Archive for February, 2017

Preparing for Lent

By Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Children and Youth Ash Wednesday, March 1 is the beginning of Lent.  During the season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of Lent we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for the great mystery of Easter.  We can choose to use this time to use spiritual practices which […]

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Some of your Favorite Hymns

Singing is an important part of our faith. Below are some favorite hymns from folks in our church and a little bit about why: From Kyle Wlliams Lord, You Come to the Lakeshore – Has a great soul message From Steve Szumowski O Come All Ye Faithful – so many warm memories of Christmas with […]

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Fun Ways to Learn the Lord’s Prayer

In Matthew chapter 6 and Luke chapter 11, Jesus instructs the disciples on how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. This is considered the model for how we all should pray. In this prayer we affirm who God is, ask for forgiveness, request what we need for daily living, and pray for […]

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The Importance of Youth Group:

by Christine Hides, Director of Ministries with Youth and Children I recently asked the youth to share why youth group is important to them. The answers were extremely thoughtful! Each response related to connection, learning, and relaxation/ dealing with stress. I’ve shared their answers below along with a few of my thoughts on the importance […]

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Melissa Earley, February 1

I’ve been reading Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems.  I read his poems out loud.  I love the way they sound and the way the words feel in my mouth.   Following are excerpts from the poem I read in worship a couple of weeks ago.  The full poem is available in the book Chicago Poems. TO A […]

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Edevotional by Brian Boyer

From Brian Boyer I must admit–when it comes to hymns, I am not much of a “words” guy.  I tend to treasure hymns based on the beauty of the music more so than the lyrics.  In fact it’s not just the melody, but the harmony parts, which really make a hymn “pop” for me.  There […]

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Edevotional by Linda Nixon

By Linda Nixon II recently saw a cartoon in The New Yorker that showed a woman saying, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”  That about sums it up for me.  So, is it a spiritual obligation to be well-informed?  Or do I accept the concept my […]

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Connections

Each of our Sunday school classes has four components: Gather, Read and Respond, Prayer, and Sending Forth. These are also the four parts of a worship service structured to nurutres connection with God and one another. Here are the meaningful connections I saw on Sunday with the youngest class: When we gather, we begin with […]

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February Info For Children Youth and Families:

Throughout the school year all three of our classes have been following the worship readings very closely. During the rest of February, we will continue learning about Jesus life and ministry: Prek-3rd grades will explore a new parable each week using Montessori/Godly Play inspired lessons. This week’s parable will be the Mustard Seed (also used […]

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