One of the advantages of a pastoral team is the ability for your pastors to be in two places at the same time. As the pastor to community engagement, before the fall schedule got underway, I took advantage of being able to be away from the church on a Sunday morning. As I spend … Continue reading Where in the World Was Rev. Amy Strader?
People in Bozeman ride bikes. The first week we were here, there were so many bikes up and down our street, Nora asked if there was a bike festival. Nope, just people in Bozeman riding their bike. While Eric took to road biking for fun and exercise a few years back, we have made strides to be … Continue reading Let’s Just Ride Our Bikes: The Night I Nearly Passed Out On Kagy Blvd.
In 1761, John Wesley penned these iconic rules for singing in churches. Believe it or not in the 18th Century these hymns were cutting edge. Some were tunes from pub songs (how scandalous). Wesley's rules for singing were pushing back on the status quo of worship for his community. The communities were singing without excitement and … Continue reading Singing in Church!
"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater." But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed." Kahlil Gibran … Continue reading Joy and Sorrow
As we are beginning our journey with Paul, a few videos to share. In September, Rev. Eric and Rev. Amy went to Rome and spent a full day exploring and visiting the sites of Paul. His jail cell. His final walk on a cobblestone road. His crypt. His mausoleum. The second video is filmed at … Continue reading Paul: Why He Matters
How far will love go? It is a question we all ask in our lives. As children, we wonder if we can do something that will change the love of our parents? Are there conditions? Will this mistake or mess be enough to change their love? For adults, that scared child is not as far … Continue reading Teaching Love
Finally, after being in Montana for 4 weeks, we made it to Hyalite Reservoir. Gorgeous drive and an amazing 2 hours floating around the reservoir. The water was clear, the view breathtaking, and the lake was rather empty for a Friday in July. I feel like I need to be in water often or I get anxious … Continue reading Montana Water