All posts by Linda McDoniel

January 7, 2018 Sermon, “A Glance Back”

Rev. Beth Titus preaching, “A Glance Back.”  This is the first sermon in the new worship series, “The Window of Opportunity.”

As Nardin Park prepares for our VCI (Vital Church Initiative) consultation weekend March 9-11, we will explore the view through the window as we celebrate and give thanks for the past, live in the present and claim the future for our church.  God is inviting us to do a new thing for the kingdom.

December 3, 2017 Sermon, “Bah Humbug! Making Change”

Rev. Melanie Lee Carey preaching, “Bah! Humbug! Making Change,” on the first Sunday of Advent.

During Advent this year, we will be on a journey that takes a look at how God blesses each and every one of us with the ability to be transformed.  The Charles Dickens’ classic,  A Christmas Carol, tells the story of a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge which turned him from his resentment, fear and isolation.  Each week in worship, we will explore parts of Scrooge’s journey on that transformative night.

November 5, 2017 Sermon, “Defined by Generosity”

Rev. Melanie Lee Carey preaching, “Defined by Generosity.”  

Personal Goals and Commitment: What defines your life? Is it wealth? Belongings? Faith?  Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.”  Or we focus on self-gratification.  But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way.


October 29, 2017 Sermon, “Cultivating Contentment”

Rev. Melanie Lee Carey preaching, “Cultivating Contentment,” as part of the Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity 2017 Gratitude Campaign series.

Contentment is Key: Do you have a tough time separating “wants” from “needs”? Do you sometimes feel consumed by the desire to have more? Do you ever look at your surroundings and feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things?  When is enough, enough?

Today in worship, we released these burdens, addressed our human tendency head-on, and learned how to consciously change our ways.  With God, we always have more than enough, and that is where our true and lasting contentment lies.