Heart Thoughts: A New 7-Part Series

The prevailing theme of this past week has been the omnipresent “cold,” a characteristic feature of January in the state of Maine. While acknowledging the season and regional climate, there’s a sense of realizing how we may have become somewhat accustomed to milder conditions, perhaps a form of spoiling ourselves. Looking ahead, there’s an anticipatory excitement building for the upcoming class on “Mastering Life/Mastering Change” with my esteemed friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck. Reflecting on our history, Rev. LeRoy and I first connected with Paul at the inaugural social gathering for the new ministerial class in June of…

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Heart Thoughts: Let’s Soar in 2024

We are off on a great start in 2024! The solar panels are on our building and electricity is generated by them. The overhang is installed over the door so no more ice buildup. The holiday services are complete and from the feedback enjoyed by many. Now what! You have heard me say and seen it written Let’s Soar in 2024. What does that mean? For each of us personally it can mean different things but as a community what does it mean? The phrase “let’s soar in 2024” can be interpreted as an encouraging and uplifting message that conveys…

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Heart Thoughts: Happy Winter!

Happy Winter! And then the snow came, and it was enough to cancel the in person service, however we were able to pull off doing a full online service. A mighty woo hoo to Deana and Scott for making it all happen. And for all of you who showed up on Sunday morning. The talk title was The Gift of Winter, and it was a good reminder for those who live in states where we actually do have winter, it is a time to go within. I time when nature is in her resting season and for us as well…

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Heart Thoughts: Soaring Into 2024!

It is happening! As I am writing this on Tuesday morning, the solar panel crew is at the church beginning the installation. This is so exciting. What a wonderful way for us to “Soar in 2024.” This week an overhang is being built over the outside door going into the office area. No more ice buildup or getting rained on. Wonderful improvement to our building. On Sunday our service was not the traditional burning bowl of years past. There were two very distinct changes. The first was putting what you are releasing into water instead of fire. The second was…

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