Category: Minister Posts

From the Minister – January 2022!

January is a funny month to me — it’s the beginning of the calendar year, a time of new beginnings, resolution or intention-setting, and the end of the Christmas season on January 6. At the same time, it’s well into the church program year, school year, or any other time in our lives. January is … Continued

From the Minister – December

December has always felt like a lot of month to me — there are a bunch of holidays, and when I was growing up, it seemed like my mom always had Christmas music. We decorated the house big time with all sorts of decorations. There were all kinds of events to participate in and experience, … Continued

From the Minister – November

Our theme for November is “Holding History,” and I’ve been thinking about the wonder of this time of the year. Halloween and All Souls Day are two beloved holidays to me; Halloween was one of my grandmother’s birthdays. As the temps have finally started cooling some, it feels like fall, even though it’s much warmer … Continued

From the Minister – October

We are rolling into October and the best news for many of us is that we are reopening! It’s hard to believe that we’re just about there — and if you think it’s taken too long a time, your help and support in making things happen is always welcome. This has been a huge effort … Continued

From the Minister – September

From the Minister Usually, when September rolls around, ministers have already laid out some scaffolding for what might be addressed in the coming year. I suspect that practice has changed significantly since the beginning of the pandemic for all of us. We continue to be lost in the mires of this pandemic. The trauma is … Continued

From the Minister – August

From the Minister This summer has been moving so quickly, likely in part because of the work I have been doing, serving our faith in new ways. I was a Co-Lead of the Chaplain Team for our annual General Assembly in June. This was the first time I had ever volunteered for GA. It was … Continued

From the Minister – July

The Reverend Kristina Spaude will be taking study leave again from July 11-16 as part of the ministry team for the Central East Region’s Summer Institute and then again be taking staycation time the following week, July 18-22.  She will be available for emergency pastoral concerns only for the week she is on study leave – … Continued

From the Minister – June

Summer is fast approaching! Things are finally shifting as we are opening up after what has seemed like endless months apart. The church is opening for groups and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to open for in-person worship services in the fall. For many ministers, the summertime is a less active time, where programming … Continued

From the Minister – May

As I was preparing for the Flower Ceremony service (available on May 2), I was so aware of how hymns and other worship pieces are not written for those of us in a warmer year-round climate. I thought about the lovely “Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers,” and thought, “It’s unwrapped some flowers…” And April showers bring May … Continued

From the Minister – April

Registrations for our annual General Assembly opened in January. I have never volunteered for General Assembly before but decided I was interested in doing so this year as a way to both serve our faith as well as grow my skills. Every opportunity for volunteering, I’ve offered myself, and expect to have some news to … Continued