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 […]

Dispelling the Myth

We, along with much of Europe and the rest of North America (save Canada—they do what they want), set aside the 2nd Monday in October for a little holiday known as Columbus Day. Columbus Day is described as the day commemorating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. At least that’s what they taught me in […]

Youth Practicing Sharing

On Friday, March 22, ten wide-eyed and excited youth and pastors from Hope, Arcade jumped into two minivans and headed north on Route 16. Our destination was the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca, New York. We were headed up for a little event known as the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Marathon. I haven’t been […]

The Bible

Are you watching The Bible on the History Channel? Well, if you aren’t you are sorely missing out, and you might be alone. So far this year The Bible is the #1 show on television. Somehow it even had more viewers than the Walking Dead last Sunday night (figure that one out). The 10-hour special […]

Faith Matters – Hopeful

It’s official: I’m over winter. If I didn’t realize it before, my recent excursion to Myrtle Beach with a dozen other Lutheran pastors from across the United States sealed the deal. Five rounds of golf in four days will do that to a guy. Unfortunately for me, however, winter’s not through with us. Not yet. […]

On The 13th Day

Last Sunday morning millions of children around the world woke up to find presents not under their Christmas tree, but under their shoes! Seriously, and it only means one thing: the Three Kings were in town. The 12 days of Christmas may come with their presents, but the 13th day after Christmas means the wise […]