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Patience Anyone?

Posted on: Thursday, March 10th, 2016 @ 11:08 am

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Have you noticed how we all tend to struggle with waiting?  When we were little kids, Christmas day couldn’t come fast enough.  Minutes seem like days when you are waiting to open presents under the tree! Even during this time of year, we impatiently wait for winter to end. As we got older, simple childhood …

To Preach It Is To Live It!

Posted on: Friday, February 26th, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

I am a preacher, a term I have never preferred but which I cannot deny. I preach anywhere from two to six times a week during the year so I am a preacher. As a preacher I sometimes wonder if anyone is really listening, if the words register and then I am confronted by the …

I Am a Mainline Protestant Under the Age of 35. Yes, We Exist

Posted on: Sunday, October 25th, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

I Am a Mainline Protestant Under the Age of 35. Yes, We Exist. [1] By Olivia Whitener [2] 10-15-2015 Print [3] Image via Elena Kharichkina [4] / Shutterstock I am a Mainline Protestant under the age of 35. Yes, we exist. I spend (most of) my Sunday mornings sitting in a pew at an Evangelical Lutheran Church …

‘Life is Complicated: Handle with compassion’

Posted on: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

“Life’s complicated:  handle with compassion”   I wish I could claim this line but it is from Rev. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where I attended and from which I  graduated.  Yes, life is complicated and that is probably not something new to you.  Every day seems to prove this …

Don’t Quit! Keep Going!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 @ 8:14 am

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The following is a compilation of an article I recently read, along with my thoughts mixed in. Julie Fiery, Council President If you engage in Christian leadership for any length of time, you are going to have people problems. Put 10 or 15 adults together and what you might discover is that there will probably …

Rise Up – Rise Strong

Posted on: Monday, August 31st, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

Reverend Stan Steele

“We can’t be brave IN THE BIG WORLD WITHOUT AT LEAST one small safe place to WORK THROUGH our FEARS AND FALLS.” This quote is from a book I am reading and hoping to have a group of us read and discuss this fall, Rising Strong, by Brene Brown. We sometimes limit ourselves because of …

Making a Difference Through Micah’s Backpack

Posted on: Sunday, August 16th, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

The young man said to Him, “All these commands I have kept; what am I still lacking?”  Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven.  Come, follow Me.”   ~Matthew 19:20   Have you ever seen …

Pastoral Reflections: Member, Consumer, Disciple

Posted on: Monday, August 3rd, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

Reverend Stan Steele

I have been reflecting lately on the changing descriptions being used to describe our relationship to the Church.  For many years, we referred to those within the church as ‘members’ implying that as a member there was certain built in understandings of what we were to expect.  Similar to joining other organizations we were expected …

He’s My Dad

Posted on: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 @ 11:02 am

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6) NKJV  A pair of scientists and botanists were exploring in the Alps for some special kinds of flowers. One day they spied through their field glass, …

My Cup Overflows

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 @ 10:00 am

I usually think that “I’m a glass half full kinda girl”. However, these days my cup overflows. As I write this, we are preparing to travel to North Carolina for Mandy’s graduation and temporary move back home and within two weeks, we will be celebrating Andrew’s graduation as well as all the typical year-end celebratory …