At The Checkout Counter of Life

3rd Week of Advent, 2015 Dear Valley Methodist Friends, The Nativity – it was just a moment in the life of Christ, but what a beautiful gift to us. To know something of what it was like in Bethlehem on the very first Christmas. A star shining, angels rejoicing, shepherds and wise men adoring, Mary…

Thumping the TV Set

Dear Valley Methodist Friends, This summer I have been incredibly helped and inspired by reading a speech given by the late Irish Poet Seamus Heaney.  Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.  When he went to Stockholm to receive the award he used the powerful image (in the short part of his…

Hope and Future

Dear Valley Methodist Friends, Las Vegas!  When you think of that town do images of true-hearted Christian worship, helping ministries, and hopeful church growth immediately pop into your mind?  No?  Entertainment you say?  Evenso I can tell you: for 14 of us who recently returned from spending a weekend at Desert Spring United Methodist Church,…

All the Wonderful Whatevers

Dear Valley Methodist Friends, Easter time is the best time of all.  When we have made our Pilgrimage to the Cross we’re ready for the glorious good news of Easter, “Christ is Risen!”  His presence brings us access to our true selves as children of God.  When you know you’re a child of God, bad…