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In July 2020, my progress toward ordained ministry took a significant step forward as the United Church of Christ formally acknowledged my status as a Member in Discernment (MID).

I hope you have been hearing about the AHCC 2024 Roadmap, have seen the pamphlet in the sanctuary that outlines the roadmap, and/or listened to the brief overview that Vice Moderator Earl Exum and I presented during the Homecoming Sunday worship service.

A quick read through the Gospels shows that Jesus had a lot to say about finances. He approached the subject in a number of ways, providing clear instruction, relatable parables, and wisdom on dealing with money. But many people (church leaders included) struggle with how to approach the subject of finances at church. It can be awkward. It can be confusing.

The Book of Revelation is one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. John, the book’s author, has a vision, an apocalyptic prophecy, that he is instructed to write down and send to the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia. And his vision is a doozy, friends! For anyone who has attempted to read it, you know the symbolism is rich, and meaning is layered upon meaning. 

Wherever you live - a bustling city, a busy suburb, a small town, a sleepy rural area - there is beauty to be seen and experienced.