Friday, July 30, 2010

Union Presbyterian Welcomes a New Pastor!

The Reverend Holly Haines accepted the call extended to her by the church and will begin her role as pastor on 20 September 2010.

Rev. Haines will be ordained at First Presbyterian, Amarillo, Texas, on August 19. Installation of Rev. Haines is scheduled tentatively for September 26 at Union Presbyterian.

You can find her on Facebook at

Missions--School Supply Project

As the school year draws near, the Mission Committee asks you to support the less fortunate children of our community with donations of school supplies (or money to buy supplies). Please drop off your gifts in the marked box in Ferren Hall by August 19. Here are some items we need:
  • Crayola Crayons (box of 24)
  • Large boxes of Kleenex
  • Pink or green rubber erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Notebook paper (wide lined)
  • Spiral notebooks (wide lined)
  • Backpacks
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Plastic pencil boxes
  • Folders (2 pocket)
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • Rulers

Calling All Children! (aged 3-9)

Children's Choir begins again on September 1 at 5:00 p.m. Children aged 3-9 are welcome. Please contact Sheri Gifford for more information (754.2072).

Loaves & Fishes Update (June 2010)

Peggy Snyder reports that during June Loaves & Fishes served 75 families (260 individuals).

In these hard times, the need for our community's Loaves & Fishes is increasing, so please donate whatever you can. Particular needs are canned meals, sauces, green beans, 100% fruit juice, pancake mix, syrup, and canned meat (no tuna, please). Professionally processed meat—especially—hamburger is also welcome!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

When Someone Drives You Crazy . . .

Start behaving well, and you will feel better. This is what Jesus would want, and He is there in the rug store. Maybe he was embarrassed to tears, like when your kid has a tantrum in public, which pretty much captures the scene. I stared off at the log-pile of rugs. I was trembling, and you could have opened walnuts with my self-righteousness. But Jesus doesn't hold this against a person. His message is that we're all sort of nuts and suspicious and petty and full of crazy hungers, and it all feels awful a lot of the time, but even so -- one's behavior needs to be decent. So I would try.

Although Annie Lamott was dealing with "The Carpet Guy," her attempts to deal with her own righteous anger is a parable for anyone moved to wrath, especially during the stressful holiday season when it's so easy to be moved to wrath. Sometimes, she says, one has " a moral and spiritual obligation to clean up one's side of the street," regardless of who is right and who is wrong.

You can read her entire essay at (Temporary free access allowed to web site in return for watching an online ad).