Ash Wednesday
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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is perhaps my favorite holiday on the Christian calendar aside from Advent and Christmas.  I grew up Catholic, and Ash Wednesday was the first mass my step-dad shared with me.  One night, I asked him to take me to church and he responded, “Get your shoes on”.  I remember my acute confusion because...

Sock Swapping, Giving Tree & Upcoming Events
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Sock Swapping, Giving Tree & Upcoming Events

A whole lot of fun was had at our recent Women’s Sock-ing Stuffer Swap. Say that 3 times real fast! This was the first time we have had this event and the consensus was …it was a sock-cess! We had 29 ladies swap stuffed socks, fellowship, eat lots of goodies while sipping some hot chocolate,...

Knowing When to Stop
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Knowing When to Stop

I’m really good at “going.” I like to get things done, come up with new ideas, and find ways to make things run better. When I decide that something needs to be accomplished I rarely think twice, and I just run straight into “go” mode. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you understand how easily your...

Holy Week
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Holy Week

Last Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday – a day that we traditionally attribute to Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus rode into town on a donkey, fulfilling a messianic prophecy spoken long ago through the Prophet Zechariah and recounted by Matthew: “This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the...

Using Lent to Draw Closer to God
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Using Lent to Draw Closer to God

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of a practice known as Lent. Lent is observed mainly by Christians in the Anglican, Calvinist, Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. The purpose of Lent is traditionally the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, charity, atonement and self-denial. Lent lasts...

Visitation vs. Living in Full
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Visitation vs. Living in Full

Visitation vs Living in Full Though my parents divorced after eleven years of marriage they fought with each other for many more years. One topic that came up frequently— visitation. I remember one such battle, they were going back and forth about weekends, mid-week visits, and the upcoming holidays which were hers and which were...

Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Church! It’s that wonderful first day of the New Year! We join athletic clubs, promise to watch less TV (starting tomorrow), once again pray with our children at bedtime. We commit to less fries and more asparagus, and promise to go to church more. This is the time of year where our good...