Life

Maybe we should try to think like Jesus | Church Corner

Driving to work a few mornings ago, I pulled up behind a car at SR 410 and Mundy Loss Road. The car had a sticker in the window that said, “Don’t believe everything you think.” I laughed and rolled my eyes and acknowledged, “Isn’t that the truth!”

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Keeping faith above politics | Church Corner

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the political season to be over. One of the things I dislike the most about election season is how politicians feed off the anxieties and fears of the country.

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Parenting is a humbling thing | Church Corner

Being a parent is humbling. I remember when my wife Keonna was pregnant with our first son King. I couldn’t wait to be a dad.

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Let us love others, see their value | Church Corner

I have lived on the Plateau for almost one year now. After moving from Minnesota last Oct. 28 to become the area director at Rainier Hills Young Life, we have begun to settle in and everything around us has become more like home with each day.

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Goal is to be the best we can be | Church Corner

Have you ever met someone and you discovered they were nothing like what you thought they would be?

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Tax forms and assistance available at Pierce County Libraries

Pre-printed 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ income tax forms and instructions are now available at Pierce County Library System locations. Due to federal budget constraints, pre-printed forms and instructions are limited in number and provided while supplies last.

  • Feb 1st, 2017

Free workshop lays out solutions for Social Security | Pierce County

It’s no secret that tax revenue for Social Security is outpaced by payments made to beneficiaries. In less than 20 years, Social Security will only be able to pay out about 75% of promised benefits. What can be done to keep the program healthy for current and future recipients?

  • Jan 23rd, 2017

Workshop shows how to live life fully with diabetes | Pierce County

With the start of the New Year, it’s a good time to kick off paying closer attention to our physical health. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes and 25% of them don’t know it.

  • Jan 4th, 2017

Sumner’s priorities for Olympia | Sumner Mayor Update

How much can what happens in Olympia affect Sumner? Quite a lot, actually.

  • Jan 4th, 2017

Avoid temptation, don’t jump to the end of the Christmas story

If Christ had arrived with trumpets and lain in a cradle of gold, his birth would’ve been an affair

  • Dec 23rd, 2016

Kids Christmas presents are a surprise for dad too

80 percent of dads don’t know what their kids are getting for Christmas until the children open them

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Giving thanks for Sumner | Sumner Mayor Update

As the turkey is roasting, and I gather with family and friends, I want to pause and take a moment to share gratitude for things we enjoy here in Sumner.

  • Nov 23rd, 2016

Parades, tree lightings kick off holiday season

Holiday events in Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake and Sumner.

You can’t see it, but believe it | Sumner Mayor Update

Think about how much life would be different without the conveniences and infrastructure we use but don’t necessarily see.

  • Nov 16th, 2016

The blessings of America | Sumner Mayor Update

In a week that includes both elections and Veteran’s Day, it’s an appropriate time to be reminded of the freedoms we have in America. I got extra perspective of that last week.

  • Nov 10th, 2016

‘The Girl on the Train’: Good film and even better read

Rachel Watson watches Jess and Jason every morning and afternoon when she takes the train to and from London. She watches them when the train stops in front of their house. She thinks about how Jess is probably artistic or that Jason is some sort of doctor since he tends to be absent for days at a time. Even though she has never met Jess or Jason, it’s comforting to see them everyday. The smallest things can make a difference, especially when your life has fallen apart slowly, but surely.

Beyond Sumner’s ghosts | Sumner Mayor Update

Halloween derived from All Hallow’s Eve, the night before religious groups remembered loved ones who had gone before them. Whether or not you still celebrate the religious holidays, it’s a nice thought in the wake of Halloween’s candy rush to set aside time to think about those who have gone before us.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation still looking for votes for $25,000 grant

This week is the last week Enumclaw residents can help the Rainier…

God delivers a personal love letter | Church Corner

A well-known theologian, Paul Tillich, described God as "the Ground of our Being." It is God's desire to enter into our lives at the very core of our being. I have pondered over this description and what follows are some thoughts about God and God's actions in our lives.

  • Oct 16th, 2016

God delivers a personal love letter | Church Corner

A well-known theologian, Paul Tillich, described God as "the Ground of our Being." It is God's desire to enter into our lives at the very core of our being. I have pondered over this description and what follows are some thoughts about God and God's actions in our lives.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Life getting tangled? There’s one sure way to get trouble solved | Church Corner

I went on a fishing trip adventure recently with some guys…over to the Potholes in Eastern Washington. We had a great time…really an enjoyable time full of fun and good food and laughter.

  • Oct 9th, 2016

Life getting tangled? There’s one sure way to get trouble solved | Church Corner

I went on a fishing trip adventure recently with some guys...over to the Potholes in Eastern Washington. We had a great time...really an enjoyable time full of fun and good food and laughter.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

All welcome on a life changing trip | Church Corner

I have had the blessing to serve on short-term mission teams in a variety locations. Having served locally in my own community and as far away as Puerto Rico, I have found these trips to be life-changing experiences.

  • Oct 2nd, 2016

All welcome on a life changing trip | Church Corner

I have had the blessing to serve on short-term mission teams in a variety locations. Having served locally in my own community and as far away as Puerto Rico, I have found these trips to be life-changing experiences.

  • Sep 28th, 2016

We need a power greater than ourselves | Church Corner

I am confused. I have been watching all the brouhaha over the pledge of allegiance and loyalty, or disloyalty, to our country. I know there is much that needs to be fixed and there are things that people need to protest. That is our right and our responsibility.

