Kristen's Korner
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December 17, 2018, 1:00 PM

Sounds Like an Advent Challenge to Me!

What would it look like if we took the time this advent season to:

Proclaim that we are God's servants and that He can do great things (like Mary)

To trust that what God has started He will see through (like Joseph)

To hear God's guiding words and be willing to follow (like the Shepherds)

To sing praises to God for he is Good, His steadfast love endures forever (like the angels)

To give alot, to give with honor, to give without expecting anything back (like the Wise Men)

Or at least to show up dirty and make room for the King (like the barn animals)

So that we are prepared to celebrate Christ Birth and prepare for His final coming in glory.....

August 5, 2018, 8:00 AM

I was not born United Methodist...

I was not born a United Methodist. I was baptized in the Presbyterian Church by a female minister, and I carry her name as my middle name, Ann. My father was born and bred in the Catholic faith. My mother was a Scotch Irish Protestant. I remember visiting lots of churches, I even embarrassed my parents when we were walking into one church by asking what kind this one was. When I was approaching what would be my first communion in the Catholic Church, my parents were discerning between raising us kids in the Catholic faith or joining the Methodists. My father studied all he could gather about the history of United Methodist, he had pastoral mentors in the large church that answered question after question, and my mother well she prayed. One day when we were at worship in the Methodist Church at the end of the service my Father stood up convicted (all I remember was it seemed bright that day brighter than I can ever remember it being inside a church) and started to walk to the front of the church, my mother turned and grabbed both us kids and followed suit.

So what??? So why does this matter.... I was not born Methodist. The method that guided John Wesley (he did not intend to create a separate church from his origin) guided my family and brought two different views into one concept of service and worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It united two faiths into one family. I was not born United Methodist,but it united my family and in years to come provided a place for my gifts to be of service uniting my love of Jesus and desire to spread the gospel news of his great love. So what??? So why does this matter.... What moved my father that day to leave what he knew and to for a time be disowned by his Catholic family.... What moved my mother to grab her children and head to the alter and to later bear the burdens of service and hurt and pain of two pastors in the family.... The light, The HOLY SPIRIT, the advocate, the wind, the fire ..... I was not born a United Methodist. So what??? So why does this matter.... The Method we follow matters, it’s part of what unites us and the Holy Spirit’s movement (if we continue to seek it, search for it, remain in worship and prayer) will guide us to once again be United Methodist... that is what united me to the Methodist and I believe that is what can United the Methodists.

Come Spirit Come...

June 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

Women of the Cloth

Sharing this in honor of those that have come before me, shoulder to shoulder with those that serve with me, and most importantly in defense of those that come after me ... 

1. Mean words said in a nice tone are still mean. 
2. Regardless of your respect for the person you should still respect the position of pastor. 
3. When you are chewing out the pastor, talking bad to her/and about her people are watching and listening. It is these actions that are the foundation of the bad reputation that is being built within the church and community. IT is not the pastor or the church itself that is creating this dynamic.
4. Gossip is also a sin so watch where you are pointing fingers. 
5. Don’t expect a female pastor to cook and clean and other random jobs if you would not ask a male to do it also. 
6. Don’t assume that because she is a female that her job is second and cutting her pay or just not paying her won’t effect her family’s livelihood. 
7. Verbal and written threats are still abuse. 
8. Treat the clergy family with the grace you would like given to your family. 
9. Ordained Ministers are called to word, sacrament, service, and order deciding her Biblical stand on her gender is sexist. 
10. Compliment her sermon not her hair, cloths or other items. 

We are all called and gifted to lift up and build up the church (Body of Christ); abuse, criticism, neglect all are ways to trifle away time and do not build up the kingdom of GOd.

January 24, 2017, 2:10 PM

Our Words for God's Glory

Mark 8:27-30 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Last weekend I got the privilege of attending Resurrection with the youth from Panther Springs on Friday and part of Saturday. Each Resurrection weekend has memories and hopefully something we take with us that help us to continue our walk with Christ. Our devotion Friday night was about WORDS how we can use them for good or evil. We each read a verse from the Bible about our words, an example was Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

The main scripture from the Resurrection speaker that night was the Mark text listed above. And so we pondered, prayed, and came to the Holy Communion table seeking the Messiah and asking him to guide our words; our words we speak, our words we write, our words we text, tweet, facebook, asking God to use our words to proclaim the goodness of God and our love for our Messiah, Jesus.

May we all ponder our words and may they be used for God’s glory in all things so that we would not offer suggestions like the other disciples but be able to answer like Peter “You are the Messiah”.

God Bless,

Pastor Kristen

January 18, 2017, 6:57 AM

All are welcome. All are worthy.

This week we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I was reminded of an experience I had in August of 2015. I had the honor of being a part of an Immersion class with my Doctoral Program at Wesley Theological Seminary. We lived in Birmingham, AL and toured the state studying the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leaders, and the formation of the civil rights movement. I worked with Dr. Anthony Hunt and about a dozen other class mates. I was humbled to get to be part of this learning experience and was the youngest in the group and only Caucasian person. 

During this trip we went to the church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served and preached. The group was having a good day and we were all taking pictures and having conversations. Some could not wait to stand behind the pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood and preached, with a large part of the group consisting of preachers it was a great honor. Someone would step up and a friend would take the picture and so on and so forth. I stood at the side of the church looking at the stain glass. As we began to wrap things up we took a group photo in front of the pulpit. 

Dr. Hunt reminded us we had another place we needed to go to visit and to finish up what we were doing and head out. And then he looked at me and he asked, “Kristen, have you taken your picture behind the pulpit? Here give me your phone and I’ll take it for you.” I hesitated and dropped my head, I told him I was not worthy to stand there. His answer to me was, “O yes you are. That is what part of this was all about, that all are welcome, all are worthy and I believe Dr. King would say you are worthy. And your children, they need to know you have been here and what you have seen.” And so I looked up and approached the pulpit and stood, stood where so many had gone before me so that others might be able to come after them. May we appreciate those that have gone before us and prepare for those that are yet to come for the glory of God’s kingdom. 

Galatians 3:28 (NIV): “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” 

God Bless, 

Pastor Kristen

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