Also Called

It was a bit unnerving to be called to ministry by that midnight spiritual revelation that caught me on my knees and very much by surprise. More surprising was to find my seminary classmates included many second-career people and mothers like me. In one class we read a book titled, “Also a Mother: Work and Family as Theological Dilemma.”1 I hated her title. I felt so guilty all the time about being in school, working toward a new career, putting my children in daycare, that I could not make sense of the, “also.” For me it was, “First, last, always.” After my ordination I finally understood the dilemma the author was wrestling with.

I stood before the Senior Adults lunch group to introduce myself for the first time in my new call. I told them about my faith, my education, my first career, my hopes for this new service with them. We then “opened the floor” to conversation and someone said, “Do you have any family you want to tell us about?”

For days, I felt the shockwave of having spent 5 minutes, at least, describing who I was and failing to mention my family, my kids! I had become in the career world, “also a mother.” Miller-McLemore’s challenge to us is an invitation to reshape the way we think of the gendered worth of work versus motherhood, but not both, and the absence of an option for men to embrace as fathers. This book nearly 30 years old; yet, the attacks today on women’s rights and the rights of transgender people and drag queens is rooted in the same ages old controversies of what makes a man and what defines a woman.

As our church begins a new church school ministry, we need younger and older adults, men and women and non-binary adults to step into the joy of being Mother/Father/Parent to our kids. Sunday is Hat Day. I invite you to put on a hat of being a faith parent to our children and youth. The kids need our commitment to them, not as an “also,” or afterthought. They need our First, Last, and Always—which is the promise of Christ for all of us.


I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the First and the Last,

the Beginning and the End. Rev 22: 13

1Author-Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Image: “Mother’s Love” by Fabio Trifoni is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Alpha & Omega” by Lawrence OP is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.


Back to School

New again
Can everything old really be new—again? Can old church patterns be re-woven into something relevant today?
I sure hope so! Because one thing never changes. The best way to follow Jesus is to do what the first 12 followers did. They got together and talked and experienced life with Jesus. We can’t provide Jesus but we can provide the time and space for the living word to be shared with each other, and
…where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them. Mt 18: 20
Starting September 10-Church School for All Ages!

The Session is excited to announce the beginning of a new season of Discipleship.

On Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., you are invited to come to church school. There will be two adult classes; a youth class; and classes for nursery; 3yo-Pre-K; K-2nd; and 3rd-5th graders.

Your Discipleship Committee consists of Adults: Ally Fetch, Youth: Clark Seipt, Kirsten Shields, Children: Sarah Sassak

For the children’s ministry
Please consider how you can support the children’s ministry: teaching or serving as a teacher’s aide, or behind the scenes in providing snacks or stocking the supplies, supporting the Sunday program as an overseer (in old language the Sunday School Superintendent). The goal is to have at least 24 teachers so that each team of 2 will serve 1 Sunday every four weeks. Over the course of the year this is 8 Sundays. You will have a training workshop to learn about the curriculum and the support you have and the monthly requirements. Attending the workshop does not commit you to volunteering. It is meant to be informative to help you discern if you can say

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!      Isaiah 6: 8

Backpack blessings for Back-to-School will be August 20. Watch for more to come from the youth and adult ministries as we move into the Fall Kickoff, September 10.