“Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all things; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – Paul in I Thessalonians 5: 16-18Read 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
Trusting Jesus during his public ministry seems fairly easy to the disciples as Jesus feeds the multitudes, cures the blind, heals the sick – things are going well. And then - Wham! One fine Friday their entire world turns upside down! Their perspective is thrown out of whack.Read More
Our five year old is getting really good doing mazes and puzzles. One of his favorites is “connecting the dots.” He starts with the first dot and then moves to the next and the next until a pattern emerges. The trick for him developmentally is to slow down and make good choices, but to keep moving to the next dot so he can see what is emerging and color the picture.Read More
Frank Leber was a shy and humble man. He and his wife Rosemarie were UCH members and regular attendees to worship services in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Frank had an unforgettable deep imposing baritone voice that I can still hear in my mind although he has been gone more than 10 yearsRead More
We all have work to do when it comes to believing that God is in us and in all that we do. Letting go of hurt, being lost, anger, the dark part of us, and choosing to allow ourselves to see the Light, to find joy, love, compassion, life, and God (No matter what name you may use for the Divine), is an ongoing work. What we need to learn is that all of these are choices.Read More
Have you noticed how it’s not the big things that trip us up, but the little things such as waiting in line or encountering other unwelcomed time-consuming events? The other day I hurriedly starting transferring a load of sweats and dark socks from the washer to the dryer only to discover – you guessed it – the clothes were speckled with remnants of tissues I had forgotten to remove from my pocket.Read More
As the Visioning Team met in Laurie’s dining room yesterday morning, I started thinking about how important tables are in our lives. I found myself really enjoying sitting around the table with Laurie, Jackie, Chris, and Roz, sipping coffee, and talking about worship and vision.Read More
Did you know that in the late 19th century for a few coins you could ride a trolley all the way from Oakland down East 14th Street (now Mission Blvd.) to rural Hayward? Or take a horse drawn railcar from the Patterson Ranch (now Ardenwood) to Centerville? Or take a train ride to Niles Canyon for a pleasant picnic along Alameda Creek and listen to the sounds of John Philip Souza’s band?Read More
I had known for a few weeks that I was going to speak on stewardship last Sunday. I prayed about it, I pondered what stewardship meant to me and what it might mean to others in the congregation.Read More