Posts by Angie French

reLENT

While the season of Lent is not specifically in the Bible, there are plenty of reasons for Christians to embrace this practice that has been handed to us as a gift from the historic Church.  First, the Old Testament set out a number of annual feasts and festivals to remember and celebrate what God had…

Adoration

We are always fighting the clock it seems; never finding enough time to do it all. Many days, we can find it difficult to devote time to our relationships with God, and then we feel convicted that we are not giving priority to God, or anxious because he doesn’t feel near.  If this sounds at…

Advent Reflections: Joy

Finding God in Unexpected places – like in our faith! Christianity can’t be about WHAT we know; it must be about WHO we know. It’s the difference between Circumstantial Faith and Foundational Faith. What is you definition of Faith? Is it Biblical or imagined? Faith isn’t a Force (like Star Wars). Faith isn’t Karma. Faith isn’t…

Advent Reflections: Love

As week two of Advent winds down, consider these thoughts from Pastor Dave. Our disappointments don’t define us…God does. How do we find God in Unexpected place—even in our disappointments? Many Christians have Circumstantial Faith; Our beliefs about God and our faith in God are impacted by what we see, by what we experience, by…

Advent Reflections: Finding God in Unexpected Places—Hope For Misfits!

We encounter Jesus in unexpected places and people; Don’t let our bias in our hearts blind us to this truth. Matthew 1:1-6 (Jesus’ Genealogy) has several misfits included: prostitutes, adulterers, murderers, evil and corrupt leaders of state, along with very righteous people. What is the genealogy in Matthew teaching us? We’re all broken people –…

Hand to Plow

We had an article in the newsletter last month about some important work we will be undergoing together as a church starting this fall and you can read more about it in the Hand to Plow section of our website.  Part of the Hand to Plow process brings us together with other United Methodist Churches…

Congregational Meeting

As a part of our series, Together Strong, you will hear a lot about the importance of the support of everyone here at Bergen UMC for the ministry God has given us.  In one way or another we all realize the spiritual benefits of our church.  Worship, prayer, bible study, children/youth ministry, and fellowship, are…

Inside Out

Following Jesus – Together – Sharing Him with Others is the mission statement of our church.  Which is our way of saying, this is how we will live Jesus’ mission for His church, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of…