Obstacles to Change

The power of the subtle and systemic forces that exist in virtually all organizations can be easily underestimated.  That is why Kotter states: “The rule of thumb in a major change effort is: Never underestimate the magnitude of the forces that reinforce complacency and help to maintain the status quo.” –expressed by John P. Kotter…

Something to Ponder

“Pain is necessary, suffering is optional.” — spoken by Jennifer Grey

A Wise Observation

“When you don’t know who you are, chances are you don’t know what you want. When you don’t know what you want, there is no chance for you to get it.” –from Peace, From broken Pieces written by Iyania Vanzant

Two Mantras

Our mantra might be “If it is difficult and demanding, then maybe it is of the Spirit.” Another mantra might be “When the promise is clear and the cost vague, watch out, the evil one may be wooing you. But when the cost is clear and the promise is vague–yet there is something alluring, something…

Pastor’s Letter – July 2013 – Peripheral Vision

Dear Friends in Christ, I have been playing a game on my tablet called Marble Saga. The game consists of a series of colored marbles that go around a variety of mazes. The goal is to clear the marbles before the front marble falls into a hole. When the stream of marbles does reach the…

Pastor’s Letter – April 2013 – It Only Takes A Spark

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A new movie came out April 12 (“42”) about Jackie Robinson.  If you are not old, enough to remember the Brooklyn Dodgers or what it was like to live in the midst of segregation in the 1950s, you might want to go see it.  It might just inspire you….

Pastor’s Letter – February 2013 – Beloved Community

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The church was closed Sunday, February 10 due to a record-breaking snowstorm that hit Suffolk County and the area around Farmingville hard. As Newsday reported, according to the National Weather Service in Upton, “The blizzard unleashed up to 33 inches of snow as recorded in Medford, and wind gusts…

Pastor’s Letter- January 2013 – The Inaugural

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Inauguration Day felt like a day that God has wanted for all of its creation and creatures. It felt like a day that Jesus prayed for when he helped a Samaritan woman, healed a cripple, touched the eyes of the blind and allowed officials to nail him to the…

Pastor’s Letter – December 2012 – First Snow

Dear Friends, Usually the first snow is a welcome sight, not today. Nerves are frayed as we go into this holiday season. Many people are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and now a snowstorm. It sounds as if it may be a couple more weeks before everyone has electricity. It could take well…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy this little video on GodTube.com.  I wish all my friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving!  I thank God for you! The Thanksgiving Song – IgniterMedia.com from ignitermedia on GodTube.

Pastor’s Letter – September 2012 – Staying Connected

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  “Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the {person} who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers]…