from jeannie's desk

Pastor's Blog

Click below to read weekly messages from Rev. Jeannie Himes, senior minister of St. Stephen's United Methodist church. 

  • biggest challenge yet

    December 3, 2020 - As I write this it is "Giving Tuesday." Like you, my email box filled up with requests from great organizations that I have supported or connected with in the past. Organizations that work for justice, for feeding the hungry, for caring for the environment, and more. I looked through the many wonderful groups, doing great things for the world, and gave to several of them.

  • a still standing year

    November 19, 2020 - Thanksgiving. How do we give thanks, when things we counted on are lying like broken fallen branches that are still scattered at our feet?


    Some years Thanksgiving seems to be a celebration of abundance. Other years it's a deep breath and thanks that we're just still standing.


  • "The creativity of Confusion"

    November 12, 2020 - Sister Joan Chittister, in her book Between the Dark and the Daylight, has a chapter on "The Creativity of Confusion." It feels like we are in a time of confusion and unsettlement, on multiple fronts. So I turned to Joan, and here are some things she says: