Wholeness Through Thanks

Wholeness Through Thanks

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Recently, the school district in which I serve commemorated its 50th anniversary celebration. Local historians gave the history, we remembered the central players, the choirs sang, the bands led us in the alma maters and fight songs, and by all accounts it was a wonderful […]

Safe to Ask

Safe to Ask

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY In a conversation I was having with a friend recently, the topic of a mutual friend’s cancer came up. Just week’s ago our friend passed away. A funeral service at a local church followed. My friend was noting how much she appreciated the pastor’s remarks. […]

High Expectations

High Expectations

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Although it’s been several falls since I myself have geared up to go back to school, since I spent the 20+ falls before heading to grade school, high school, college or seminary, this time of year always comes with it’s own form of post traumatic […]

Live Ready

Live Ready

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY A couple of weeks ago I received a scary phone call from my wife. It was the kind that started by saying, “Don’t worry, but…” And we all know what happens when we hear those words… we worry. She continued, “Our daughter [1-year-old] and I […]

Olympic Games

Olympic Games

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY With the Olympic Games nearing the halfway point, I once again have a case of Olympic Fever. It happens to me every couple of years. For two weeks or so I find myself glued to my television set to watch the best athletes in the […]

Greed Won’t Feed Them

Greed Won’t Feed Them

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY With the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the rearview mirror, the race is officially on. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are racing against one another to become the next president of the United States, and we are in store for a show. A very […]

Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY As a kid growing up on the north side of Jamestown I had a pretty good idea what a neighbor looked like. With a yard not much bigger than my current living room, it was out in the neighborhood that I spent most of my […]

Root Bound?

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY Although my wife and I have a strict no pet policy at our house at the moment, that shouldn’t suggest we do not share our house with other living things (and I’m not simply referring to my children). My wife, Carol, is addicted to plants. […]

Forgotten Birthday

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook last week of his child celebrating his baptismal birthday by lighting a candle and praying together as a family. It was a touching photo, and a source of hope for me and all the other people who […]

Working Together

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY I recently took a group of men to the shores of Lake Chautauqua for a weekend of hard work in the name of Jesus at the Lutheran Camp near Bemus Point. We’ve been in the habit over the last few years of roofing a different […]