Pastor’s Comments



Dear Friends of Celebration,

Here we go again with a new year full of possibilities and opportunities. As individuals and as a Celebration Church family we will all be afforded a fresh start to try some things differently—to choose another way to live our lives. How good of God to be with us in the here and now accompanying us day by day as we review our circumstances and make some choices for change believing that with GOD – ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. I am encouraged to know that I’m not a victim of my history of circumstances. We have options and choices if we are willing to be brave and creative in trying new ways of practicing our faith, handling our finances, communicating with our family, serving our church and community, deepening our trust and relationship with God.

Last year I had a privilege of renewing ties with a colleague in ministry who was leading workshops at a Conference I attended at Montreat. The Rev. Beth Templeton is an ordained PCUSA Minister and noted author from Greenville, SC. I want to share her information about her latest book release along with an excerpt that is so fitting for us as we begin a new year.

One of my favorite chapters/letters of wisdom, (34), in Uncharted Journey addresses God’s presence with us here and now. I have found it to be very meaningful and I hope you will as well. …And if you like it, order the book and support a Presbyterian author (who is also a friend of mine!)

(34) “My name is I Am.” He paused. I waited. He continued.  / –When you live in the past , with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I Was.  /  –When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I Will Be. /  –When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is I Am.” —Helen Mallicoat—

Dear One,
What will you do today?  Not tomorrow? I don’t want to know what you did yesterday. I want to know       about today.
What do you feel today?  What do you dream today?
What do you hope today?  What do you yearn for today?
What do you regret today?  What will you learn today?
What are you grateful for today?  What are you learning about yourself today?
What are you learning about the world beyond what you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell
What causes you to smile?
Today, my precious one. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow.
Today. Live in this moment. You will never have another one like it…ever.
With Love,   Your Secret Admirer

Pastor Tom



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  • 1 John 4:11-12
    “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”