Plymouth Park UMC Staff Blog

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 »

August 14, 2017: Relaxation and Respite

I write this tome on the first day of summer. I know that it’s summer because it’s hot, we are in the midst of Vacation Bible School, and the calendar says that it is so. Mrs. La Barr’s son can read these signs like an Army scout! Read More »

August 14, 2017: Is There No Place Like Home?

The concept of home is fluid, but home is where the heart is! My heart will always be in Sweden, and while my family lives in Irving, it will be here. Read More »

Finding the Gifts of Community and Spiritual Communion

There is nothing quite like communing with new people. It all starts with stepping out of our comfort zone, often stepping into someone else’s community, hardship or joy. At first it may be difficult, but in joining someone else where they are, we leave our way of viewing the world behind just long enough to get a glimpse of life through the eyes of a neighbor. The sharing that happens in those sacred spaces goes far beyond conversation and good deeds; ... Read More »

The Blessing is in the Details: July 2017

Dear friends, There is an old saying that the “the devil is in the details.” I’m sure that is a true statement. There are any number of ideas, suggestions or proposals that sound or look good in a general sense but become increasingly problematic the closer we examine them. But I think that we can say that “the blessing is in the details” as well. Often it is the small things that matter most. There is a story told by the rabbis about ... Read More »

July 17, 2017: As We Rush Through Summer, Finding Some Time to Slow Down

Time Moves Slowly, But Passes Quickly It’s July. How in the world is the summer half-way over? School supplies are already making their way to shelves, and families are soaking in the last few weeks of summer before activities pick up again. The last six weeks of baseball, road trips, and family cookouts have created new memories and given us plenty of joy. On Sunday as I walked around, stood on the sidelines and assisted in worship, I saw so many of ... Read More »

July 3, 2017: First Day of Summer!

I write this tome on the first day of summer. I know that it’s summer because it’s hot, we are in the midst of Vacation Bible School, and the calendar says that it is so. Mrs. La Barr’s son can read these signs like an Army scout! 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?