eNote - Beyond ‘Whataboutism’

Pastor Mark’s eNote – Beyond ‘Whataboutism’

          A week ago Nazi-sympathizers, white nationalists, KKK members, and other racist groups, many of them armed, rallied for a tiki-torch march through the heart of Charlottesville, followed by protests in the streets the following day.  I seriously doubt that anyone reading this column would align themselves with the groups I…

Lassie, Come Home

Pastor Mark’s eNote – Lassie, Come Home

  Yes, I ran this exact same column last year, and it was already old then, but instead of saying it a rerun, let’s call it a new tradition. Some of you younger readers might not remember all of the “congregants.”  Feel free to Google.         Summertime is always great.  You get a…

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Weekly Top Ten – August 9

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday in Worship Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  | Traditional Service @ 11:00am Hamilton Mill UMC is a place of worship and welcome, a place of prayer and praise, a place of growth and discovery.  This week as we continue to…

Weekly Top Ten – August 2

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday Blessing of the Backpacks THIS SUNDAY, Aug 6 in all services Join us for the 3rd annual “Blessing of the Backpacks!” We will pray a special blessing over students (and their backpacks), asking God to guide, protect, and nurture them this year. This is a Family Worship Sunday,…

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Weekly Top Ten – July 26

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. Merry Christmas! This Sunday, July 30th in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am No, we won’t sing “Silent Night” and light candles, but we WILL celebrate the “good news of great joy for all the people.”  Jesus is…

In the Bleak Midsummer - eNote

Pastor Mark’s eNote – In the Bleak Midsummer

  There is a beautiful Christmas hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”  This is my version for a week when the heat index is over 100. In the bleak midsummer, in muggy heat I groan, Dehydration, blinding storms, hail and kidney stones. Radar shows more clouds ahead, rain on rain on rain. Till the monsoons ease…

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Weekly Top Ten – July 19

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday, July 23rd in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am God is with us always – that is Good News! Join us on Sunday morning for Rev. Natalee Dukes Hamby’s first sermon here are HMUMC….

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Pastor Mark’s eNote – Normal

        Outside our office door right now, 420 kids are raising a ruckus. It’s a good ruckus, mind you, but a ruckus nonetheless, and a loud one (Is there such a thing as a quiet ruckus?). It’s Camp Winshape week here, and that means things are exciting and crazy and fun. It…

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Weekly Top Ten – July 5

This Week’s Top Ten! 1. This Sunday This Sunday, July 9th in Worship Services: Word & Table Service @ 8am  |  Modern Service @ 9:15am  |  Traditional Service @ 11:00am Join us on Sunday for worship, and Rev. Jason Mincey’s sermon to learn how getting a ‘no’ from God can turn out to be good…