Posts from 2022

Posts from 2022

Advent Candles

Joy! Then Re-joice!

I am writing this on November 22, just six weeks after I started serving Spanish Springs. I feel like I have been here longer—in a good way! I have met a lot of people and gotten a good sense of the health of the congregation. I feel more connected that I would expect after such a short time. Kudos to the Session and Deacons for giving thoughtful attention to bringing me on board. November 27 was the first day of…
Christmas decorations

The First Nowell

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN PEOPLE ARE weighing in on their least favorite Christmas songs. “The Little Drummer Boy” is often at the top of the list. How many “rum pa pum pum’s” does a person need to hear in December? Or a lifetime? “Feliz Navidad” also makes many people’s lists. In the true spirit of unity, this song manages to be irritating in two languages. At First Presbyterian Church, we have a tradition with Christmas hymns. We always sing…

Welcome, Rev. Tom Willadsen

I am so pleased to be writing to introduce everyone to Rev.  Tom Willadsen. My first sight of Tom was watching a video sermon in which he had on a robe and used a walking staff, and  both Bob and I nicknamed him “Moses” after that.  Tom was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and moved to Peoria when he was still an infant. He has an older brother, Alan, who lives in Peoria and is a CPA and a commissioned lay pastor. He…

Calling All Quilters, Knitters and Crocheters!

The SSPC Deacons would like to continue the tradition of distributing quilts, lap blankets, shoulder shawls to those in need. In order to be able to continue with this tradition, new quilts or crocheted or knitted lap blankets & shoulder shawls need to be made. This will be an on-going project throughout the year. At the end of the year, any quilts/lap blankets/shawls, that have been made, will be distributed to those in the congregation who might have a need…