First Presbyterian Church’s Handbell Choir, directed by Cathy Ferrand Bullock, has become extremely popular in Cache Valley and has a reputation for excellence in a variety of music– religious, patriotic, classical, or show tunes. More than twenty ringers comprise the interfaith group, enjoying the challenging teamwork of playing five octaves of bells and chimes. Anyone is welcome to join when vacancies occur. The bell choir plays several times a year during worship services at the Church, as well as for Christmas programs at the Logan Tabernacle, and for other organizations.
Blessed are the Neighborly
Have you done enough shoveling yet? I love the winter, and I love fresh snowfall, but I’ve done enough shoveling at home and church to last me quite a while. I’m sure you might be feeling the same.
While it’s been excessive of late, perhaps because I spent a good portion of life in Colorado where there is plenty of snowfall, I’ve always enjoyed shoveling snow. To some of you, yes, that might be a weird thing to enjoy. Others might understand the satisfaction of a clean drive and sidewalk, in addition to helping out neighbors with their shoveling. Sometimes I run my snowblower 6 or 7 houses down the street clearing sidewalks for neighbors, or drive over to someone else’s house to help them dig out from the recent storm. There’s something about being ‘neighborly’ that really seems important to me. On other mornings people on my street have run their snowblowers up and down the sidewalk in front of my house. It’s a beautiful exchange of kindness and courtesy.
Being neighborly seems to be in line with what Jesus teaches, don’t you think?
I was reminded recently about other ways to be neighborly. I’ve seen photos of one particular sign pop up on social media that says “No matter where you're from, we’re glad you’re here”—and the signs were written in English, Spanish, and Arabic. These signs have been popping up in many cities around the country; they were originally the idea of a Mennonite pastor whose church is located in a multicultural neighborhood.
I also ran across a similar sign recently, in a photo sent to me from a member of this congregation.
- I like this sign very much. In fact, if I had a sign like this I would display it in my front yard. I will also be the first to recognize that it might cause a bit of a stir in my neighborhood, but I think it is in line with God’s vision of peace and justice. That makes me wonder how we can each be the best kind of neighbors in our lives? There the old saying that good fences make good neighbors, but really that just creates isolation, and that’s not something we need any more of in this day and age. How dose show welcome and friendship and even love, when the easiest thing to do seems to be to put up fences? In what ways can we be better neighbors, as individuals and as a congregation? Let’s see where God is leading us, and what God is calling us to do. I’m sure there’s something in store for us that enables abundant blessing for all parties involved. May your days be filled with grace and peace and love, Pastor Derek