"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 …

"I Will Trust (and rest) in the Lord" - Sermon, July 9, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “I Will Trust (and rest) in the Lord” July 9, 2017 Pastor Andrew Davis Romans 7: 15-25a Matthew 11: 16-19, 20-25
            Did you enjoy the extra day off this week?  How about the Four-day weekend if you got Monday off?  I do admit that it’s kind of an odd placement when the Fourth falls on a weekday, as Wednesday sure felt like Monday, even though I worked through the afternoon on Sunday and some of Monday before heading to Reno for a lunch meeting.  But having that extra day off and going up to Frenchman Lake very early for some morning fishing action was nice too, well before the water-skiers and jet-skis hit the lake, which can be fun too since fishing won’t really be good from the bank until later in the evening.  Plus there’s nothing like a fresh, lake-to-fork dinner as well!!  Although, somehow, I don’t think that we’ll be getting a five day weekend out of it next year, as the Fourth falls on a Wednesday.  Nonetheless, I always enjoy and appreciate the extra …

July 2017 Adventures (Pastor's Page from "The Quincy Quill")

This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on; Time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
Christ is alive, and goes before us, to show and share what love can do This is a day of new beginnings, our God is making all things new. (This is a Day of New Beginnings, The United Methodist Hymnal, pg. 383)
As I sit down to write this month’s Adventures, I am preparing to head to Burlingame for the 169th session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.  At the same time, I also find myself reflecting on this past year as your pastor.  While my appointment to Quincy will be fixed by Bishop Minerva G. CarcaƱo during the Annual Conference Session, I am excited to be continuing with my appointment here in Quincy.  I can’t say enough how thankful I am to be here in Quincy and am looking forward to this next year and the many possibilities, as it’s a day of new beginnings.  Oftentimes, the first year of ministry is more a…

"Creating a Place of Welcome" - Sermon, July 2, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy July 2, 2017 “Creating a Place of Welcome” Pastor Andrew Davis Romans 15: 1-13 Matthew 10: 40-42
            Up until 12-13 years ago, one of the highlights for me each summer was my family’s annual Fourth of July BBQ party in our backyard.  Now while many kids would eagerly anticipate Christmas morning, I absolutely loved the Fourth of July, since it was warm out, we could go swimming, fire up the grill, and watch the fireworks, both the safe and sane kind and the big fireworks from Cal Expo in the distance.  When we started hosting the party in the late 80’s/early 90’s, it started with mostly family, then evolved into friends of our family, our church family, and many others.  But like items in the grocery store that have a shelf life, the party began running its course and like seasons of life, people passed on or moved away, and the amount of work that went into hosting and preparing for the party would take its toll on us.  Nevertheless, reflecting on those years …

"Keep Going" - Sermon, June 18, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Keep On Going” June 18, 2017 Pastor Andrew Davis Matthew 9: 35-10:23
While it sometimes feels like a broken record and a little easier to be a ‘negative Ned OR Debbie Downer’ right now, it is hard to escape or ignore the news cycle right now.  While I usually like to err on the side of hope and joy, it seems as if violence and bad news has become all too common in our world these days, including violence over differences in thought.  It is a feeling like being a lamb in the midst of the wolves (or in our case, coyotes and mountain lions).  Just this past week, we have seen incidents of violence in Alexandria, VA, in San Francisco, seven sailors dying in a crash on the USS Fitzgerald, as well as terror attacks in London and Manchester England a couple weeks ago, or remembering those who were killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando a year ago.  There is also more, as other incidences that don't always get reported. Plus, we also saw the sad news about fin…

"GO" - Sermon, June 11, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Go” June 11, 2017 – Trinity Sunday Pastor Andrew Davis 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 Matthew 28: 16-18
As I referred to in my most recent article for the newsletter, June feels like it’s a month that's on the GO.  It’s a time to go on vacation, a time of going from one grade to the next like many of our students have done this week; a time of going on from high school like we saw on Friday at Quincy High School’s graduation and seeing Alyssa graduate.  Or, June is also a time of going to Annual Conference which Gloria and I will be doing next week when we travel to Burlingame to represent our church in the work of our regional body of the UMC in California-Nevada.  But the month of June is also a time of transition for many, as a number of my clergy colleagues will be going to other churches (aka ‘The Methodist Shuffle’) and in the case of a number of my friends who just graduated seminary this last month, a time of going to their new churches for the very first time, a…