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A Word from Pastor Clay - Love Your Enemies “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” These are some of the most powerful words ever spoken. When Jesus shared these words with his followers, he set the bar pretty high for us. They are extremely difficult, but if we can try to practice them, then we take steps towards showing the Kingdom of God on earth.… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Holy Nudge Do you ever have one of those holy nudges? Do you have those nudges in your heart that make you think, “I should do ____” or “I think God needs me to ____.”? I have those nudges sometimes. I also have a confession. Sometimes I get those nudges from the Holy Spirit and I get excited about doing… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - When We See Evil, Look for God Some evil is so bad, so atrocious, it catches us off guard and stops us in our tracks. Some types of evil, such as ransomware, shut down our internet, computers, and files, and literally stop us in our digital tracks. On Sunday, our church suffered from a ransomware attack. It shut down our… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - UMC Separation Proposal As many of you have heard, a new protocol to an agreement on separation for The United Methodist Church has been proposed. I addressed it briefly Sunday and I’ll address it briefly here. As I read the proposal, I breathed a sigh of relief because it feels like a step forward in a situation that has seemed… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Sitting with the Gift of Faith In worship on Sunday, we unwrapped the gift of faith. The gift of faith paves the way for us to experience the ultimate gift of Christ. We explored Mary’s gift of faith, recognizing that while she was living in a dark world, her gift of faith allowed her to take steps forward and to… Read More
A Word From Pastor Clay - Overwhelmed? How often do you feel overwhelmed? Know anyone else who is overwhelmed? Whether it is with work, school, family, finances, or health, life can seem to pile up and make us feel overwhelmed. At the start of this week, my calendar and my to-do list felt pretty overwhelming. They didn’t seem to line up and it felt as though… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Legacy Why do you believe what you believe? Who taught you to love like Jesus? My guess is that each one of us can point to a person, a group of people, and a church community (if not several!) that have shaped us into the people we are today. This Sunday, we will honor the saints that have gone before… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Listening Tour Summary and Top Priorities At the end of the Listening Tour, my head and heart were full of the hopes and dreams this congregation has shared with me. As I’ve spent even more time at VRUMC, I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a great congregation. If you haven’t had a chance, I invite you… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Light Years Away 1.5 Miles = 10 Light Years For the past four school years, I’ve volunteered on a weekly basis at Hedrick Elementary. To be honest with you, if I were a teacher, I would not teach elementary school. It would be my last choice of all the schools. God bless elementary school teachers, but I just know that… Read More
A Word from Pastor Clay - Recommendations I hope to not read a review for a mattress or a washing machine for a long time! Within the past year, we’ve had to purchase both. When I make a purchase for something with a larger price tag or something that will last a while, I read a significant amount of reviews. That being said, I’m pretty happy… Read More