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Week 2 “Mirror Mirror” (Sermon March 12)

Breathing Under Water ONLINE LENTEN DEVOTION 2017 Our Online Lenten Devotion uses Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water and Pastor Melissa Earley’s sermon series on the book.  Rohr connects the Gospel and the Twelve Step Program.  Addiction can be a helpful metaphor for sin as it helps us see how God can heal us in […]

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Does Going to Church Make Us Good People?

Last Sunday, as they often do, the children taught me something new. After we heard the story of Jesus turning over the tables in the temple, I asked how they imagined Jesus felt. “Fierce!” was one reply. Fierce? Hmmm… Yes.  Definitely fierce, I agreed, reminded again that second graders are refreshingly honest and bold.  And […]

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ONLINE LENTEN DEVOTION 2017 Breathing Under Water

  Our Online Lenten Devotion uses Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water and Pastor Melissa Earley’s sermon series on the book.  Rohr connects the Gospel and the Twelve Step Program.  Addiction can be a helpful metaphor for sin as it helps us how God can heal us in the depth of our soul. Each week, […]

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Letting the Healer do his Work

We don’t have to look very far in the world or very deep into ourselves to see that there is something broken in us and in the world.  We don’t have it all together.  The problems in the world (economic disparity, mean-spiritedness in politics, racism, sexism, misuse of the environment just to name a few) […]

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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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