Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Tim Marks and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you. Feel free to email me at [email protected].

May 2, 2017: Tim’s reMarks

A Rediscovery Manasseh has the distinction of being the longest reigning and most evil of the kings of Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel. During his reign, he turned the people away from God and followed the pagan practices of the nations that God had driven from the land of promise. The temple was defiled, and fell into disrepair. It was probably during this time that the book of the law was hidden in the temple to protect it from the ... Read More »

March 31, 2017: Tim’s reMarks

The Light of the World “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (NRSV) Since ancient times, light and fire have reminded people that God is here with us. During the Exodus, the LORD went before the children of Israel “in a pillar of cloud by day…and a pillar of fire by night, to give them light…” (Exodus 13:21). ... Read More »

March 2017: Tim’s reMarks

Nail Driven “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” — Luke 9:51 (NRSV) People can be motivated by a variety of things. Some are motivated by the financial, personal, or social gains of success. For others, apprehension about failing fuels their success – and for many of these it is the fear of shame associated with the failure that is their motivation. We are all motivated by something, ... Read More »

February 2017: Tim’s reMarks

Ordinary Time “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.” — Matthew 4:23-25 ... Read More »

December 2016: Tim’s reMarks

New Life in Unexpected Places “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD … On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall ... Read More »

December 2016: UMW News

General Meeting & Christmas Party Monday, December 5, 2016 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall The United Methodist Women will meet Monday, December 5, 2016, for their General Meeting and Christmas Party. The gathering begins at 6:00 p.m. Please bring books or toys to be presented to Head Start during the evening. Also bring a dish for our potluck supper and plan on an evening filled with fun! Installation of Officers for 2016-2017 —  Presided by Gwen Young Marilyn Whatley UMW President Read More »

November 2016: Tim’s reMarks

Hope for Our Future “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6, NRSV) For several years, our political and cultural environment has been changing so rapidly that it seems we wake up to a new reality each day. It is difficult to keep up and ... Read More »

October 2016: Tim’s reMarks

Hope for Our Future: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) Jeremiah 29 has been a favorite passage of mine for many years. Framed versions hang on the wall in my office, and are emblazoned on one of my coffee mugs. This verse is particularly meaningful for those who have struggled in difficult circumstances, and are on the brink of losing hope. Read More »

September 2016: Tim’s reMarks

Remember. In a couple of weeks, you’ll see that word posted everywhere. Remember, you’ll be reminded. Remember what we lost 15 years ago. Remember the victims. Remember the vulnerability. Remember those who responded first. Remember. Read More »

August 2016: From the Pastor’s Pen

Pastor Tim and Becky are so thrilled to be beginning their ministry here in Paris with the people of Calvary UMC. His vision at this time is “To be a church where everyone is welcome and valued as a child of God, made in God’s own image.” Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?