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"When the Storms of Life are Raging" - Sermon from August 13, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “When the Storms of Life are Raging” Pastor Andrew Davis August 13, 2017 Matthew 14: 22-33
          One of the things about visiting the mountains throughout my life and now living in the mountains is that the wind can often come up out of nowhere and come up very strong in the late morning to afternoon.  I remember from my many years of fishing the Truckee area lakes how things would be relatively calm when my dad and I got there, only to see the wind start creating riffles on the lake, then by mid-afternoon, whitecaps.  It’s one of those moments I would not really want to be out there in a kayak, raft, or small aluminum boat like our old 12-foot SeaNymph we used to have.  In fact, I remember how windy it was when my dad and I first went up to Eagle Lake when I was almost 13.  Even though we went ahead and launched at Spaulding and got out onto the lake, it was like being on a rough sea.  And to compound the rough water, our old Evinrude outboard didn’t want to coop…

"Give Them Something to Eat" - Sermon for August 6, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Give them Something to Eat” Pastor Andrew Davis August 6, 2017 Matthew 14: 13-21
What a crazy last week this has been, although it's still quite eventful as we speak!!  As I reflect on the year 2017 to this point, it’s like we’ve gone from one extreme to another, from floods to fire.  However, I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this congregation for all of the ways that you have stepped up in love…from helping donate snacks and drinks for our fire crews that have been watching this neighborhood, to being willing to house people in the case of evacuation in which the voluntarily evacuation was lifted at 8am, and for helping create contingency plans in case of mandatory evacuation, and for your overall willingness to help in any way possible.  It's also a time of high anxiety, as this is a situation that I have never, ever had to face in my lifetime even though I've been through a hurricane and through a tornado warning back east.                Ea…

"That's ONE Small Seed" - Sermon for July 30, 2017

Note: This was originally intended to be the sermon for July 30, but because of the Minerva Fire in Quincy, we did a guided meditation in-lieu of the sermon.  We hope that you will still read the intended sermon and as always, let's talk more!!  

Community UMC, Quincy “That’s One Small Seed” July 30, 2017 Pastor Andrew Davis Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
I think by now, it’s probably safe to say that all of us who were involved with VBS are now fully rested and recovered, or at least I hope we are.  I was telling several of my friends and family that I forgot how much energy kids have…in fact, they have boundless energy, something I wish I had more of at times even though I still consider myself still on the young-ish side.  I think it was best said last week that many of us feel young again, but also feel old at the same time too.  But as we talked about a couple weeks ago, it was wonderful time of planting seeds, especially as we saw many children who are not associated with our church or …

"Where Will YOU Plant?" - Sermon, July 16, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Where Will YOU Plant?” July 16, 2017 Pastor Andrew Davis Isaiah 55: 10-13 Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
How many of you have a vegetable garden in your backyard?  How about a flower garden?  Since moving into my house last July, it was too late to plant a garden, so I made sure that I planted a garden this year.  Now considering that I’m not really a builder-type or even remotely skilled in that area, I did manage to put together a shabby garden bed, complete with mole/gopher-proof mesh bottom, and managed to get some deer netting around the outside.  So far, all my veggie plants which include  my tomato, eggplants, and green beans are growing and will hopefully produce next month, while my jalapeno pepper plant and cucumber plant have me scratching my head a little bit.  But when we decide to have a garden, we have to decide where we’re going to plant.  Ideally, we want a place where the garden will get adequate sunlight throughout the day.  Then when we do raised beds, we …