Author Archives: Rev Uch

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2019. We are thrilled to learn more about Bradenton. Stop by our website at for more information about me and the church.

Martin Copenhaver – Remember Me? 

My precious Daddy died in 2008, after several years of living with dementia, the last 18 months or so unable to identify me as his daughter. This piece by Martin Copenhaver is a poignant reminder of my time with my … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stay United!

Originally posted on Oboedire:
As the Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church meet during these weeks, the challenges we face as a denomination become more apparent.  And the fact that we are not agreed as to how we should…

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Usher Me In

Many, if not most, churches have Ushers. We may have different views about what they do, how they do it and why. And, we sometimes ponder, do Ushers usher or do they ush?* Whatever the answer, in this episode of … Continue reading

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Everyday God Connections

Often in my day to day work as a pastor or even in my personal life, there come moments when God speaks through the everyday-ness of life. For several weeks, I have been part of the team leading classes for … Continue reading

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Lake Reflections

The parsonage (house) provided by First Mount Dora sits on a hill at the end of a short street with a cul de sac. At the bottom of the hill is Lake Gertrude, a lovely spring fed lake. My route … Continue reading

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Just a Little Reminder

Just a little reminder to donate today to The Advance of the United Methodist Church. Matched dollar for dollar up to one million dollars, your donation can go further today than any other day of the year. Not sure what … Continue reading

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Be the Change

For years, I have heard that phrase “Be the change you want to be,” encouraging us to change and others will follow. When we apply that to our Christian faith, we have to step up to a new intentionality from … Continue reading

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Into the Heart of Christmas

My friend, Jan L. Richardson, is a singularly talented clergywoman. An amazing artist and writer*, Jan captures the heart of the gospel in a way no one else does. She offers online studies during Advent and Lent. Her new study, Illuminated: An Online Journey … Continue reading

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A Halloween Commentary – Take 2

Last year about this time, I posted a commentary about Halloween. Take a moment to read it so what follows makes sense. I stayed home on Halloween night last year, not only to give out candy but also to meet … Continue reading

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Seminary and the E-Reader

Go to this link to see what United Methodists are helping make happen in Africa: This is so very exciting to me given my visit to Zimbabwe in 2003. Ever since, all of Africa has been close to my … Continue reading

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