Posts by Pastor Martha

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Fireside Chat

by Pastor Martha

We had our first Fireside Chat on Sunday evening and what a blessing it was.  Stories about what brought us to UMCM were shared; visions for the future were discussed.  S’mores were enjoyed and Chester enjoyed extra attention.  No need to worry about the “correct” category to attend.  Just come to the one that fits […]

Right Way to Pray

by Pastor Martha

Is there a right way to pray?  You probably think I am going to say No, for I have given sermons on this in the past.  But, YES, there is a right way–with an open and sincere heart and it should be to God!  I’m calling upon you all to pray with me for an […]

Gratitude Challenge

by Pastor Martha

A couple of weeks ago in Bible study we talked about gratitude and how important it is to take a few minutes to thank someone.  We also agreed that a hand written note means so much more than a quick “Thx” in a text.  Our talk then turned to a gratitude challenge.  There is a […]

How to Vote

by Pastor Martha

So here it is folks…what you have been waiting for I’m sure…where does Pastor Martha lie on the upcoming election.  So, I am going to tell you how to vote….But wait, you are thinking, doesn’t that go against church and state stuff; haven’t we been told that religion and politics don’t mix. Yes, you are […]

Throw Your Anxiety to God

by Pastor Martha

The Upper Room reading for today referenced 1 Peter 5:7 “Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you,” (Common English Bible).  How perfect for the start to fall. As kids go back to school and people get back into their routines we can become overwhelmed. After looking at my September calendar all I wanted […]

Small Groups

by Pastor Martha

So on Sunday I preached about the importance of being in a small group.  You might be wondering what constitutes a small group.  Check out what Chuck, from “Chuck Knows Church,” thinks about small groups:  https://www.chuckknowschurch.com/the-committee/small-groups Right now we have the Friendship Circle and My Fair Ladies which meet every other Monday, one in the […]

Reflections from a Kayak

by Pastor Martha

Although I was away on vacation from ministry, God did not take a vacation from me and gave me some insight into life from the seat of a kayak.  My mom has a kayak at our cottage on beautiful Cayuga Lake.  She has had it for many years but it wasn’t until two years ago that […]

Prayers Abound

by Pastor Martha

My heart is heavy this morning as I try to do all the mundane tasks that Monday morning brings knowing that there are many who are unable to perform their usually daily tasks.  Watching the news and hearing the reports of the lives lost to more senseless violence has me deeply saddened.  However, I also […]

Be Not Discouraged

by Pastor Martha

I went to bed Sunday night feeling down and beating myself up a bit.  I’ve been discouraged at the lowered attendance in worship over the last month and was disappointed at the lack of foot traffic at the Car Show.   As I laid awake in the night and churned everything over in my head I […]

Faith or Fear?

by Pastor Martha

We’ve been reading “Fearless” by Max Lucado for our Bible Study.  One thing I have come to realize is that I definitely tend toward fear as much as I preach that faith is the way to go.  I learned in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to be more aware of myself, so I am trying to […]