series of classes leading up to one’s First Communion… Continue reading A Seat at the Table

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Celebrate the Light 2

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9 When I think about those wise ones who followed the star, I think about leadership. The best teachers are life-long learners. The best leaders know… Continue reading Celebrate the Light 2

Celebrate the Light 1

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 I’ve been finding myself taking a lot of night walks lately. Many people would think that’s crazy, especially with the weather in Idaho as cold as it’s been. I will admit, by the time I get to the end of… Continue reading Celebrate the Light 1

Charles Brand Carlson (1946-2018)

Chuck Carlson A.K.A. “Dad,” “PaPa Chuck,” “PaPa Seal,” “Uncle Chuck,” “Pastor Chuck,” “Pasta Chuck,” “Pasta Ravioli” “Pasta Masta,” “the Walrus…” Charles Brand Carlson was born on May 6, 1946 to Kathryn Braithwaite and Anthony Scelza. The world was never the same. When Chuck was 4 years old, he was adopted by Kathryn’s new husband George Carlson,… Continue reading Charles Brand Carlson (1946-2018)

In God’s Hands

May 13, 2018 Seventh Sunday of Easter Thought for the Week: John 17:6-19 I am asking on their behalf… those whom you gave me, because they are yours. (John 17:9) In this beautiful prayer from Jesus, we are reminded that all that we have is from God, especially the young lives we work with every… Continue reading In God’s Hands

Be the Light: A Messy Church Preview

One of the things I am most excited about for this year is launching Messy Church into our local community life. I've been following Messy Church.UK for years, but it wasn't until I found myself in this specific congregation and community that I recognized the time to make it happen was now. One of the most difficult… Continue reading Be the Light: A Messy Church Preview

Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

For our first Family Fun Night, I thought we'd start as simple as possible, with a movie. I chose Wall-E because I love it, but also because it is packed full of conversation topics for all ages. Feel free to use my discussion guides attached below. An idea for families with really young children Discussion… Continue reading Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

Family Fun Nights

This summer we're doing something a little different for our Hope family - Family Fun Nights! I made two invites, a brochure and an email invite. The hope is to not only offer fun and fellowship opportunities for all ages of our congregation, but to also exemplify how moments as simple as these can connect… Continue reading Family Fun Nights