Pastor's Blog

Thanks for visiting our website. I think you’ll find Northaven Church to be a place where people take their faith very seriously. We are an eclectic community who takes our call to be God’s people in the world seriously. We are progressive in theology, open in spirit, and welcoming of all persons. We’re proud to have an eclectic group of people who find their church home here….people who love music and the arts, people who love social justice and peace-making, people who don’t check their brain at the door, and love God with their head and their heart. I hope you enjoy your time visiting our website. Please get in touch if we can be any help to you at all. And we sincerely hope you’ll find us soon at Northaven Church. Grace and Peace, Rev. Eric Folkerth

January Class – Methodism 101

Methodism 101 What it means to be a United Methodist   On January 7, 14, 21, and 28, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour, Rev. Eric Folkerth will be teaching What it Means to be a United Methodist, also called Methodism 101. This course touches on the highlights of Methodist history, beliefs and the current status of the United Methodist Church. This is a perfect class for anyone who is new to Northaven, anyone considering joining the church or anyone ... Read More »

Stewardship Sunday

Pledge Sunday will be on Nov. 19 This Stewardship Sunday, members are encouraged to complete the form that arrived in the mail and bring it to church on Sunday, Nov. 19, or mail it to the church office. The form is also available online to print. This is what the 2018 pledge card looks like:                 To make your pledge online, visit: Read More »

UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Harvey

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. UMCOR will continue to update this page and social media as they receive new information. There are several ways that you can help the work of UMCOR right now at this time of need. Supplies are being requested to help with clean-up. You can ... Read More »

The Night Everything Gets Real

I am standing in front of the White House in Washington DC. It’s a warmer-than-average day, and there are 113 other souls, mostly clergy, standing with me. The throngs of ordinary tourists and sightseers have been pushed back to a wide perimeter around us by the Federal police whose job it is to secure the White House area. Squad cars are everywhere. Paddy wagons pull up. A bus arrives. And, all along, an authoritative voice of the Powers that Be speaks ... Read More »

A Small, Beautiful Thing…Why We Marched

On the day after #MegaMarch2017 let me tell you another small, beautiful story about what it means to be “Church.” We had great worship, yesterday morning at church. And that was beautiful. Palm Sunday, and all. And then, almost 30 of us marched at the MegaMarch downtown. That was powerful. Big thrill of the day for me? Literally marching right behind Martin Luther King III, in a line, arm and arm with friends like Imam Omar Sulieman and ... Read More »

We Did Not Ask For This Room

“We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance.” — Stephen King and Bridgett Carpenter I finally binged-watched “11.22.63” this week. It’s got me thinking ... Read More »

I Am A Christmas Christian

I am a Christmas Christian. I’ve known this for decades now. But only now do I feel brave enough to say it boldly. Because, in many Christian circles, it’s almost like heresy to not say “I’m an Easter Christian.” “Bonding Time: The Nativity in Townville,” by Jan Hines. I’m one of those too. I love Easter. I come to appreciate the metaphor of death and resurrection more every year. I understand —although I personally find no meaning, whatsoever– in the metaphor of “atonement ... Read More »

The Story at the Door

Sometimes the whole story of our faith, our culture, and this great political divide between us all is made manifest in small moments that speak to you…small moments that tell big stories. That happened to me as I stood at the door after worship on Sunday. One of the very first couples of shake my hand was an older couple, man and woman, who had been visiting for some weeks now. He shook my hand, but he was frustrated and roiling ... Read More »

Witness – 2016 Stewardship Videos

Northaven’s Stewardship campaign for 2017, “Witness,” began on Sunday, Nov. 6, and featured three weeks of videos highlighting the ministries of our church.   Read More »

Sermon In Respose to the Dallas Shootings

Photo: David Worthington This is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of us live, and some of us work. Places we visit often. The grief is great. And, even closer than that, our two Northaven members who are part of ... 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?