July 24, 2017 In a few words… - This past Sunday during worship we explored part of Paul's letter to the church in Rome (Romans 8:12-25) and this verse really sat on my heart. " I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us." -Romans 8:18 Apostle Paul shares these words with the church in Rome during a time of persecution that would last over 2 centuries. Many of these Christians would know nothing other than persecution for what they believe in, yet the Apostle Paul encourages them to be patient. Patience isn't easy. Understanding suffering isn't easy. Telling ourselves to be patient in our time of suffering for future glory is easier said than done. This reminds me of a Peanuts Read More
July 17, 2017 In a few words… - Vacation Bible School is upon us! I love seeing all the children and excitement in the building during VBS, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. This morning as I got up and prepared myself for the day, a nagging and annoying thought came into my head, "Do I really need to be there?" I have worked with teenagers for over 15 years but little children overwhelm me. During VBS I believe I gain a real understanding what the soldiers at the Alamo must of felt like when they saw they were outnumbered by Santa Anna's army. All kidding aside, I know what it is like to do something outside of your comfort zone for the greater good of God's kingdom. This past Sunday we Read More
July 10, 2017 In a few words… - This past Sunday I shared a message about how Christ invites us to be yoked with him rather than yoked with sin. Sin can be an uncomfortable topic for us to talk about, yet it is an important one. Sin keeps us from being who we desire to be and more importantly who God desires us to be. Sin gets in the way of our relationships. Sin leaves us doubting our self worth. Our response to sin, very often, is to think that we can handle it on our own. In this past Sunday's sermon the scripture we examined (Romans 7:15-25), Paul describes someone who know what is right, but cannot seem to do what is right. Enthusiasm to change comes easy to many of Read More
July 3, 2017 In a few words… - Wow! What a warm and welcoming Sunday, July 2nd was for me and my family. I am very excited to be appointed as lead pastor here at Cornerstone UMC. I am also excited for some wonderful upcoming events. Tomorrow, July 4th, we will be celebrating with the church family here at Cornerstone with food, games, fellowship and of course fireworks. I hope that you are all able to be there. It starts at 6PM and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 PM. So bring a few lawn chairs and enjoy the festivities with us. July 17-21 the church will really be buzzing as Vacation Bible School brings all the children here. If you would like to find out more about our Vacation Bible School or Read More
Pastor Carol March 24, 2017 In a few words … - I See Christ Today Once in a land Called Palestine They saw him, the Christ As he lived and taught   Feeding the hungry Healing the sick Eating with sinners But always preaching love   In him they saw God Learned forgiveness and acceptance Felt compassion and understanding Knew the miracle of prayer   They saw him, the Christ Far away and long ago I see him today In the face of my friend Will he be seen in me?   ~ Suzanne Pelton Join us this Sunday at 11:00 am  as we explore what it means to see through the eyes of Christ. I’ll save a seat for you!
Pastor Carol March 17, 2017 In a few words …. - “Vulnerability is about having the courage to show up and be seen…Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weaknesses.” ~ Brene Brown “There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. ~ M. Scott Peck This Sunday we continue with our sermon series, “On The Mend”, specifically “Mending the Thread of Vulnerability. This week, as I’ve reflected on the story of the woman at the well found in the Gospel of John, I’ve been pondering what it means to be vulnerable. Without question we catch glimpses of vulnerability in the woman, the community and Jesus. The woman when she Read More
Pastor Carol March 10, 2017 In a few words …. - While certainly Lent is a familiar liturgical season that comes and goes with each year, this year it seems different. Not in some big and flashy way, but in a subtle and peaceful way that has seeped into the dark and unattended places of my soul. In this new experience of Lent I feel calm when the waters of things to do are raging; I feel grounded when the winds of change are unsettling. So what is it that has created this peace? I believe it has to do with the practice of the spiritual disciplines of our faith. Practices I have exercised for quite some time. Although, this year, I’ve added a new practice to my Lenten repertoire. Wednesday night a small group of Read More
Pastor Carol March 3, 2017 In a few words … - It seems most years during Lent I find myself giving something up. I typically give up at least one big thing that seems to stand in my way of being fully present to God. This year, though, I’m choosing differently and here’s why. A friend of mine posted something on Facebook written by Tesa Golden who is a member a United Methodist Church in Dallas. During Lent she is going to offer an act of kindness for another person every single day. She is also encouraging others to do the same thing so that she can document these acts of kindness on social media:  #ThisLittleLightOfMine. Here’s what Tesa wrote: "I absolutely believe that we will change the world by following our heart, our calling, our Read More
Pastor Carol February 23, 2017 From Pastor Carol - In a few words ... Is it just me or is anyone else amazed that the trees are budding and the daffodils and gladiolas are blooming … IN FEBRUARY?! Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that spring appears to be coming early this year. From the seemingly dead and dormant landscapes, life is bursting forth. It is our Easter story as told by Mother Nature. This coming Tuesday we will begin the prelude to Easter with Shrove Tuesday. It is a time of fellowship filled with scrumptious pancakes, Mardi Gras beads, and loads of fun. It is a time for us to fill up in preparation for Lent as we journey with Jesus to the cross. During this Lenten season, as we journey, Read More
Pastor Carol February 17, 2017: From Pastor Carol - In a few words ... This past Monday I attended my quarterly Mentor pastor meeting at Perkins School of Theology. I enjoy this time to be with the other mentor pastors, old friends and professors. Like our interns, we study, write papers learn about some of the newest biblical research and we worship together. During morning worship we heard a reading written by Sister Joan Chittter from “For Everything A Season”. I found the words poignant and meaningful and I’d like to share them with you. “Rebuilders are artists of the soul who shape a piece of human creation and leave results to the kiln of time. They do not claim to have all the answers. They claim to honor the questions. They are prepared Read More