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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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Lent….a time for the ‘springtime of the soul’

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. We will celebrate the gift of love at the same time that we are pondering our own mortality….READ MORE

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What now?

Before Russell and I got married there was a lot of preparation. There was the venue to find, the church service to plan, flowers to purchase, not to mention the cake, invitations, party favors, etc. It took a long time … Continue reading

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