RECLAIMING OUR IDENTITY IN THE SPACE BETWEEN

Dear PTCUMC family,We’re nearing the end of “The Space Between,” which is the series we’ve been working our way through for the last four weeks.  I hope it has been a helpful tool for you, particularly if you are new to scripture or have struggled like so many to grasp the overarching narrative that unfolds in the Bible.   You might …

3 WAYS TO LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE

3 Ways to Listen to God’s Voice I remember when there wasn’t a 24/7 news cycle. I’m that many years old. If you wanted to know what was going on, you would have to wait until 6:00 pm; or wait until the evening paper was delivered; or hope your neighbor was more informed than you were. Now we have more …

CELEBRATE COMMUNITY

PTCUMC Family, What a great Sunday we had last week as we continued exploring the grand narrative of scripture in “The Space Between” and welcomed a new family into our community at the 9:30 service! It’s always a thrill when an individual or a family is willing to stand up in front of the church and make a commitment about …

IS THIS “PLAN B” ?

What a great message from Pastor Matt to start off our new sermon series this past Sunday! (See the online version here if you missed it.) After the challenge to begin remembering our story as humans and as Christians, I found myself thinking about the parts of my story that were given and those that were taken. I am the son of …

THE SPACE BETWEEN

The Bible is a complicated book.  Too many people assume that they’re the only one who does not have the whole bible memorized.  In reality, we’re not born knowing how to read the Bible and it’s a heavy lift to try to understand a 2,000-3,000 year old writing on your own.  Even those of us who know a fair number …

FIND YOUR COMMUNITY

My “first dance” song at my wedding was “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. I love this verse in particular, “It’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving, I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together.” That’s exactly how I see life in a group being. Life can have its ups and downs and can be messy, …

FOR OUR NEIGHBORS | MIDWEST FOOD BANK

As I continue getting to know PTCUMC, I have enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee or a meal with individuals and couples alike.  It has been so fun to hear what excites you about PTCUMC and especially how you are living out your faith in our community and beyond.  Occasionally, I spend time with people who’s passion for their ministry …

SICK OF THE NOISE

The older I get, the less interested I am in noise. When I was younger, I filled every moment with something to hear: the television, the radio, a cassette tape or a CD. (I was obviously “younger” in the time before downloadable music.) Now I can add podcasts and TED talks on my phone. I can not only fill all …

NAVIGATING A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for kids, parents, and grandparents alike. However, it can also be a busy and hectic time. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a new school year, it’s not easy to prioritize academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, family time, and faith. There are only so many hours in the day. Finding …

DEEP ROOTS

One of the most powerful things we can do within the Body of Christ is to share the stories of what God is doing in our lives. Whether we’ve been in church for most of our lives or recently connected with Christ, it can be difficult to see an important truth that is right in front of us – God is …