Our pastor, Charlotte Lohrenz, has been at Faith Presbyterian Church for seven years and has the opportunity to take a sabbatical – a time away from the work of the church for rest, study and renewal. The theme of her sabbatical is Walking into Blessing. Faith has been exploring the courage it takes to walk into the blessings of unfamiliar places and meet those who have been strangers to us.  We received a grant from the Center for Pastoral Renewal to support our pastor, her family, and the congregation as we explore the themes of: going where we are uncomfortable, speaking with those we don’t know, courage, and being at home on the journey with Jesus. The sabbatical time, when Charlotte will be away from the church May 22 through September 4, including 15 Sundays. The Clergy Renewal Grant expects the pastor to find a balance between travel and home, relaxation and focus, family and solitude.  Charlotte’s plans include six weeks in Greece with her daughters, a gathering with her husband’s family children and grandchildren, time at the family’s cabin in Colorado, a month at home and work on Courage & Renewal programming.  Throughout the sabbatical, there will be a lot of walking, walking, hiking and more walking. Galen Schwarz will serve as Supply Pastor during Charlotte’s sabbatical.  Galen is a member of Whitewater Valley Presbytery and served as the associate pastor of Irvington Presbyterian Church for more than two decades.  Since retirement from that position, Galen has served two churches as a short-term supply pastor. Keep an eye out for the opportunities to walk with courage into blessing – right...
June 11 Sermon: What You Already Know

June 11 Sermon: What You Already Know

About a month ago, one of the tragedies of life that could only have happened in this decade struck me.  While on vacation I made the mistake of a lifetime.  It was to say yes to one of those time share people.  In many ways it was far worse.  It was a beautiful Florida day.  My wife and I had enjoyed most of the day relaxing in the shade of our umbrella-covered beach chair, when I decided that I wanted to go for a swim.  That was not a normal decision for me, as I am not really what you would call an ocean swimmer.  But off I went into the blue-green water of the Gulf of Mexico. Returning from what really wasn’t a swim but more like a series of splash I walked back to the beach chair and felt something strange.  The right side of my swimming suit felt a little heavier than it should, so I reached down to find out why, and then it hit me.  I had placed my cell phone in my pocket while I was reading and had forgotten to take it out before I hit the waves. Now most of us know that our lives are on our phones: everything from other people’s phone  numbers to secret passwords, to our appointment calendars, sometimes our to do lists, contact with friends, and the places we surf when we have spare time and want to catch up on the news. I certainly know that phones have to be replaced every now and then, as my wife had just had to replace hers. So...
Sermon:  An Adult in Faith

Sermon: An Adult in Faith

An Adult in Faith Galatians 4:1-7 Sunday, June 2, 2017 At what point to you think you became an adult?  I suppose that varies to a certain extent from generation to generation, for that answer may be somewhat contextual.  We first start thinking about that when the digits in our age start to number 2.  That you see is the age that we can see the big number 16 approaching when we can get our  driver’s license.  It is difficult for me to remember that back in Kansas where I grew up the age for a driver’s license was 14.  Now there were some restrictions on that but it was the freedom to drive to school or work or with a parent in the car. The laws in Indiana are a lot more complicated.  To the disappointment of most teenagers in Indiana one must be at least 16 years old.  Then you are eligible for a provisional license.). At 17 1/2 years old you are allowed to apply for a provisional permit without taking driver’s education. At 18 years old and older you can apply for a driver’s license without getting a learner’s permit.  However, you may not drive with passengers for 180 days after getting your probationary license, unless you are also accompanied in the front seat by a licensed instructor, an individual with a valid driver’s license who is at least 25 years of age or a spouse who is at least 21 years of age.  Boy those kids from agricultural states sure had it a lot easier! Some of us are old enough to remember when a person was not an adult and able to vote  until we...
Don’t Just Say Grace

Don’t Just Say Grace

The world is filled with stresses and sometimes even our times of thanks giving can be stressful.  This 90-second video invites us, this Thanksgiving, to “break bread together, not in spite of our differences…but, because of them.”​ (Thank you to Marcia McFee www.worshipdesignstudio for creating.)...