Pastor’s Column

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Pentecost

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! This Sunday is Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church and it comes just a week after I celebrated both my girls’ birthdays. I have been neck deep in baking cupcakes, buying decorations, planning games, making goodie bags and wrapping presents. A birthday is not about any of these […]

Holy Land Experience

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! The difference between knowledge and wisdom comes from experience. We learn knowledge from books and classrooms, but we gain wisdom from living life. Week after week I teach and preach from the Bible, both from the knowledge I have gained in my training, and also from my experience of […]

Holy Week 2017

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! There are vivid memories in my head of Easter Sundays growing up. I remember the dresses, the tights, the hats and the gloves. I remember taking family pictures in front of my mom’s rose bushes. I remember egg hunts with my cousins and ham dinners with my family. All […]

Ash Wednesday 2017

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! The journey from ashes to lilies is almost upon us. Ash Wednesday is March 1 this year and Easter Sunday is April 16. Between those two days we are challenged in our faith and in our life to make sacrifices and become more disciplined in an effort to grow […]

It’s New Year’s Day!

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I recently found this poem by Aleena as I was reflecting on the meaning of a new year and wanted to share it with you. Read it and consider what possibilities are on the horizon for 2017. What goals do you have? How do you desire to grow and […]

Three simple words: Invite. Welcome. Disciple.

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Thanksgiving isn’t here yet (while I am writing this), but my brain, my desk and the church are already full speed ahead planning and preparing for the Advent and Christmas season. In the spirit of speeding ahead, I want to dedicate this article to the year 2017. In 2017 […]

Giving Thanks and Preparing

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christmas is creeping ever so close as the countdowns have begun. Here at church we are already getting ready for Advent and the Christmas season. The Worship committee has chosen “The Redemption of Scrooge” as our worship and study series for Advent, as we use the timeless classic A […]

Who We Are In God’s Eyes

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Blessings, Pastor Stacy Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Near the end of a busy time at church I always proclaim that a slower season is coming and that I will be catching my breath, but after 11 years of ministry I have learned that there are no slow seasons of the church. Summer may […]

Following Christ Into the World

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christ calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. This is not always easy to do. Sometimes He asks us to follow Him down unknown paths or into uncomfortable situations. The challenge in our faith is to trust Him enough to follow, no matter what. To follow […]

Faith Like a Child

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Summer is officially here, both with the kids being out of school and in the heat that is starting to hit. As a kid this was my favorite time of year, as I got two months of freedom from the classroom, and as an adult it is still one […]