“Let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.” Hebrews 10:24-25, Living Bible Friends in the Faith, In the narratives of the Hebrew Bible we see the ways in which God ordained the community to be organized and governed.  The books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus offer a vast array of rules, guidelines, and laws that would define life in community for the Hebrews.  Most of those rules were...

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What About Love…


Posted By on Jun 1, 2017

“But the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:13 Friends in the Faith, Last month I wrote about our church’s core values as we express them in service, worship, and mission.  One of our core values is LOVE.  In the short time I’ve been with you at Totowa I have seen glimpses God’s love amongst us. Just last Sunday, I was deeply touched by the sweetest moment when we gathered around Zelda, Carol Van Houten’s faithful furry companion,...

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On May 8, we received an email communication informing us that we were awarded a 2017 United Methodist Communication’s Website Development Grant. United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) is providing a one-time grant to provide free online training plus one year of the SILVER package web hosting and domain name purchase through UMCOM. Stay tuned to visit our new and improved website at www.totowaumc.org.  We estimate to launch the new...

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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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New Beginnings


Posted By on Apr 1, 2017

Friends in the Faith, I am looking forward to celebrating my first Holy Week with you, here at Totowa UMC.  This Lenten Season I committed to reenergizing the more contemplative side of my faith.  I acquired a sand labyrinth. Every morning, I have been using this tool, tracing with my finger the path of the labyrinth; while meditating on a word related to healing and creativity.  These were two areas I wanted to focus on. The sand...

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