Almaden Hills United Methodist Church.

Our Purpose

Sharing God's Love; Following the Way

Worship Services

Sunday mornings:
Traditional service
at 10:00

Pastor's Message

Recent Sermons

  • January 14, 2018: Precious Lord   (Audio)
  • January 7, 2018: Epiphany: A Personal Journey   (Audio)
    Guest speaker: Dave Eggleston
  • December 31, 2017: I'm Clean   (Audio)
    Guest speaker: Michelle Herlth
  • December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve Meditation   (Audio)
  • December 24, 2017: Our Christmas Meditation in Scripture, Story, and Song   (Audio)
    Worship Leader: Byron Henderson

Pastor Mariellen's Message for January :

Two Faced Janus Father Time Kanji
Janus is the god of beginnings and endings. People often think his name gives us the name, "January." The quintessential Father Time and Baby New Year have their roots in Greek mythology with Chronos and Dionysus. "Mutsuki" is the old Japanese name for the year's first month, signifying a time of family and friends gathering. Mutsuki is also a cartoon character who represents the first month.

There are so many wonderful, silly, and profound signs and symbols of a new year. Janus reminds us of the need to look to the past and have the vision necessary to move into the future. Father Time and Baby New Year give us an image of a new start with the wisdom of the past year's successes, failures and challenges. Mutsuki reminds us to begin our year giving value and time to our relationships.

I commend to you another sign of the new year. Go to a mirror. Look at yourself. Then, repeat this scripture, "And God who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new,'" (Revelation 21:5). Say it again, to the image of you and know yourself to be a profound sign of what and who God is "making new." Know yourself to be a holy sign of this new year. In this new year, God is giving you new life, new experiences, and a new heart. Take God up on this promise of "newness"!

Right after God says that God is making all things new (and all means all!), God says, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true," (Revelation 21:5).

God's work in you, me and in our Almaden Hills United Methodist Church is trustworthy and true. I feel so honored to be made new with you as we begin this new year that will certainly be filled with challenge, joy, need, and great calling to our faithfulness.

Blessed new year, 2018,

Pastor Mariellen