Posts by Pastor Teresita

5 Top Values to Live By

Posted By on May 1, 2017

Friends in the Faith, Last month the church’s leadership had a holy conversation.  A holy conversation is a candid, open, and guided conversation about a difficult or important topic with the intention of listening and diving deeper every time we have it.  We started the process of devising a mission and vision for our ministry, by considering the things we value at Totowa UMC.  After sharing many thoughts, we have narrowed our values...

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Turning to God

Posted By on Mar 1, 2017

“‘Even now’, declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning’.”  -Joel 2:12 (NIV) March 1 marks the start of the Lenten season.  Forty days Jesus spent in the desert; praying, meditating, reflecting, fasting, weeping, mourning, and preparing for what would be the most dramatic final three years of his life. As we are preparing self-guided meditation and prayer stations inspired by the...

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There’s red, pink, and white hearts everywhere reminding us is time to celebrate love and friendships.  I must admit it can be too much.  So much, it may give us the feeling we get when we eat too much chocolate.  The message of loving kindness can be so overshadowed by overstimulation, that we become numb to its impact. These days if you walk by my office door you will notice a bumper sticker that reads “ <3 is my religion.”  It...

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Happy New Year 2017

Posted By on Jan 1, 2017

“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”  -Proverbs 3:9-10 (NRSV) Happy New Year!  What beautiful counsel and promise to start the New Year with a solid step!  New beginnings inspire us to imagine better versions of ourselves:  physically, emotionally, and most especially, spiritually.  I invite you to look...

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