Author: Dara Schuller-Hanson

Season in Review Thank you to all who volunteered, donated and prayed for the garden this year!  We produced ~1400lbs of peas, beans, melons, corn, tomatoes and squash.  We had ~60 volunteers give their time with a total of over 450 volunteer hours donated.  Even in...

Heard any good St. Peter jokes lately? So one day Ole passed away and arrived at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter greeted him and said, “In order to get into heaven, you have to answer 3 questions correctly.” Ole said, “Well alright, what’s the...

A Legendary Fish Tale In my family there are a few stories that over the years of being told have morphed into family legends. One of them involves a fishing tournament, my aunt and uncle and me. One Saturday when I was a kid, my aunt...

Jesus saves us even from our sinful selves My 3-year-old son has some favorite words and phrases that he likes to say all the time. They include answering questions with just the word “giraffe" (context doesn’t really matter), he also makes a joke of any question...

What is Jesus talking about? When Jesus says, “and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” I immediately think how lucky I am...

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Solidarity March in downtown Madison sponsored by the African American Council of Churches. I haven’t been to many marches like this, but my husband Bjorn and I talked a lot about it and decided we should go. You...

Instructions to Prepare for Holy Communion Before worship begins, set a table with enough bread and wine/grape juice for each person present. During our live-streamed worship service, a pastor will speak the familiar Words of Institution, “In the night in which He was betrayed…” At...

Holy Trinity Sunday Today is Holy Trinity Sunday on the church calendar and confession time, since becoming a pastor this has not been my favorite church holiday because today we are supposed to worship God together and celebrate, not an event that happened, but the belief...

Our Shared Sense of Longing When this pandemic started, we had no idea how long we might be waiting to gather again in person. And even while we connect through phone calls, emails and online videos, our community longs for more. We ask God for more;...

Unknown Caller The other day my husband answered his cell phone and had an interesting conversation. He doesn’t usually answer numbers that he doesn’t recognize, and I could tell he didn’t know the person on the other end, but for some reason he answered anyway. My...

Finding Comfort This week I called a member of our church who is in the hospital. She has had a few ups and downs, hoping to go home and unable to. She told me that one day she found herself in tears while sitting in her...

Answering the Call to Serve Last night at our Wednesday evening worship, the scripture reading was from Matthew 20:17-28.  In the gospel Jesus instructs his disciples to completely rearrange their understanding of greatness.  He tells them that power and success in this world are nothing compared...

Visible Signs of Care As we continue on in this pandemic, I hear more and more people are making masks and wearing them. Different designs are out there- people are getting creative making them out of socks (clean socks I should add), handkerchiefs and any fabric...

Relatable Followers If there are two followers of Jesus we can relate to- it has to be Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus. They aren’t part of the group of 12 disciples, but they know Jesus. They have heard the story of his...

We are the church together Do you remember that children’s rhyme- here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people? While cute and catchy, it is not really accurate because we know the church is not a building. The...