Crossroads

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                                           Maquoketa UCC Genesis 12:1-9                                                                                                                                  September 16, 2018     Crossroads     Phyllis Nissen—a longtime member of this church and a 74-year veteran of the choir before she died in February—told me more than once about a pivotal crossroads in her life.  When she was in high school in Maquoketa, her talent as… Read More ›

One Thing

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                                           Maquoketa UCC Mark 10:17-27                                                                                                                                   August 26, 2018         I have a new appreciation for one fact: I have many possessions.  The chances are good that so do you.  I’ve been extra aware of my possessions since I’m preparing to move.  Recently a kind person helped me organize a room I… Read More ›

What’s in your backpack?

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                                           Maquoketa UCC Psalm 111                                                                                                                                            August 19, 2018         I haven’t gone back to school since 2007—my last year of seminary.  But I love this time of year.  I love the cooler temperatures in the morning.  I love sweet corn and tomatoes (by the way—if anyone needs tomatoes, I have some!). … Read More ›

It is God

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                                           Maquoketa UCC John 6:24-35                                                                                                                                       August 5, 2018         It was about seven years ago that I sat in the office of the senior minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, David Ruhe, fretting out loud to him about where I was going next.  As a temporary associate pastor, my… Read More ›

Rise

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                       Maquoketa UCC Luke 7:11-17                                                                                                                                       June 5, 2016 Once in a while (not too often, but once in a while) as my dog licks my face, I think: “What am I doing?  I know where her mouth has been!”  I know where that mouth has been.  I know where her nose has been. … Read More ›

The Power to Forgive

Stephanie Haskins                                                                                                      Maquoketa UCC Luke 7:36-50                                                                                                                                       June 12, 2016 Every one of us, I’m convinced, has at least one person in their life that they haven’t forgiven yet.  Maybe you’re thinking to yourself: “Just one?”  On Friday, I saw a picture on Facebook of the person I haven’t yet forgiven, and just looking at it… Read More ›