Pastor’s Blog – June 2021 – Jelly Belly’s and us

Years and years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Jelly Belly factory in California.  It was amazing to see how they were produced from start to finish.  At the end of the tour I was able to sample the many different flavors, some of which I’ve never seen in...

Pastor’s blog – November 2020 – Moving On

On November 3rd, people all over the country will cast their vote for the next president of the United States.  It’s a wonderful privilege that we have in this nation.  But with this privilege comes division, harsh language, and a variety of lawn art that cheers on a...

Pastor’s blog – October 2020 – Patience

I consider myself a patient person.  Most of the time, I think I’ve been fairly good on the “patience scale” when it comes to being a father, pastor, fisherman, and Washington football fan.  But one area where I’ve never had much patience is learning a musical...

Pastor’s blog – September 2020 – Diving in

I vividly remember the day it was time for me to learn how to swim.  It had been put off for so long, probably because of my fear and procrastination.  I was maybe in the second grade and many of my friends were already very comfortable in the water.   So there I...

Pastor’s blog – August 2020 – Narrative Lectionary

On September 13th we will begin something new at Salem.  A lectionary is a selection of Bible readings appointed for each Sunday. The Revised Common Lectionary, which we have been using for many years, is a three-year cycle of readings that provides four readings for...