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July 18 Edevotional

“I look to the church to remember that what the individual believes does not make a Christian, but baptism into a Christ-gathered community shaped by shared practices, among which is the practice of welcoming strangers.” (Brian Volck, “Silent Communion: The Prophetic Witness of the Profoundly Disabled”) I am pondering more on Lydia, the first Christian […]

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It is still summer!

PST: Contrary to what the stores are telling us, IT’S STILL SUMMER. For most people, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration with friends and family; a half way point through summer. But in the land of commercialism, it’s back to school time! School supplies fill the shelves, and Costco even has their […]

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July 11 Edevotional

We will be introduced to Lydia next Sunday as the fifth in our series, “Faces of Faith.” Lydia is known for her openness, her generosity, her radical hospitality. “Religion” etymologically means “binding again.” All the loose ends in our lives and in our relationships are re-bound, re-conciled, and given back to us; a gift, now […]

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July 4 Edevotional

  Last week I read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, in preparation for Sunday’s sermon.  Mary Magdalene was our focus last Sunday for our sermon series, Faces of Our Faith. Bourgeault writes of the long-held deliberate agenda to minimize Mary Magdalene’s role as a […]

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June 27 Edevotional

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had case out seven demons.” Mark 16:9 Our Face of Faith for this coming Sunday is Mary Magdalene. I wonder if Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) made a little altar at the place where she heard and met the risen Jesus? I think that I might […]

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Listening

During the summer months, we have lots of trying times as parents, with all of the kids at home. We say that we just want them to listen to us. But what do we really mean by listening? In her sermon this past Sunday, Pastor Sherrie spoke of Deborah. She was in a place of power, unlike […]

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June 20 Edevotional

In our summer Faces of Faith worship series we looked into the story of Jonah this past Sunday. Some of us wondered why this little book is even in the Bible. Such a strange story. God relentlessly pursues Jonah so that Jonah will give God’s message of repentance and forgiveness to the people who live […]

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June 13 Edevotional

HAPPENINGS MOM’S GROUP Beginning Monday June 18 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm This is a time for moms to be together without kids HISTORY BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 pm Learn about Juneteenth Northbrook Public Library – Pollak Room

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June 7 Edevotional

Recently, at the Memorial Service held at the Annual Conference session for our Northern Illinois Conference, we were asked to write a message that we remember hearing from one of our saints who has gone before us and is cheering us on in our faith. I remembered and wrote down the message from my friend […]

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May 30 Edevotional

“Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O ruler of all.” (Be Thou My Vision, UMH #451) Whatever comes this day, whoever I meet today, whatever befall, still, I pray that you be my vision, that you be my heart, my ears, and my mouth, O God. I wait upon you, […]

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