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Terry Van Hook
Lancaster, Ca
Lead Pastor of Lancaster United Methodist Church, Lancaster, Ca.
Interests: spirituality, sailing, golf, reading, personal growth, community action and the exploration of what God is all about. personal time includes: family, movies and naps. favorite movies: anything that makes me think. i.e. from "batman begins" to "the whale rider" to "the elephant man."
Recent Activity
TRUST… is at an all-time low. In a Gallup poll* taken June 2016, the military is the most trusted institution in our nation with 73% of respondents affirming that it has a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at e-Soundings
This month our church will be specifically focused on “Discipleship.” Discipleship simply means “to follow Jesus.” The first Disciples were called from their jobs and from their homes to literally follow Jesus around. As the travelled around the Sea of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at e-Soundings
We’ve had a wonderful and blessed year! This is an exciting place to be… NEW MEMBERS IN 2016 This last year, we’ve had 20 people join our church fellowship. That’s twice the number that joined in 2015. They are: Burgess... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at e-Soundings
Baptism is a major area that divides the church. Many churches encourage Infant Baptism. Many other churches prefer Adult Baptism. Both sides of the Christian movement end up in the same place, an adult choice to follow Jesus that was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at e-Soundings
1 million new disciples of Jesus Christ in four years... 250,000 per year. Wow!!! Thank God!!!!! Last May over eight hundred delegates and countless other United Methodists from all over the world gathered in Portland, Oregon for the quadrennial (every... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at e-Soundings
"FLASH: Elephant found by United Methodists! - - - - - or The 3 Steps to Christian Sex ...Starting with the Techno/Sexual revolution, (the birth control pill in the 60’s), develop an examination of how modern day human sexual relationships are drastically changing individuals and families…ending with everything now related to sex.' Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at e-Soundings
FIRE! SMOKE! DANGER! WAR! TERRORISM! DEATH! OUR HEARTS ARE WITH CARMEN LANE AND HER FAMILY…. It’s one of our most terrifying nightmares. You awake from a deep sleep to the smell of smoke. You know something is not right and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at e-Soundings
Like many others, I have agonized over the issue of Homosexuality and the UMC for a long time. I believe we can unravel, not cut, this Gordian knot. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at e-Soundings
Last week the Pope shared historic speeches to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. To me the most moving words were spoken in the context of worship, reflecting Jesus Christ and proclaiming the hope and power of the Resurrection.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at e-Soundings
Following Christ has never been easy. The world always presents a challenge to our beliefs and our actions. From the very beginning, Christians have chosen to live and work, worship and behave in ways that the world did not always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at e-Soundings
HOMELESSNESS: "The article also continues beyond the numbers and talks about the long and patient process that needs to be in place to help individuals and families find their way back into a steady job and with secure housing. Churches and other non-profit organizations provide an crucial link in that process." Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at e-Soundings
On April 19, we had a wonderful 130th Celebration that reflected on the decades and relived wonderful blessings from God. Claud Seal, our Lancaster UMC Stewardship Chairperson challenged us last Sunday to think what the next 130 years might bring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at e-Soundings
If you are like most of us, you have discarded sports equipment in the garage, unused kitchen gadgets in the cabinets, perfectly good clothes hidden away in the closet waiting for you to fetch them. Even love for people waxes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at e-Soundings
As Christians, we are all angry and deeply dismayed at not only the death of the 21 Christian brothers and sisters, but of the thousands killed by brutal means under the hands of the individuals who are part of ISIS.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at e-Soundings
On Feb. 8, we invited our married couples to come forward and renew their wedding vows. Our chancel was filled with couples holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes and repeating their vows to “have and to hold…for better, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at e-Soundings
With the death of Brittany Maynard, the discussion of assisted suicide / choice for suicide is once again with us. We all know life begins and life ends, but when we are suffering or someone else is suffering, we want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at e-Soundings
Have you started yet? Christmas planning has already begun for some. As soon as Halloween is over, we will be on to Thanksgiving before we know it. As you seek a deeper way of following Christ, it’s important to keep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at e-Soundings
This last month in worship, we have asked each other to share responses to three important questions. >>>>>>> 1) What do you WONDER about? i.e. Faith questions?, reflections?, doubts?, etc. 2) What do you WORRY about? i.e. What keeps you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at e-Soundings
In late October of 1991, a massive cold front passed over the east coast of the United States. It met a massive “extra-tropical low” that was off the Atlantic coast, then swept up the nearby remnants of Hurricane Grace to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at e-Soundings
I wish I had seen this before Father's day. It is definitely a keeper. Sarah Crowder made this wonderful video that was published on Oct 23, 2013. She writes: "I was visiting dad last weekend and I really wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at e-Soundings
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in the midst of a congregation? What does it take to strengthen our faith on a daily basis? We know it’s hard to keep our promises and resolutions. “Keeping the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at e-Soundings
June marks our “end of year” time for all our Lancaster United Methodist Church activities. For the past few years we have been on a fiscal year for both church budgeting and programming. Our last meeting of our “church year”... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at e-Soundings
Over the years, I have often been asked: “Why is the church always asking for money?” Studies in the past have listed this as a main reason people leave the church. Yet we all know deep in our hearts that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at e-Soundings
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with the United Church of Christ in Japan and GlobalMedic to bring immediate relief to the affected communities. 100% of your donation will go to those in the deepest need. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at e-Soundings
Paul sums up this third rule with elegance: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at e-Soundings