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November "Adventures" from "The Quincy Quill"

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: the Lord God made them all (UMH 147)
What a beautiful Fall this has been here in Quincy!!  While the days have been on the warm-ish side, the beautiful colors around us have not disappointed.  While walking to the office from my house, I will often pause to admire the trees behind the courthouse, with their leaves turning orange and gold.  Just a few blocks away, I then see shades of red, as some of the trees look as if they are blazing.  It is a wonderful sight to behold and I can’t but help singing “all things bright and beautiful…”
Even amidst the beauty we have around us, my heart breaks for the people of Santa Rosa, the Napa and Sonoma area, Loma Rica, and everywhere where fire has carved a destructive path.  People have lost their homes and other materials, some have lost pets, and as of the writing of this article, over 50 have died.  My heart also breaks for mine and Pastor Ray’s clergy…

October "Adventures" from "The Quincy Quill"

While I began writing an article singing the praises of Fall, especially after celebrating the baptism of Anna Scovell and welcoming her into membership of the church, along with Gaye Porter restoring her membership on September 10, things took a whole different direction when our lives were shaken by the unexpected and sudden passing of Londa Lehman on September 16.  Londa’s passing has affected all of us and my heart especially breaks for Marilyn.  Londa was also an active member of our bell choir and her smile and presence are really going to be missed among our ringers.  Her presence will also be missed among the volunteers and the cats she cared for at PAWS.  Her loving spirit was everywhere and brightened all of our lives, especially the many children who had her and Marilyn’s classes for Kindergarten at Pioneer Elementary School.  Even in the relatively short time I’ve known her and Marilyn, I always enjoyed sitting together at the theater, or the delightful conversations we ha…

"Stories of the Saints" from the series, "A Season of Saints" - Sermon, November 12, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “A Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints” Pastor Andrew Davis November 12, 2017 Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25
            During the holiday season, we are oftentimes inundated with commercials on TV, print, and radio about the latest and greatest new gifts and gadgets.  A few years ago while beginning winter break in seminary, one commercial I saw had me nearly in tears, as there are quite a few commercials around this time of year that really tug at the heartstrings (like the Santa balloon commercial during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last year).  This particular commercial was for the iPhone, in which a teenage boy is recording moments throughout his family’s Christmas gathering and although it does reinforce the notion that young people are always glued to their phones, it ended up being poignant when the boy goes up to the TV and stops whatever was on TV much to everyone’s annoyance.  However, when a video montage of the family’s gathering set to the song, “Ha…

"Clothing of the Saints" from the series, "A Season of Saints" - Sermon, November 5, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “A Season of Saints: Clothing of the Saints” Pastor Andrew Davis November 5, 2017 Revelation 7: 9-17
Today is one of my favorite Sundays of the Christian year, and not necessarily because we got that extra hour of sleep last night when we set our clocks back by an hour.  Today is All Saints Sunday, where we celebrate the saints who have gone on before us, those who are among us today, and those who are yet to be born as we think closely about how thin the veil really is between life and death.  I also say this in the wake of another loss within our church, as Bonnie Norton moved on to the company of saints this past Thursday after a battle with leukemia.  While we adjust to the time change this morning, we embark on a new adventure, as we journey into the season of saints to finish out this current Christian year before we move into the season of Advent, which are the four weeks before Christmas.  Throughout this series, “Season of Saints,” we will be talking of cloth…

"For the Love of God and Neighbor" - Sermon, October 29, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “For the Love of God and Neighbor” Pastor Andrew Davis October 29, 2017 Matthew 22: 34-46
Back in the 1990’s, one of my favorite television shows was ABC’s Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen, Richard Karn, and Patricia Richardson.  Home Improvement centered around the Taylor Family, particularly Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, who portrayed a handyman with a home improvement television show called “Tool Time” which was kind of like Hometime or This Old House.  One of the more hilarious parts was his rivalry with former This Old House host Bob Villa, possibly a way of how not to love your neighbor.  Many of my classmates also watched the show and we’d often talk about the previous night’s episode at school, plus Tim’s kids in the show were around our age at the time, so many of us could relate.  One of the subplots of Home Improvement was Tim’s relationship with his next-door neighbor, Wilson, played by the late Earl Hindman.  Wilson was a very interesting person, altho…

"The Idols We Make" - Sermon, October 22, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “The Idols We Make” Pastor Andrew Davis October 22, 2017 Exodus 32: 1-14
            Although the television set has come a long, long way since its inception in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, it has been a fixture in many American living rooms ever since.  When HBO was doing one of their free preview weeks some twenty-ish years ago, I came across Barry Leavinson’s 1990 film Avalon, which is part of his “Baltimore Films” about a Russian/Jewish immigrant family and is set in the 1940’s and 50’s, although ends in the 1970’s or 80’s.  One particular scene that comes to mind is when the main characters, the Krichinsky Family gets their first television set and the way the entire family reacts to seeing it work for the first time, particularly the children.  Almost hypnotically.  In fact, one electronics company used the same scene, but imposed a modern television set into the picture.  Pretty much after that particular scene in Avalon, the world for the Krichinsky Family wou…