From the River’s Edge – The Pastors’ Blog

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Welcome to “From the River’s Edge,” the official blog for the ministers on staff here at BCCUCC. Reverends Dale and Brendan will periodically share their thoughts on our church, faith, community, and larger world issues. At this point, we don’t have a “Comments” section up and running, but we may start that up at some point. In the meantime, they are both willing to talk and share in person with you about any of the points they raise. Feel free to email either of them at dale@bccucc.org or brendan@bccucc.org. Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.

 

Take Your Faith on Vacation!

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          July 1, 2018

I had a friend once (No, honest, I really did!) who, whenever she went on a trip, would always try to find an opportunity to serve other people. It didn’t matter if she was traveling for business or vacation. If she was out of town, she always looked for an opportunity to make a difference in the community she was visiting.

She said to me, “Everyone who travels always looks to see what they can take from the place they are visiting. […]

A Big THANK YOU!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          June 18, 2018

Dear Church,

I want to thank you all for how much you supported the mission/service trip this year.  In just one week a group of 11 of us from the church will be off to the Navajo Nation where we will be assisting in land restoration efforts with the Black Mesa Water Coalition.  We will join in cooperative efforts to plant vegetables, fruit trees; dig irrigation […]

Feeling Busy!?!

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          June 1, 2018

One afternoon, years ago, a church member walked into my office.

“How are you doing, Dale?”

“Busy,” was my tired response.

“That’s a good thing!” he answered with a big ol’ grin on his face. “Life is good when you’re busy!”

As much as I tried, I just couldn’t understand that grin. Bob (not his real name) liked being busy. In fact, he thrived on it. For him, the biggest curse he could face was to have […]

How do you “like” that?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          May 17, 2018

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”-Luke 12:7

Public Service Announcement: 

You are worth infinitely more than the amount of “likes” your picture/post receives on Instagram, or Facebook, or some other social media platform on a glorified calculator.  It might sound like common sense but I think we forget this sometimes.  A wise quote from children’s book author Roald Dahl that […]

Are you more committed to addressing problems, or holding onto your solutions?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          May 1, 2018.

We are solution people. Churches, by their nature, provide solutions. We have solutions for everything! “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to…anoint you with oil.” (James 5:13-14, MSG) We have no shortage of solutions!

The trouble is, we have lost touch with our problems.

A solution is only as relevant as it is successful at addressing a particular problem. […]