Last year we planned a trip to parks in Utah and Arizona. I bought a sturdy pair of hiking boots and broke them in with good wool socks, getting used to the heavy weight on my feet, making sure so I could … read more.
Author: Katy Carpman
In December, our middle school class surveyed the coffee hour crowd, asking people to mark three statements that best match their personal beliefs. The class matched each statement to a range of theologies and graphed the results.
The group used these definitions from their curriculum … read more.
In my home, Thanksgiving is a BIG deal. Since my college days, out-of-towners who couldn’t travel for the holiday were welcome to join us. When my children came along, so did my in-laws, visiting from Boston. And our friends (and their children … read more.
Halloween gives us an opportunity to try on another personality – do you choose to be a monster? A fairy? Something aspirational?
On October 28th, we invite everyone to come in costume, both for the worship service and our UNICEF Carnival. For over forty years, this … read more.
Do you have a chalice at home? A special candle you can light in times of celebration, sorrow, when you need some hope or focus? To say grace whenever you can all sit down for a meal*?
As part of our Homecoming Sunday September 9th, we … read more.
April is among our most exciting months at Emerson! We kicked things off with the awesome celebration of Easter, from our triumphant worship service (gotta love our orchestra’s brass section helping out!), to children’s time for crafts and games, … read more.
“But… the toaster oven has always been in that corner…”
By the time this post goes online, my family will be back in our home. Today, newsletter deadline time, I’m in the temporary apartment surrounded by boxes – some … read more.
Copper tangle chalice
During our January 28th worship service, I announced that I’m heading off for a sabbatical May 1 to July 31 of this year. A sabbatical is an opportunity to take a breath and dig deeply into a subject of interest, uninterrupted by the … read more.
Happy New Year!
January 12th to 14th we host a weekend-long rally of about eighty teenagers (and their accompanying chaperones) from across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and maybe states beyond! Why would we open our building to such an event? Immersive programs of learning, service, and fun … read more.
Christmas memories, for me, are all about the smells. The tang of pine wreaths and trees and garland, wet wool socks drying above the woodstove, and of course, the thousand glorious scents of holiday baking.
My mother would spend the month before Christmas baking … read more.