Craig’s Corner 2019 August

MISSION: It’s Possible! We have a mission – to reach people for the love of Jesus Christ and to make new disciples for his Kingdom.  That mission is one we pursue out of love of God and love of our fellow human beings.  But have we always done a good job of it?  Have we remained focused?  Has that always been at the forefront of our minds?  Bishop Carcano has challenged all of our churches to make new disciples by engaging our community and she named the Bay District as the first to begin a pilot program to see how effective we could be at doing so.  It’s called Mission: It’s Possible. Back in February, pastors were asked to create a team of lay members who would be open and receptive to such a plan, people who would offer not only support, but new ideas … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner, 2019 June

Father’s Day is coming! It’s one of my favorite days of the year.  Not because of presents and cards and such (although those are always appreciated), but because I am reminded how blessed I am to be a father and what that means to me personally.  I know not everyone is as fortunate as I have been.  Not only do I have a wonderful daughter and stepdaughter (who has been like my very own most of her life), but I also still have my dad around with whom I have some very fond memories.   But I also love Father’s Day because I am reminded of our Heavenly Father.  Not that I imagine God as having a gender.  I think God can be both, either, or neither, and however you most identify with God is totally acceptable.  For me, I find it easy to identify with God … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 April

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” You are rich. So am I.  At least compared to most of the world.  It might not seem like it at times when you compare yourself to peers, people in the neighborhood, or others around you, but comparatively speaking you are.  We live in a … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 March

What are you giving up for Lent this year? You always know its Lent when McDonalds starts pushing HARD for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich.  And while I don’t do the “no meat on Fridays” thing, I do traditionally give something up for Lent.  I’ve given up red meat, soda, French fries – all sorts of different stuff.  This year I’m giving up gluten and sweets.  That last one in particular is hard.  Sweets.  Cassie knows what kind of a sweet tooth I have, and that means no cakes, no candy, no cookies, no ice cream, no pie until Easter.  Technically, you CAN splurge on Sunday since that is the day we celebrate Christ, but other than my birthday (which does fall on a Sunday), I’m going to try to go the whole time without anything sweet.  Yikes. I know as … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner for February 2019

What happens when we forget sacrificial love… I feel like it’s been raining weddings this year!  First, we had Chai and Callie and then Naomi and Stephen, and then by the time you read this my daughter will have had her wedding.  Plus, my youngest sister Nicole is getting married later this year!!!  I feel so blessed to bear witness to the love of God reflected in so many people.  As Cassie and I are approaching 17 years of marriage this year, this little ditty was funny because it has a grain of truth to it.  I found it on the Internet a number of years ago, but it’s still poignant and funny.  As the years pass by in our marriage some of it sounds a bit familiar.  But the overall lesson is what’s important; when we forget that love is meant to be … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2019 January

A new year coming… It’s hard to believe it’s only been five months, well six by the time you receive this. In some ways, I feel like I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you pretty well. But I also know I still have a lot to learn. Not only about you, but about our traditions, our history, and our journey of faith as we grow together. I’m looking forward to that journey and I hope you are as well. I have so much hope for our future. In my mind’s eye, I see us growing in number, going deeper in our faith together, honoring our past, while moving forward into the future. I decided to reprint the annual report (with a few minor revisions) that I submitted at our church conference because I know many of you weren’t able to make it, but it gives a good year-end summary of what … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2018 December

Waiting…waiting… My favorite time of year is here. Christmas time! … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner 2018 November

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner for October 2018

We Are All Dying…. … [Read more...]

Craig’s Corner for September 2018

Stepping on Toes “Ouch!” … [Read more...]