Author Archives: churchladymandan

There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars

A parishioner recently told me that its ‘too hot outside’ for December. I, for one, am not complaining! But the parishioner went on to say that the world will soon end because the warmth outside and the recent earthquake in … Continue reading

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lights, sounds, and smells of Advent and Christmas

I love the lights, sounds, and smells of Advent and Christmas. Each one seems to remind me of happy memories, youthful longings, and a sense of belonging. I remember one Christmas my grandma Mac gave me a gift that was … Continue reading

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Ventures in Growing Stewards

A recent issue of “Living Lutheran”, the monthly magazine of the ELCA featured an article entitled “Ventures in Growing Stewards” for congregations. In doing some additional reading and ‘ingathering’ of material for our own stewardship education, I came upon some … Continue reading

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Full of Change

September and October are always full of change. This time of year marks the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the all too soon arrival of winter. We quite literally move from long days of light and warmth … Continue reading

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It’s a ever changing time

On Thursday, August 16th, we lost the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin to the bonds of heaven. I was always a big Aretha fan, as ‘rhythm and blues’ is one of my favorite genres of music, and no one since … Continue reading

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Just imagine…..

This past June, 25 youth and 4 adults from our congregation traveled to Houston, Texas for the National Youth Gathering. So what is a youth gathering? It is a coming together of youth and adults to praise Jesus and to … Continue reading

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Excitement & Expectation

Children seem to have the ability to remain excited about daily life, while we adults often find ourselves enduring. I used to have the opinion that excitement and expectation were qualities reserved for children…a fleeting emotion that flies away when … Continue reading

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Spring is a time filled with possibility!

As I write this we have been longingly and expectedly waiting for spring. Even as we come to the end of Easter looking to Pentecost, and the time after Pentecost (the green season in the church year that never seems … Continue reading

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We are now in the season of Easter and spring…resurrection

This past Friday, March 16th, I saw my first sign of coming spring, a robin sitting on the top of the large evergreen tree across the street on the south side of the church parking lot. I had just got … Continue reading

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Walk Dusty

This month, Lent is still in full swing. It is a season in the church, filled with songs in minor keys, dark colors like purple and black, and scripture passages that bring us ever closer to the crucifixion….READ MORE

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