Promenade Day

TODAY IS PROMENADE DAY AT THE CHURCH ‘O THE PINES, as the church moat (also known as the Father of Waters) is shedding its ice and the migratory waterfowl are returning or passing through. Beauties like the Hooded Merganser pictured here gather in two’s and four’s and seven’s and float downstream on the strong spring current past the church grounds,

A Bundle of Contradictions

CHURCH O THE PINES: CHURCH BULLETIN AND A SERMON… Today the Church O’ The Pines is a bundle of contradictions. Spring is here! But although it felt like it earlier in the week, it does not today. The river is open!

Unearthed Old Church Bulletin

AS WE CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING PUBLICATION OF A CHURCH O’ THE PINES BOOK, AND AS I DO THE PLEASANT WORK OF UNEARTHING OLD CHURCH BULLETINS, I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE FUN TO SHARE A FEW.

Bonsai of the Day: Mame

BONSAI OF THE DAY: Bonsais symbolize peace, harmony, and balance, the tenacious fight of a tree against the elements, thus creating a miniature replica of all we admire in nature.

Church O’ the Pines: Publication!

CHURCH O’ THE PINES: PUBLICATION! Great news, congregation, and friends of the Church O The Pines. Thanks to your wonderful response, we ARE going ahead with the publication of a Church O’ The Pines book!

Deep Woods Wild Waters: An Excerpt

ON THIS MORNING I AM THINKING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES WE FACE, the many challenges we have faced in the past. I am thinking about our families and our ancestors and our country, and all we have been through.

A Grateful Story

I am feeling grateful this morning. A Facebook friend, Douglas Mayo, included this clip in his comment on my earlier post, featuring the lyrics to Boone and Erickson’s “Good Morning” song.

Bonsai Corner at the Church O’ the Pines

FROM BONSAI CORNER at the Church O’ The Pines, where out the window the jaybirds and Sparky the Cardinal and the eagles are all hollering, and little Simon the Cat strolls the deck, and where the first open water lead has appeared across the river, and the geese are gabbling and gossiping… Good morning! Good morning! It’s grand to be