Often many of us think and/or act as if the place where we find God is the Sanctuary.Read More
What does Communion mean to you? What does it mean to us at UCH and in the United Church of Christ? I invite you to give that some thought before you dip your bread in the cup on Sunday and are blessed by that holy act.Read More
My dad was a Farmer. That is, during the 1920’s he was a Hayward High School “Farmer” (Actually a tool and die maker for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 47 years). Founded in 1892, Hayward High is one of the oldest high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.Read More
Sandy and I were surprised with the closing of Dicky’s BBQ and Applebee’s in Fremont’s Pacific Commons shopping complex this past week. These closures join Toy’s R Us, Orchard Supply and New Park’s Sears store as recent victims of the evolving retail scene in our region.Read More
One of the lessons that I have learned over past months is that It’s more difficult
dealing with the unknown than it it is to face reality and to realize all of the many the options that may
be ahead for us.Read More
I enjoy games, but it is real life and my awareness that the Lord is taking me on a journey toward greater successes than I’ll ever have with games, that brings me joy. I’d rather be caught up in that joy than in any other kind of success.Read More
Pharaoh certainly had a lot going for him financially with the enslaved Israelites doing Egypt’s manual labor – that is– until Moses, a man who stuttered, came to him saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go.’” (Exodus 5:1)Read More
Unhappily McIvor’s Hardware was permanently shuttered earlier this month after 96 years of business in what’s now the Mission San Jose District of Fremont. Burton McIvor originally served the needs of the rural township with providing blacksmithing and horseshoeing services before expanding into hardware and agricultural products. Until this month, four generations of the McIvor family have adapted to the needs of its customers and flourished in our evolving community since 1922. Our Mission San Jose neighborhood is going to desperately miss McIvor’s, not just for the convenience but for the sincere welcoming greetings and the truly personal service.
I warmly recall evening walks through campgrounds and RV parks on family vacations in our families earlier years and without hesitation, saying hello to fellow campers or receiving greetings initiated by them. There was always a positive reply and perhaps a conversation with a brief new friend. Sandy and my current daily outdoor recreation is often limited to walking the shore of Lake Elizabeth in Fremont’s Central Park where acknowledging a widely diverse group of fellow strollers with a nod or hello is still a warm and comforting experience. Sandy is better at this than I am and she frequently is engaging in conversations in the aisles of Raley’s or where ever we are.
In todays world of popular electronic devices many people seem to be less inclined to look up from the screens and offer a greeting or even make eye contact. It’s not helpful that nightly news stories, divisive leadership, and promotions for security systems warn us to keep our guard up and be suspicious of the intentions of others.
It was very encouraging to watch the millions of young people from across the nation this past weekend marching with a unifying cause and giving hope that fear and suspicion will ultimately be replaced by love and compassion. Greetings! -Bill