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Recent Sermons

Where To Find God

Rev Ben preaches on Matthew 25 (‘the sheep and the goats’), discussing the ways in which we are called to the practical work of helping the suffering, but also to the spiritual work of recognizing God in each other. Read Matthew 25:31-46 on Bibles.org

Not Everything Has To Be Logical

On Remembrance Sunday, Rev. Ben preaches about eternity: how the idea isn’t logical, but it is very human, and how taking a “long view” can challenge and inspire us to make things better in the here and now. Read Revelations 7:9-17 on Bibles.org

From the pastor

“The Fisherman’s Saint”, a “rectorial address”

FROM THE PASTOR’S PEN Friends, Last weekend I stopped by Black Swan Books on Piedmont Avenue, where I picked up a slim volume called The Fisherman’s Saint by Sir Wilfred Grenfell. Before purchasing the book I knew nothing of the author and not much about fishing; I know more about saints than do most Presbyterians, but that’s not why I bought the…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

Talitha’s Take on Time

Dear friends, It’s good to be back! Michael and I went on our honeymoon two weeks ago, and then last week I was at a conference. So I’m still settling back in and catching up at the office, as I’ve done so many times after one of my trips or retreats, but this time it feels different. I think I’ve gotten reoriented…

Tough times: emergency supply kits and cough drops

Dear friends, I wrote a sermon about getting through tough times this Sunday, but I didn’t know exactly how tough they were about to be. It was just about twelve hours after I preached that sermon, when firestorms started raging north of us. The smoke woke many of us up in the middle of that night. Our hearts ache for loved ones…

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Youth Group Retreat Video

Check out some highlights from our most recent Youth Group retreat!

Upcoming Events

November 20, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    November 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Family Room

    SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS: Come for two classes each week at 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class will be taught by Ellen Greene, an experienced teacher in exercise who offers this class at no charge. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

  • Memoir Writing Group

    November 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Carol Wolleson

  • Grief Group

    November 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Rev. Talitha Phillips
    Grief Group meets every 2nd Monday of the month.

  • *Troop 203 Mistletoe project

    November 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Family Room

    Andrew Newell

  • *Tom Dambly Jazz Trio Rehearsal

    November 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

November 21, 2017
  • Staff Meeting

    November 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Faith Trio

    November 21, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

    Rev Ben; Brad Hestir

  • SG Yoga w/Ziv

    November 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Gretchen

November 22, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    November 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Family Room

    SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS: Come for two classes each week at 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class will be taught by Ellen Greene, an experienced teacher in exercise who offers this class at no charge. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

  • Pastor's Bible Study

    November 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel

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