Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Three Lessons I Learned as a Visually Impaired Piano Student

Subtitle: Piano lessons taught me about self-reliance, perseverance, and life! Note: This piece was written in response to the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind’s Prompt, “Self-Reliance.” Image shows the author seated on a piano bench Introduction: I remember the first time I ever saw a concert pianist. His name was Andre Watts and he was… Continue reading Three Lessons I Learned as a Visually Impaired Piano Student

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry

Prayers You Can Use for Disability Awareness Sunday! (Inspired by the Lectionary!)

The Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church is celebrating Disability Awareness Sunday on October 9, 2022. Here are some prayers that I wrote for anyone who would like to celebrate a Disability Awareness Sunday in their own worship setting! Image shows an inclusive group in silhouette Introduction: What is Disability Awareness Sunday and Why… Continue reading Prayers You Can Use for Disability Awareness Sunday! (Inspired by the Lectionary!)

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: ROAR How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology by S. T. Sims

I wanted to lift up this book because I think that there are probably other women out there who, like me, want to improve their fitness but aren't sure where to begin. Diet and exercise have never come naturally to me, and I am grateful I found this well researched book to guide my training. This book is brimming with great information and I know I will refer to it again the next time I'm stuck in a training rut. I don't know if my next race time will improve, but I do know that I feel happier and healthier after reading this book and putting some of these ideas into practice.

Blogging, Pastoral Life, Writing

Tyrone Trolley Bridge Rediscovered (Guest Post by Jeffery D. Holland)

I had never put the two images side by side. Doing so I found them to be one and the same. The greatest part was the second photo showed a view in the opposite direction showing the houses in Nealmont, houses that are still there and were a perfect match! This was the final confirmation. I had finally located the bridge from the postcard.

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Stewardship, Women in Ministry

Altoona District UMC Churches Purchase Lifechanging Device for Visually Impaired Teenager in Africa

Claudine is sixteen years old and visually impaired. After losing her parents, she found a home with Mama Arlene Brown and Hope Made Real. She dreams of becoming a doctor. In this photo, Rev. Rebecca and her husband, Jeff, stand with mama Arlene Brown. Mama Arlene Brown is originally from Pennsylvania. She started an orphanage… Continue reading Altoona District UMC Churches Purchase Lifechanging Device for Visually Impaired Teenager in Africa

Ministry, Preaching, Preaching, Prayers, and Devotions, Sermons & Sermon Notes

A Prayer for Veterans Day

Please feel free to use this prayer in your personal devotions or to adapt it for use in corporate worship. Free stock photo of an American flag proudly waving in the sunshine Dear God, You are Our Rock and our Refuge,We praise your name and give thanks on this day of remembrance for all of… Continue reading A Prayer for Veterans Day

Blogging, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Poetry, Preaching, Preaching, Prayers, and Devotions, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

A Prayer for the Changing of the Seasons

A prayer for personal devotions or for use in corporate worship. The trees have their autumn colors here in PA! Introduction and General Life Update: Happy Fall, Everyone! The leaves here in Pennsylvania are beautiful and there is a chill in the air. I love Fall-- and I especially love all things Pumpkin Spice. For… Continue reading A Prayer for the Changing of the Seasons

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Prayers, and Devotions, Women in Ministry, Writing

Eye Patched & Proud: Hope for the Broken is Now Available from Touch Point Press

Amazon Author Page: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland. I am a visually impaired pastor and author. I would just like to take a moment to share my recent joy with you, as well as some words of encouragement. Image shows Rev. Rebecca at the pulpit. Her right eye is covered… Continue reading Eye Patched & Proud: Hope for the Broken is Now Available from Touch Point Press