WHQR “Coastline” Discussion on Mental Health – Featuring Susan Lewis of the Community Counseling Center

On May 17th, WHQR featured a timely and needed discussion on Mental Health on their program “Coastline.”   Susan Lewis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Presbyterian minister practicing as a staff psychotherapist at the Community Counseling Center, was one of two featured guests participating in the discussion.  Topics raised during the discussion included mental health …

May Pastor’s Desk – Communion and the Covered Dish

Dear Friends, On the weekend of April 13th, I headed up to Wilson, NC for a conference on evangelism led by Dr. John Vest of Union Presbyterian Seminary.  The conference was held at First Presbyterian in Wilson, and it began with “Barbecue Church.”  Barbecue Church is something that is passionate calling for John Vest.  He …

We’re the Ukulele Church

(This is a re-post from 2012, but it still rings true!) Friends, I thought I would share with you these Monday morning thoughts that I have had.  Please take them for what they are: some ramblings of your Pastor!   Okay, here a conversation that i find myself having all too frequently: Neighbor:   So, what …

Squirrels and Silver Linings

Dear Friends, In his retirement, my uncle opened a wild bird store in New Bern, NC.  Birding and bird watching had long been hobbies of his, and opening a store to sell bird feeders, bird seed, and other accessories that he enjoyed was a great joy for him.  As with many people who enjoy watching …

Sanctuary: A Lament

I wrote this lament after Pulse. This morning, I feel all I have is lament. I’ve added to it… I hate that I will again.   Emile   Where shall we find sanctuary from the weapons of war, shelter from extremism and hate, and refuge from humanity’s inhumanity? Where shall we find sanctuary at school, in …