Plymouth Park UMC Staff Blog

December 18, 2017: Spend Time in the Company of Baby Jesus

It’s been a difficult year for many different reasons. We need to spend time in the company of baby Jesus to remind ourselves of the promise of the future. Read More »

December 4, 2017: All in the Family: Discovering Intergenerational Discipleship

Approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas often draws our attention to our families. We plan get-togethers, holiday parties, meals and trips to be with our people in celebration of our thankfulness and God’s work in our lives. In those moments that we have infants, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and children all gathered under one roof, it is undeniable how much we learn from one another and cherish that sacred time. Experiences are enriched by relationships and perspective. People offer insight and support through ... Read More »

December 4, 2017: When Facing the Holidays is Difficult, Someone is Here to Listen

Dear Friends, For some, the holidays can be especially difficult. There is so much pressure to be “merry and bright” but, for many possible reasons, sometimes we don’t feel merry or joyful at this time of year. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be especially hard because we are reminded of loved ones who are gone and happier times that are past. With that in mind, I want to share a word about parts of the church’s ministry that you may or may ... Read More »

November 20, 2017: For 2017, Several New Ways to Observe the Season of Advent

In Lent, we prepare for loss; we abstain to maintain focus on the sacrifice on our behalf. But in Advent, we prepare to receive; we celebrate to remind ourselves of what is on its way. Read More »

November 20, 2017: Psalm 23 Exercise May Make Us More Thankful on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day when we stop and think about all we are thankful for, but how seriously do we do that? Read More »

Take Each Other As We Are: November 2017

I think that Jesus is trying to suggest that we are to take each other as we are: no pretense, no illusions, no expectations of greater glory — like 2-year-olds in the pumpkin patch. Just accept each other and our inner child for the children we once were and yet long to be. Read More »

October 23, 2017: “In Mission Together”

Our Missions Committee invited Dariusz and Monika Zuber to visit Irving, and the visit allowed us to put faces with their names and get a better feel for who they are and how they do ministry in Poland. Read More »

October 9, 2017: Why the White ‘Robe’? It’s About Putting the Focus on God!

Historically, leaders in the church wore robes for two reasons: 1) to distinguish worship from ordinary life, as something important; and 2) to remove the individuality of the leader so that the congregant’s focus is on God alone. Read More »

October 9, 2017: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Devastation

As humans, we can only store so much sadness and gloom. We have to move on or we will end up stuck in a bad place. But that doesn’t really help those who are still living with their tragedy. Read More »

September 25, 2017: He Who Sits in the Heavens Laughs

So Fridays are my “Sabbath.” I play golf on Fridays with a group of friends that I’ve sort of accumulated over the years, one if which is “David.” David (pictured below) is a member of First UMC in Denton, sings in the choir there, has been with us in worship here several times, and is a polio survivor. He lives with constant residual pain from childhood polio. David is a retired retailer (30-plus years with J.C. Penney and 12 years with FedEx), ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?