7/20/14 – “Sarah and Hagar: Wife, Maid, Mistress” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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Some years ago, I found my way to the Hilton Hotel in Oakland, California for a clergy women event. The speaker was Dr. Reneta Weems, an Old Testament Professor from Vanderbilt University. She was the first African American woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Princeton.

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7/13/14 – “Costly Stew” by Rev. Diane K. hoogeSermons

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When my grandmother died many years ago, some of her children and spouses gathered to sift and sort through 90 years of saved letters, documents and a lifetime of gathered keepsakes. In the sorting, came the shocking discovery of some family secrets. One of her daughter-in-laws discovered the adoption papers of a grandchild.

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7/6/14 – “Changing Neighborhoods” by Rev. diane K. HoogeSermons

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I will never forget the first time I heard Marian Wright Edelman speak. It was in the conference center in San Jose, CA. It was a huge setting, and it was perfectly silent. She stood there as founder of the Children’s Defense Fund rattling off the overwhelming statistics that come with children in poverty in the United States.

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6/29/14 – “Unleashing the Cargo” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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I cannot preach on the Jonah text without thinking about a Sunday evening in March 1983, when I sat listening to an Old Testament Professor from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He had travelled to Reedsport, Oregon, to preach the ordination sermon for Barbara Hineline. She was the first woman to be called to a solo pastoral position in the American Baptist Churches of Oregon. Like many of us, she has since crossed over into the United Church of Christ denomination.

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6/22/14 – “The Crossing” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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Within three months of my moving to Eugene from Minnesota, my Dad, a long-time resident of Eugene, passed away. As many of you have experienced, not only was I dealing with all the details that death brings, but as the oldest child, designated as his personal representative, I had the responsibility of carrying out his wishes along with sifting and sorting through 87 years of life memories tucked away in closets and drawers.

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6/1/14 – “In the Cloud” by Rev. Paula SohlSermons

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Rev. Paula Sohl Acts 1:6-14 “When Jesus had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.” This was one of my favorite images from Sunday School as a child. Especially, because of the next sentence where the angels said that said he would return …

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5/25/14 – “Surprising Gifts” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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My mother, Geneva Shepherd Seltzer, grew up in Rome, Georgia during the Great Depression. She was eight years old when the stock market crashed in 1929. Her family lost their farm, and her father died of pneumonia by the time she was eleven. She dropped out of school in the 5th grade to go to work in a textile mill to help support her widowed mother and six kids.

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5/11/14 – “Surely Goodness and Mercy” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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In our reading from the book of Acts we see the early church as Luke sees it. He says of those who gathered together after the resurrection, they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

The Book of Acts is the book that teaches us how to be church together. We are to sing and pray and share food here. We are to share our money. We are to care more about each other and less about our stuff.

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5/4/14 – “Stewardship Sermon” by Rev. Pamela ShepherdSermons

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Rev. Pamela Shepherd I’ve been thinking a lot, in my last weeks here, about the many gifts my time as your minister have given to me. You have trusted me with your stories, your joys, your fears, your children, your suffering, and your lives. What an incredible gift it is to share all that. One …

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