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By Wayne Williams -- Hey campers! This is our annual church campout weekend! This is the weekend I’ve looked forward to every year for almost 30 years. I love the smell of campfire smoke. I love sitting around the campfire with friends old and new and talking about things heavy and...

Long Distance Relationships

Posted by Caris Power on

By Caris Power -- Which is true? “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind.” We have been absent from each other, at least in the form of physical Sunday morning gatherings, for over 19 weeks. That is four and a half months. Come September, if...

Developing Discipline


Posted by Rithu Lowry on

By Rithu Lowry -- I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling right now. I am on edge, anxious, scared, and angry. Not only because of COVID, but also because Barry lost his job mid-March. For years, I attempted to address stress with alcohol. I would drown myself with whatever wine...

"Vanishing Vows"

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

By Joyce Wachsmuth -- The title page of the the July/August 2020 edition of Christianity Today magazine caught my attention this past week. It stated, “Vanishing Vows” with the subtitle, “Can the church save what’s left of marriage?” Andy Olsen, managing editor of...

Summer Children's Ministry

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By Sally Bland -- I know that not being able to meet as a faith community is difficult. I want to take a moment to encourage you by sharing what God is doing in Children’s Ministry! As our church moved to online worship services, Children’s Ministry created online content for our...

God is Good


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By James Bland -- “God Is Good!” is a phrase heard in many elder meetings—especially this time of year. June is the month that the elders work with ministry leaders to finalize budgets for the next fiscal year. I continue to be amazed at how God provides for the ministries at...

Our Wicked Hearts


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By Wayne Williams -- “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives.”          ...

Bringing Justice, Bringing Jesus


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By Scott Nordlund -- What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God?- Micah 6:8 The Bible Project produced a helpful video about justice, righteousness, and how Jesus works through us to restore the oppressed. Although there is no...

Coping With the Pandemic...A Personal Look


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By Joyce Wachsmuth -- When we started this journey into the unknown of the coronavirus, personally, I thought it would be over in a few weeks. Weeks have now turned into months. If we had a chance to talk about this over coffee face to face, our sharing would be similar and different at the...

Gift of Community

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By Greg Lunsford -- Greetings! Is it crazy to think that we are almost half way through this incredibly unpredictable year? Maybe there is some hope in that of itself.   Something even more jarring is that means it has almost been 6 months since Lara, Ransom and I have joined the Greater...