Welcome to Pastor Cathy's blog on life and faith!

Pastor Cathy takes a brief writing break during July and August. Look for the next reflection after Labor Day!

Choose Freedom

In just a few days, most Americans will celebrate the birth of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  These celebrations will no doubt take many forms from backyard barbecues to vacations with family; a restful day off from...

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Holy Conferencing

I am away this week through Saturday attending the 218th Session of the New York Annual Conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island.  This yearly meeting of nearly 1,000 clergy and lay persons is hosted by our presiding bishop, Bishop Thomas J....

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Prayer Request

Last Saturday I received an email from Robert Walker, Assistant to Bishop Bickerton of the New York Annual Conference.  It was a request from Kathleen Loughlin, who the team and I met during our pilgrimage to England back in March.  Kathleen is a chaplain at a...

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Lord Bless This House

A few weeks ago, a friend asked me to offer a blessing for her new home. It's something I've done numerous times over the years and an exercise I enjoy as people celebrate a fresh new start. We typically begin in the entryway and invoke God's blessings upon all who...

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Baptism and Confirmation

I am excited to tell you about our special worship service this Sunday at 11 a.m.!  We will be baptizing 3 month old Ryan whose mom joined our church on March 12th and also confirming Amber, Justin, Abraham, Samaya, Jack, and Tunji - 3 of whom grew up in PAUMC and 3...

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Little Disturbances

It seems that Noby is often practicing the organ at odd times during the day as his schedule allows.  When he first started working at the church two years ago, I was distracted by this as I am one of those persons who need a fair amount of quiet in order to...

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