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. 

  • together, a step at a time

    March 4, 2021 - Tentativeness: the quality of not being certain or confident.

    This week as we "resurrect" our Sunday early worship service, so many things still feel uncertain. We all feel uncertain. Because we haven't been seeing many people, relationships feel uncertain. Social skills have become rusty, so we have personally lost confidence. When will we want to be among people again?

  • routine, rituals ground us

    February 25, 2021 - It is said that Flannery O'Connor, describing her daily routine as a writer, wrote that every morning she made her way to her desk, whether or not she knew what she was going to write about. She sat down in front of her typewriter every morning, in case an idea came to her.

  • ash wednesday

    February 18, 2021 - Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent. Traditionally Christians give something up for Lent. It once was proscribed by the Church - to give up meat all during Lent, and later on Fridays only. We Protestants are much more lenient. Everyone can decide for themselves what their private sacrifice might be.