Plymouth Park UMC Staff Blog

Take Each Other As We Are: November 2017

I think that Jesus is trying to suggest that we are to take each other as we are: no pretense, no illusions, no expectations of greater glory — like 2-year-olds in the pumpkin patch. Just accept each other and our inner child for the children we once were and yet long to be. Read More »

October 23, 2017: “In Mission Together”

Our Missions Committee invited Dariusz and Monika Zuber to visit Irving, and the visit allowed us to put faces with their names and get a better feel for who they are and how they do ministry in Poland. Read More »

October 9, 2017: Why the White ‘Robe’? It’s About Putting the Focus on God!

Historically, leaders in the church wore robes for two reasons: 1) to distinguish worship from ordinary life, as something important; and 2) to remove the individuality of the leader so that the congregant’s focus is on God alone. Read More »

October 9, 2017: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Devastation

As humans, we can only store so much sadness and gloom. We have to move on or we will end up stuck in a bad place. But that doesn’t really help those who are still living with their tragedy. Read More »

September 25, 2017: He Who Sits in the Heavens Laughs

So Fridays are my “Sabbath.” I play golf on Fridays with a group of friends that I’ve sort of accumulated over the years, one if which is “David.” David (pictured below) is a member of First UMC in Denton, sings in the choir there, has been with us in worship here several times, and is a polio survivor. He lives with constant residual pain from childhood polio. David is a retired retailer (30-plus years with J.C. Penney and 12 years with FedEx), ... Read More »

September 25, 2017: History of the hymns: “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

It is almost my turn to deliver the stewardship message on behalf of the Music Ministry area. To prepare for that, I would love for you to read the article below by Professor C. Michael Hawn. You can find the entire text by searching the Web for the title: History of Hymns: “My Life Flows On” (“How Can I Keep From Singing?”).       Though the origins of this poignant song are somewhat in doubt, its message is clear. “How Can ... Read More »

September 11, 2017: Why Does God Allow Such Terrible Things to Happen?

Last weekend, my husband and I entered a new phase in our lives when we dropped our son off for his freshman year of college. Our daughter moved to New York earlier in August to attend theatre school. We are now officially empty nesters. Read More »

September 11, 2017: Living Intentionally — The Heart of Following Jesus

Last weekend, my husband and I entered a new phase in our lives when we dropped our son off for his freshman year of college. Our daughter moved to New York earlier in August to attend theatre school. We are now officially empty nesters. Read More »

August 28, 2017: Making a Commitment to Live — and Serve — in Community

Living life intentionally means each day begins with a commitment to something. As Christians, our commitment, our intention is to know Christ and to make Christ known. Where Christ is known, so is acceptance, belonging, kindness, and love. Read More »

August 28, 2017: Now That the Nest is Empty, Looking Back on the Lessons Learned

Last weekend, my husband and I entered a new phase in our lives when we dropped our son off for his freshman year of college. Our daughter moved to New York earlier in August to attend theatre school. We are now officially empty nesters. Read More »

Micah 6:8

...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?