  • Sep 26th, 2016

We need a power greater than ourselves | Church Corner

I am confused. I have been watching all the brouhaha over the pledge of allegiance and loyalty, or disloyalty, to our country. I know there is much that needs to be fixed and there are things that people need to protest. That is our right and our responsibility.

  • Sep 26th, 2016

Local pastors helping with spiritual care at hospital | Church Corner

St. Elizabeth Hospital is growing in so many wonderful and exciting ways I thought it might be good to share a few things about spiritual care at our hospital as well.

  • Sep 18th, 2016

Local pastors helping with spiritual care at hospital | Church Corner

St. Elizabeth Hospital is growing in so many wonderful and exciting ways I thought it might be good to share a few things about spiritual care at our hospital as well.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Change comes with openness, not conflict | Church Corner

Our world is becoming more and more divided with each passing year. Not only does it seem there are more divisions than in times past, it also seems that the distance across chasms is becoming more difficult to bridge.

  • Sep 11th, 2016

Change comes with openness, not conflict | Church Corner

Our world is becoming more and more divided with each passing year. Not only does it seem there are more divisions than in times past, it also seems that the distance across chasms is becoming more difficult to bridge.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

War never changes, but it certainly changes us | Point of Review

"I wrote this book not to dissuade us from war but to understand it. It is especially important that we, who wield such massive force across the globe, see within ourselves the seeds of our own obliteration. We must guard against the myth of war and the drug of war that can, together, rend us blind and callous as some of those we battle."

War never changes, but it certainly changes us | Point of Review

"I wrote this book not to dissuade us from war but to understand it. It is especially important that we, who wield such massive force across the globe, see within ourselves the seeds of our own obliteration. We must guard against the myth of war and the drug of war that can, together, rend us blind and callous as some of those we battle."

Give it time; view of God will come | Church Corner

It begins when you get a glimpse…

  • Aug 27th, 2016

Give it time; view of God will come | Church Corner

It begins when you get a glimpse... Maybe it's first-hand and unexpected. Suddenly and through no effort of your own, there it is staring you in the face; it's real, it's obvious and it's more significant than you would ever have guessed. It lodges somewhere within, producing a feeling that won't easily pass, and now... something will be thought of differently from here forward.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Susie Salmon had heard that when someone was about to be murdered, their last words were either "please" or "don't" or a combination of the two. Those were the only two words she could think of when her life was about to end by the hands of her neighbor, George.

  • Aug 24th, 2016

Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Susie Salmon had heard that when someone was about to be murdered, their last words were either "please" or "don't" or a combination of the two. Those were the only two words she could think of when her life was about to end by the hands of her neighbor, George.

Remember the Good Samaritan this presidential election | Church Corner

During an election year, people become more vocal about candidates, what they do or do not believe and whether they have the interests of all of us at the center of their policies and goals "for the future of America."

  • Aug 21st, 2016

Remember the Good Samaritan this presidential election | Church Corner

During an election year, people become more vocal about candidates, what they do or do not believe and whether they have the interests of all of us at the center of their policies and goals "for the future of America."

  • Aug 20th, 2016

We give because of what we’ve received | Church Corner

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV).

  • Aug 14th, 2016

We give because of what we’ve received | Church Corner

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NRSV).

  • Aug 11th, 2016

We’re born with flaws, but have a path to peace | Church Corner

The greatest thing about being a pastor is the people. Old and young, tall and short, artists and engineers, introverts and extroverts, outlaw bikers and RUBs (Rich Urban Bikers), jocks and geeks, chiseled and fluffy, alcoholics and shopaholics, cranky and chill, Seahawk fans and those in denial…it is the people and the uniqueness of each relationship that makes leading a Christian community like ours such an honor.

  • Aug 7th, 2016

We’re born with flaws, but have a path to peace | Church Corner

The greatest thing about being a pastor is the people. Old and young, tall and short, artists and engineers, introverts and extroverts, outlaw bikers and RUBs (Rich Urban Bikers), jocks and geeks, chiseled and fluffy, alcoholics and shopaholics, cranky and chill, Seahawk fans and those in denial...it is the people and the uniqueness of each relationship that makes leading a Christian community like ours such an honor.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

What exactly is cheese? | Ask Dr. Universe

What exactly is cheese? -Mark, 11

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

What exactly is cheese? | Ask Dr. Universe

Cheese is delicious. At least, that’s this cat’s professional opinion. For the more scientific answer, I visited the cheese makers here at Washington State University.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Share time with Jesus; it’s a life-changing relationship | Church Corner

When I read of the interactions Jesus has with people I am always floored by how simple yet profound they are. I was recently reading Luke 5:27-39 and was challenged by how Jesus so beautifully changes a man's life with two words.

  • Jul 24th, 2016

Share time with Jesus; it’s a life-changing relationship | Church Corner

When I read of the interactions Jesus has with people I am always floored by how simple yet profound they are. I was recently reading Luke 5:27-39 and was challenged by how Jesus so beautifully changes a man's life with two words

  • Jul 21st, 2016

The first step: let go, let God’s will be done | Church Corner

Recently, I have been captivated by an Old Testament story about the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Jul 17th, 2016

The first step: let go, let God’s will be done | Church Corner

Recently, I have been captivated by an Old Testament story about the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Jul 12th, 2016

Good news: God never leaves for vacation | Church Corner

Ahh…summertime! Hopefully most of us will experience a change of pace (slower) and perhaps a change of scenery (more time in the great outdoors) and maybe even a vacation! Time away, and time to play! All of us need time for refreshment, in order to recharge our batteries.

  • Jul 10th, 2016

ESPN’s 30 for 30 on O.J. Simpson is worth watching | Point of Review

The brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place seven days after my 5th birthday.

  • Jul 8th, 2016