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…

This Holiday Season…

The holiday season is kind of a mixed bag for pastors.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to create meaningful worship experiences and offer reflections on our timeless story of the Christ-Child that was born that first Christmas.  Before the kids came along it was easier to justify such narrow minded focus on…