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. 

  • in the darkness

    December 1, 2022 - Poet and minister Jan Richardson endured a tremendous loss right at Advent several years ago. It continues to permeate everything she does. But it has not ended her ability to talk of hope, and peace, and light shining in the darkness.

  • not without pain

    November 17, 2022 - A Lutheran pastor, JoAnn Post, shares this story in the Christian Century, about her 5 year old niece:

    She refused to offer a memorized table grace. She insisted that she be allowed to pray extemporaneously for that specific meal...

  • greater spirit of diversity

    November 10, 2022 - Last week there were gatherings of United Methodist delegates all around the U.S. for electing new bishops. While bishops are elected for life, they reach mandatory retirement age and no long actively serve as bishops. So, there were 13 new bishops elected around the U.S.

  • blessed by them still

    November 3, 2022 - I write this on All Saint's Day, November 1. Commemorations honoring the deceased of the faith have been going on since the 4th century. Bells are rung in remembrance, in special church services. Celebrated in many cultures, the day for most all involves visiting the graves of ones ancestors, taking flowers (usually chrysanthemums) or food.