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. 

  • putting on masks

    October 28, 2021 - There's always been debate among deeply religious folks on what to do about Halloween. Some insist that faithful people must stay away, as it is a celebration of the devil. Generations ago, the church worked to transform the holiday to one of honoring the deceased and pairing the day with All Saints and All Souls days.

  • all will come again

    October 21, 2021 - Last week I took a day apart at a retreat center, which was a great place for focusing. Something that stood out for me was Reflection by Rainer Maria Rilke, and I share part of it with you here:

  • first american tradition

    October 14, 2021 - This week we have honored Indigenous People's Day. It is a good thing to teach our children that our history did not start with European monarchs sending people to find lands where others already lived.

  • loss of connection

    October 7, 2021 - For a second year now the yearly meeting of our Conference will happen with us sitting each at our own desks. As far back as I can remember, Annual Conference was like a family reunion. In my childhood, I remember being greeted with hugs too tight by my dad's colleagues and spouses. They were his best friends.