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. 

  • across religion lines

    January 27, 2021 - "I am a continuation like the rain is the continuation of the cloud" - Thich Nhat Hanh

    In honor of the great spiritual leader/thinker Thich Naht Hanh, who passed away this week, I am reading some of his thoughts.

  • a landing point

    January 20, 2022 - Are we there yet?

    It has been a long journey. We're on what feels like a never-ending trip, just as kids feel on long car trips. We want so much to get to the destination, but the travel goes on and on.

  • a step at a time

    January 6, 2022 - Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein, president of UM-related High Point University


    This is the first week of the new year. I'm still mulling over what to think about that. We have had such different kinds of hopes at this time in each of the past two years, and neither have been anything like we imagined.

  • slowing us down

    December 23, 2021 - This week brings us the shortest days of the year. The message about long days (the "long lazy days of summer!") is that you have plenty of time, so relax, read a book in a hammock, etc. But, somehow, we get the message that short days mean we must hurry -