Plymouth Park UMC Staff Blog

March 27, 2017: Reflect Upon God’s Gifts

Dear friends, If you haven’t seen me the last few Sundays, I have been at home trying to get over the most recent surgery on my back. I am deeply appreciative of the cards, emails, and phone calls that have come from many of you. I always seem to believe that I can get over surgery faster than I really can. I’m sorry that I missed the reception for Sara that was held last weekend. But I am slowly getting my strength ... Read More »

March 13, 2017: On Eve of Retirement, Looking Back with Much Appreciation

Thank you hardly seems adequate. Thank you is appropriate. I thank you for the ways you have embraced me as your minister. I thank you for allowing me to lead worship and to share worship with you. I thank you for inviting me to teach you. I thank you for the times I learned from you about grace, hardship, heartache, and love. I thank you that, when I made mistakes, you gifted me with your understanding and grace. I thank ... Read More »

March 13, 2017: Be There with Bells On

At Donna Dean’s memorial service, I met the lady who gave the handbells to PPUMC, and she told me that she wanted to return to hear them play in worship. I panicked! After I told her that the sanctuary bells have been dormant for nearly a year, she looked at me and said: “Well … maybe I need to give the bells to a place that will use them.” Unfortunately, I understand how she feels, but I am not ready to ... Read More »

February 27, 2017: Some Thoughts on Mexico

I’m writing this tome for you while I am still in Mexico, even though it’s not due until after I return. However, having looked at my calendar and having checked my email, once I return to the office I’m going to be really busy really quickly. Go figure. I guess that’s why we get away every now and then. One of the really great aspects of my Spanish language program is meeting students from everywhere. About the pictures below: In the ... Read More »

February 27, 2017: A Word from the Prophet: Don’t Let Anything ‘Box In’ your Faith

I’ve been thinking about boxes a lot lately, what with my office being packed up and moved, then packed up and moved back, a second time. For what will (hopefully) be the last time, I will be packed up and moved to a temporary office and moved back a few weeks later. Good strong boxes are like gold in a situation like this. They keep your stuff together and keep it from getting lost. We all love to be given a ... Read More »

February 13, 2017: Sharing A Personal Note

Dear friends, I want to share a personal note today. Many of you know that I have a history of back problems. I have had three back surgeries over the last 12 years — the last one was about two and a half years ago. You may recall that I used a cane for the first couple of months when I started at Plymouth Park. Over the last several months I have experienced pain in my legs and a deteriorating sense of balance, ... Read More »

February 13, 2017: As I Take this Step of Faith, I know Our God is at Work

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” —Jeremiah 29:11-13 If you had asked me 12 months ago if I would be preparing to lead and navigate adult ministries, ... Read More »

January 30, 2017: New Program Empowers Churches to Assist in Health Care

Baylor Hospital in Irving is offering a new program called Faith Community Health. This is a rapidly growing area of health care that seeks to provide preventative education as well as compassionate care and health resources to those in the community. They hope to bring at-risk patients together with compassionate caregivers. Read More »

January 30, 2017: Lemonade, Anyone?

When life gives you lemons, you make … lemonade! By now, you are all aware, and probably tired of hearing, that our offices and other locations in the church flooded again. It would be easy to find a corner, assume the fetal position, and cry all day and through the night. That is the “lemon”! I will not speak for any of my friends in the office, but I certainly had my snit. However, I am proud to be part of ... Read More »

January 16, 2017: Happy New Year!

Greetings, friends! Here we are again! This first tome from me for the new year is something of a “catch up” on the activities of the church. 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?