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Preparing to prepare »

Advent is a season of preparing: preparing to celebrate Jesus’ birth and preparing for Jesus’ second coming that will usher in the commonwealth of God. So, in this 2014 season of preparing, you are invited to share stories and photos of the ways in which you are preparing for the long-awaited reign of God to

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Giving thanks »

The Christmas season and sales have started. Commericals are advertising Black Friday and Black Saturday sales. This is all too soon. I caught myself singing and humming Christmas carols along with music as I was shopping. Before we prepare for Advent there is a season of thanksgiving that we pause for each year that comes prior to Advent. Remember Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time

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Light at the end of the tunnel »

Lying on my back on my bathroom floor, I couldn’t believe how quickly this all happened. I was trying to kick my attacker off me while yelling and screaming. Little did I know our 10-year-old son was calling 911 to get help for me against the attacks of his inebriated father. My heart broke when

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Fill ‘er up? »

We know that our vehicles get better gas mileage when they have a full tank of gas. We have seen the second half emptying faster than the first half when traveling long distances. With the gas prices fluctuating these past years, most people have probably been opting to only fill half a tank each time

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That’s not how this works »

What do the e-insurance commercials, the nagging question of how to get women especially young women active in the organization, a great Reformation celebration and my birthday have in common? I’m glad you asked!

Let’s start with the easy ones. My birthday? Nothing. Next, celebrating the Reformation

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Setting the table »

I had just joined the congregation and was anxious to get involved, to get to know people in this new community. So when I was asked to join the altar guild, I readily said yes. I was just 26 and really didn’t know the ins and outs of an altar guild, but I said yes

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Who is your saint? »

I lost my father this year. He was 85, so he had a long life. And in his final conscious minutes on earth, he gave his family a gift: a spectacular first sentence for an obit. James V. Lackey Sr. died following a bicycle accident.

In reality, his heart gave out. He had trouble breathing;

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Fall findings »

It’s been a busy fall for women across the church: retreats, conventions, gatherings and more. I’ve always thought that if you can walk away from an event with at least one new idea it’s been a productive time together in community. So, today I’m sharing two ideas many encountered this fall. Perhaps one or both

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