Pastor Blog

Adjusting to New Realities as Church

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

Even as we alter our daily lives in response to the Coronavirus, we must not be distant from each other. Every inch or foot we place between ourselves and our neighbors must be filled with care and love for those in need. Please call, write, and email those we will not be making physical contact...

Responding to a Crisis

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

As we collectively respond as a country and nation to the outbreak of this infectious disease, I want to encourage both “peace” and “peace of mind”.  This outbreak is indeed serious and has called into question how we go about our daily lives down to the smallest...

Meetings Are A Way Of Life

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

As a pastor meetings are a way of life. In recent months I've had multiple occasions where I was obliged to be in 2+ meetings simultaneously, which I have yet to fully figure out. Meetings can be tedious (thanks Robert's Rules). They can be time-consuming. But they also provide a space for...

New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

"New year, new me!" We all look ahead to, are deserving of, a clean slate. The beginning of the new year seems to provide a logical opportunity for this, hence "New Year's Resolutions". It's that great chance to put tons of undue pressure on myself to do something that I've put off for too long...

Getting Ready

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

As a Pastor this is the time of the year where I realize I'm not ready. Even with the successful Children's Christmas Program in the rear-view mirror , not ready for Christmas Eve/Day in a week. We've got cardboard animals still lingering in the sanctuary like the Cantina on Mos Eisley. The...

A "Fool Proof" Way

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

"A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way...no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray."  -Isaiah 35:5 https://youtu.be/DOW_kPzY_JY?t=28 As we wander through Advent, seeking God in our lives, I love the idea that not even a fool can go astray from God's Way. When I...

A Picture of the Church

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This last Sunday we spent the day extending welcomes. We welcomed Deacon Christine Yucha into our community (formally) as she was installed. The installer, Bishop Yehiel Curry, was our guest as we welcomed him to share the Gospel in preaching and conversations. This selfie is my favorite...

Alleluia! He is Risen!

Posted by Pr. Zak Wagner on

     Alleluia! He is Risen!      He has risen indeed! Alleluia!      Easter, in my humble opinion, is the most significant moment of our entire church calendar.  Generally Easter Sunday is our most well attended Sunday...

The Mystery of Easter Transforms

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     I love a good mystery. I grew up in a house where missing a day from school meant a Columbo marathon on the couch with mom.       From that came the obsession over the forensic sciences and “true-crime TV.” Mystery can also find its home...