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July 19 From Pastor Sherrie Lowly

Matthew 13:1 “That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.” Jesus went through some intense debate and even name-calling leading up to this chapter thirteen of Matthew’s story. Here are some tidbits from chapter 12: Pharisees: “Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath laws.” Jesus: “…the Son of Man is […]

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eDevotional July 12, 2017

“the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”… Matthew 11:19 The Wisdom of God, came up in our Matthew reading this past Sunday. What is this Wisdom that is spoken of in our Scriptures? […]

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Service or Mission?

A few weeks ago, I asked the youth about mission projects and quickly realized I hadn’t set up the conversation well. I know the care our youth have for all God’s creation including the environment, animals, the elderly, and LGBTQ+ persons.  NUMC youth are deeply caring and passionate people! I was looking forward to a […]

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Three lessons from tie-dyeing

On Sunday, 16 people enjoyed a tie dye party during youth group. Before we began, we had a good discussion about changes we have experienced in our lives. It seems everyone has experienced significant changes. As our church community undergoes a pastoral change, I thought it might be helpful to share three lessons about change revealed […]

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Changes by Christine Hides

After several rentals, Brian and I bought our first house with the intention of it being our only house. A new build, we invested significant time furnishing the interior and planting our garden.  Especially the garden. We created a prairie oasis with spiraling flower beds, a pond, and a pergola. Despite our plans to stay […]

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Light Switches by Pastor Melissa Earley

LIGHT SWITCHES Light switches.  In my new church and new home I will have to learn where the light switches are.  Are they to the right or left of the doorway?  Does this one turn on the overhead light or the outside light?  Or does it work the socket that doesn’t have anything plugged into […]

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Summer, Sabbath and Screens – Summer Faith Formation Week 2

Last Sunday our youth group family activity was attending the viewing of Screenagers at Gloria Dei. The documentary follows one family’s attempt to be intentional about the ways they use technology. Gloria Dei did an outstanding job welcoming the community and facilitating this important discussion. There is one particular part of the discussion that followed […]

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Finding Light Switches

Light switches.  In my new church and new home I will have to learn where the light switches are.  Are they to the right or left of the doorway?  Does this one turn on the overhead light or the outside light?  Or does it work the socket that doesn’t have anything plugged into it yet?  […]

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Summer Faith Formation: Week 1

Registered families will receive the Illustrated Compassion Devotional via email each week. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Christine@northbrookumc.org.  David shows kindness to Mephibosheth (that’s a mouthful!) is a story we don’t read often.  Christine’s Parent tip: King David is sometimes lifted as a Bible hero (David and Goliath). The truth is, he did […]

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