From the Pastor: August 15, 2019

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Pastor Tom Waitschies

You’re Invited to Project 183 Greetings, Preston Hollow! I can’t believe that I’ve been here a year. Wow, how time flies! I want to take a moment to tell you about our new “Project 183.” Research has found that although 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians, only about 20 percent attend church on a given Sunday. Preston Hollow’s newly remodeled building was not done only for us but was also done in a way that is focused on those to come. We have 183 seats available in our sanctuary to fill each Sunday for people to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. There is plenty of room for growth here. The focus each week should be … Read More

From the Pastor: February 21, 2019

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Fat Tuesday

This year, as we head toward the journey of Lent, we are trying something different. In the tradition of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, we are hosting a celebration here at the church. “Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of a season called “Carnival.” The Carnival season is characterized by merrymaking, feasting, and dancing. Mardi Gras is the culmination of festivities and features parades, and masquerades. Carnival is typically celebrated in Catholic countries of southern Europe and Latin America. The excess of Carnival may not seem to have much in common with the austerity of Lent, but the two seasons are inseparable. The day after Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday; therefore, the end of … Read More

From the Pastor: February 2019

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Friends, I wanted to make you aware of a couple of things coming up rather soon. February 23-26, 2019 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet in St. Louis, Missouri. The only topic on the agenda for consideration has to do with the church’s stance on homosexuality. The Way Forward Commission has spent 18 months discussing how the UMC can move forward on this issue. The commission has tendered to the Council of Bishops a plan titled the One Church Plan. This plan would allow congregations and conferences latitude on how they minister within their ministry context. There is also a Three branch plan, a Traditionalist Plan and a Simple Plan which may be considered. The future … Read More

Pray for Unity, Understanding and Love: August 21, 2017

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Day flees into the west. The lengthy shadows of afternoon have long since faded. The air carries the heat of late summer’s sun. Cicadas find their voice as the evening birds take flight into the blue heaven streaked with orange. Evening has come upon the good earth. One can now be alone with one’s thoughts-and with God. To this and to much more the ancient singer lifted song to announce: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” (Psalm 8) The beauty of this common evening stands in stark contrast to the noxious fumes of hate and division and brokenness that pollute the air of our society and of the world. Seventy-two years ago on … Read More