Celebrating the Ministry and Ordination of Lex Cade-White

“Chaplaincy is sitting with the most unfathomable and unimaginable times in other’s lives and holding all as sacred space, place and time.” The ordination of Lex Cade-White this afternoon was a spirit-filled service with calling of ancestors, mixing of the sands of her life, laying on of hands, reflective and joyous singing, and sharing of Communion. Reverend Cade-White will serve the church as Pastor of Hospice Ministries through her work as a hospice chaplain. The special service included the Conference Minister of the Southeast Conference of the UCC, Rev. June Boutwell, representing the ordaining body, and the Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Jane Anderson, of the UCC Wisconsin Conference performing the installation.2015-12-21 01.51.56

Advent….A Season of Hope

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We are filled with HOPE that God’s promises, made long ago, will continue to come true in our experience of the world.  The colors of our Advent candles, going from purple to dark blue, light blue, and rose, represent the sky at dawn and the hope of a new day.  The flickering flame of the candle reminds us that our hope is lived out in prayer and action as we journey toward Christmas … together – knowing that God journeys with us.

from Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy

photo by Ruth Harker



You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore

Matthew 4:18-22

“You have come down to the lakeshore

Seeking neither the wise nor the wealthy,

But only asking for me to follow.

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Kindly smiling, you’ve called out my name.

On the sand I have abandoned my small boat;

Now with you I will seek other seas.”

( Words by Cesareo Gabarain)

(Photo by Ruth Harker)


God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me.

Luke 12:4-7

“Let not your heart be troubled,” Christ’s tender word I hear,

And resting on God’s goodness, I lose my doubts and fears….

God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me.

 ( Words by Civillia Martin)             (Photo by Ruth Harker)

This Year’s Mission Trip

Youth Mission Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park

This year’s Mission Trip brought youth, adults, and families together to care for the environment. A total of 34 left Ebenezer to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  Working with park rangers, the group spent a week helping to “heal” burn scars and restore trails in the forest.   Commissioned during a church service before the trip, the group was challenged “to see the face of Christ in all they worked with, as they learned to be good stewards of the gift of God’s creation.” Thank you all for showing us ways to “touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently, nourish the life of the world in our care.”