Mondays at the Soup Kitchen–the Right Place at the Right Time

A day like May 1st reminded me why I’m here. It had been a long weekend, with Regional Assembly on the other side of our state on Saturday and much travel, only to be put together Sunday for worship at the church. I thought I was now finally renewed after the prior night’s rest, but … More Mondays at the Soup Kitchen–the Right Place at the Right Time

Going to See the King: Remembering Eleanor Kuss

Sometimes, we don’t know what we’re doing. And sometimes, we don’t realize the extraordinary holiness of a moment in time. And then, sometimes, we do.   I received two text messages on Sunday morning before church. Two of three brothers reached out to me to make sure I knew their mother was struggling that day. … More Going to See the King: Remembering Eleanor Kuss

Ash Wednesday Sermon Preached at Noon SouthPark Christian Church Service 2017

Isaiah 58:1-12 (NRSV) Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not … More Ash Wednesday Sermon Preached at Noon SouthPark Christian Church Service 2017

Teresa Norville’s Conversation with God at Robby Robertson’s Memorial Service

Dear God,  Sure seems like we have been spending lots of time together lately . . . So much sickness, struggles, turmoil and unrest has spilled into our lives.  Even our own city and sometimes our own neighborhoods have been affected.   I know that it’s all in your plan and I trust in you … More Teresa Norville’s Conversation with God at Robby Robertson’s Memorial Service

While You Weren’t Away . . . 

Our challenges haven’t left with the curfew or the National Guard. Challenges that have always existed have only become more obvious from the recent events happening in our city. Our city has had a disparity between rich and poor, between black and white, for more years than any of us has been alive. We just did a really great job of glossing over it and pretending the gloss was the reality. … More While You Weren’t Away . . . 

Same-Same

  Over time, we’ve developed a way of communicating that works.  I’m talking about the interactions between the Montagnard communities at First Christian Church and the church members who were here before those groups came to us.  We get invited to gatherings, to the birthday celebrations, to the wedding feasts, to the special events of … More Same-Same

More Than Lunch

  I cannot tell you the joy it is to see some of our regular guests and volunteers at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen on Mondays.   Some of our guests are first-time guests.  They are overwhelmed when they realize they’re going to be served a meal, a good meal, as if they were sitting in a … More More Than Lunch