Thank You, Food. Amen

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Dinnertime at the Hannon household is usually exciting. Quinn, you see, is a huge fan of early bird specials. By 4:30pm she’s hungry, and by 5pm she’s letting us know it. That means dinner hits the table exceptionally early. When you couple that with a […]

Target and Transformation

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY A few weeks ago my wife and I went shopping at Target. We arrived at the store on a mission. We had five things on our list, and wanted to get out before we found ten things to buy. We split up. I headed for […]

Characters and Coveting

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY   There’s a growing craze on the internet these days. Its creator is a website called Zimbio and, chances are, even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve seen its work on your Facebook newsfeed. Zimbio makes the “Which Character of ________ Are You?” quizzes. […]

Spiritual Allergies

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY   When my daughter, Quinn, was diagnosed with a couple of allergies it didn’t take us long to determine where she got them. Some people say that sneezes come in threes. Well, for me, sneezes come in thirteens. Allergies have always been a part of […]

Both… And…

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon, Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY We’re entering the time of resolution. Electronic cigarette sales are through the roof while time management books are flying off the shelves. People everywhere are setting goals to manage their stress, go back to school, or start another job. I myself have a resolution, but […]

From God. To You.

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon, Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Some of the best parts of this time of year include the opportunities to sit with friends and family, the delicious meals, the abundance of sweets, the Christmas specials on TV, the catching up, and… and am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah, the presents. Those […]

The Perfect Play

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon, Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Picking a Christmas pageant is always a fun task. By September the church publishing houses start sending their catalogs full of promising examples. At Hope, we pour through each in an attempt to find the perfect play, and this year I do declare, we found […]

All Saints – Backwards

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY What’s in a Name? Every time I drive east out of Arcade to head to Rochester I have the same thought: Where did they come up with these names? It first happens when I drive through Castile and see Elitsac Lumber. I mean, who decided […]

Grandma’s GPS

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY At a wedding last weekend I showed up 30 minutes late for the rehearsal. Now, I’m not the most punctual person, but when it comes to events that include other people I like to think I’m above average. Needless to say, I was embarrassed. My […]

Grandma’s GPS

At a wedding last weekend I showed up 30 minutes late for the rehearsal. Now, I’m not the most punctual person, but when it comes to events that include other people I like to think I’m above average. Needless to say, I was embarrassed. My shame was relieved a little bit, however, when I realized […]