Mike's Monday Message

Mike's Monday Message

Church Christmas WISH LIST for 2018

Santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice! I have made a Palmetto wish list, and I HOPE you will all read over my list and step up to make all my wishes come true . . . A good stewardship campaign that will fund our ministry for next year Cleaning out the church attic (Susan Lindstrom has taken this one on!) A nursery coordinator (this is a paid…

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

In Sunday’s sermon I tried to explain how difficult it is to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. I used a quote from the great Presbyterian preacher and author Fred Buechner, who said the kingdom is not so much a place as it is a condition. Then he said the kingdom is YOU . . . If we take that statement seriously, it causes us to shudder when we think of all the times…

Giving and Getting

Thanksgiving at Palmetto  is not complete unless we are taking turkeys and all the fixings to make  a thanksgiving dinner to our friends at the three small African American Methodist churches in Huger, SC. This friendship has been on-going for at least 8 years, and each year it seems like our congregation outdoes what we did the year before! A special thanks to Holly…

Thank You for Your Service

“Thank You for Your Service” was the theme of our November SECOND SUNDAY service yesterday.  It was a joy to recognize those in our congregation who have served our church, our community and the nation. It is also a good lesson in reminding us that individuals of ALL ages have gifts and talents and can SERVE! This coming Sunday is Stewardship Dedication Sunday and as…

Why I Give… inspired by PEOPLE Magazine

I confess that we get People magazine, and every week on the transitions page where they list births, weddings and deaths, there is a section where someone famous tells why they give to some worthwhile cause. I have yet to see a church listed, but that isn’t the point. It got me thinking about why I give to the church. As I said in a sermon last week, I don’t want anyone…

What Brings God Joy?

In my daily devotion today I read these words from Mother Teresa: “the best way to show your gratitude to God and people is too accept everything with joy.” I realize that I am losing my joy for ministry because we (the church) are doing so much all the time—this “busy-ness” has zapped my joy. As we move into the “season” of stewardship and as we draw near to Thanksgiving…

Transitions

If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed that the theme of our October sermons—“transitions”—is reflective of the times we are living in. Change is all around us, in our nation, in our community and in the church . . . the universal Church and our Church here in Mt Pleasant. At Palmetto, we have welcomed new families the last three weeks, and we have…

Dancing in Church

In high School, I won a dance contest . . . but when it comes to dancing, it has been downhill ever since. I have no rhythm! Being a pastor is like being a dance partner. Sometimes I dance too close in reaching out to those who are not here, and sometimes I dance not close enough and folks feel, no matter how often I reach out, I have ignored them. So, I realize the…

Missing in Action

I spend a lot of time going over the membership list and going over folks who are missing on Sunday mornings. Yes, I know there is some ministry group meeting every day here at Palmetto, and even though a family may have been away over the weekend, they were still “connected.” Still, what separates the church from other organizations and community groups is our worship.…

A Lesson from Hurricane Florence

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  John 3:8 My NIV footnote says, “The Holy Spirit is sovereign. The Spirit works as it pleases in the renewal of the human heart.” Since most people in North and South Carolina were focused on the “wind” last…

FAITH FORMATION (Christian Education)

The following article* has been circulated recently among Christian churches regarding faith formation. It highlights the important foundations needed to effectively make disciples. Virginia Callegary, one Christian educator in Maryland, shares what she would like members of the church to know about faith formation: We can’t do it alone (and we shouldn’t have to). Faith…

Being a Community Church

This morning some “early birds” from Palmetto gathered on our corner to provide donuts and coffee for the parents (and students) on their first day back at Carolina Park Elementary. We also took donuts and coffee to the teachers at the school and to the firemen at the Carolina Park Fire Station. At 8:00 we gathered in the sanctuary to offer a prayer for our students,…

OUR 2ND SECOND SUNDAY – BACK-2-SCHOOL

It’s going to be a fun day of Worship, Fellowship, and Faith Formation . . . and you’ll be going home by 12:30. So come and be filled by the Spirit and spend some time with your church family. We will have a casual worship service (no robes, no ties) with a short homily, “A Boy and His Lunch,” some uplifting music, a few surprises along the way, and we will come to The…

Small Groups . . . It’s a Secret

It may surprise you to know that we have ALWAYS had small groups at Palmetto from the very first summer when we were organizing . . . but . . . we have tried to keep it a secret. Well, there was that one summer when we had SEVEN small groups going at one time! (I guess someone let the cat out the bag.) In the past year there has been a Monday night group going strong, but…

Celebrations

Sometimes, when we talk about the church as being “family” we don’t realize the significance of that phrase “church family.” To me, it means as we journey together we experience life in its totality, with its celebratory moments, times of trials and sorrows—and times, as our church calendar describes it, when we have “ordinary time.” I have a friend who when she talks…

Recruited…Or…Led by the Spirit

Some folks are really good at sales . . . I am not. Therein lays the problem! Evangelism and growing a church is some part good salesmanship and some part Spirit led. Don’t ask me the percentage, I have no idea. Evangelism is about making disciples and bringing new folks into the community of faith. But the salesmanship does not end there. Church leaders have to…

Adaptive Change…. In the church…

Adaptive change means you know something new or different is needed, you need CHANGE—you just don’t know what that change is! At Palmetto we want everyone of all ages to be engaged in some form of Christian education, and yet we understand that many folks, especially our young families, desire to be at church for just one hour, or maybe 90 minutes at the most. The days…

Graduation

It is that time of the year when we honor our graduates and the focus is on  this major “milestone” in a person’s life … regardless of the graduation, be it from kindergarten, high school or college.  The good news is the graduate has finished one leg of the life journey and is ready to move on.   In my sermon yesterday, I said as Christians we…

Going Forward

Today, we begin the second decade of ministry at Palmetto. There will be many changes as our community grows, as culture changes and as technology becomes even more complex. How we, as a local church, deal with these changes will determine the impact of our ministry on our own members and the community outside our doors. So, this morning our Christian Education Team will…

It’s Here

This Sunday, May 20, is our big 10th Anniversary Celebration. Ten years of doing ministry together as Palmetto Presbyterian Church! Where did the time go? Just think—our first youth elders who are now 18 and have a mature faith were just 8-year-olds beginning to learn about church. With God’s grace and the prayers, commitment of time and finances, and the passion of so…

Spinning…Going Nowhere

I try to go to spin class at 02 Fitness 3 or 4 times a week (it is nice to see some Palmetto folks in my class). Granted, it is a challenging work-out, but at first two things bothered me about spinning. First, it is not competitive–you don’t WIN.  Second, as hard as we pedal, we don’t get anywhere. After going to this class for a long time now, I realize I DO win…

What Makes a Good Youth Program?

Last week I talked about nurturing faith through three steps: Planting the seed . . . Feeding the soil . . . Watching them grow . . . As we prepare for our church’s 10th anniversary and pull out pictures of our ministry, many of us adults who have been here a while look the same except for the color of our hair . . . or in some cases, the LACK of hair. But our youth and…