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Why Renovate?

Many churches have found, architectural decisions can make or break a church renovation goal of creating a sense of community. Both interior and exterior design choices affect how people interact during worship and whether church neighbors feel welcome. Community used to mean almost exclusively those people who lived in proximity to us. But today, people talk about a community as a group of people who share an interest, or the Christian community. There’s no expectation that these community...

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The Redemption of Scrooge

Go from “Bah, Humbug!” to a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas. Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for...

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Angel Tree

What Is The Angel Tree Program? Angel Tree is a Christmas assistance program that provides gifts of new clothing and toys to thousands of children, ages 0-12. Children’s clothing sizes and special needs are collected and transferred to paper angels including the child’s name, age, and sex to get adopted.

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Be Thankful in a Different Way

Consider starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. As November rolls around each year, we constantly hear the importance of developing a spirit of gratitude yet it isn’t always that simple. Consider walking the walk – practicing what we preach. DO something!

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Reformation 500

The Reformation was not about anything new, but about returning to the unchanged and unchanging truth. So it still is today. The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is not a time for novelty. It is time to return. Return to the truth. Return to the basics. Return to the foundation. Do you remember the Small Catechism? Many of us were made to memorize the catechism (or at least part of it) during our confirmation classes. Some of us might have even suffered through a public...

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Where Can You Find Shelter?

Here we are in that time of the year when storms come upon us often. We find that the weather person on the local news program is more important to us. If they say, grab your umbrella or raincoat we pay attention. Rain storms, thunderstorms, windstorms, tornados, storms of all kind cluster into this season of the year. We understand that is just the way it is with the weather; storms come, and you prepare for them as best you can. Life goes on.

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School starts soon - Are your children ready?

Can the church help you prepare your child for school? Kids face experiences during the school year that may be new, and sometimes stressful, for them. Here are five suggestions to help you pray with your child, offering them comfort and hope.

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Vacation is over, now it's back to church!

Vacation has filled the entire summer.  It's the end of August, Labor Day is just around the corner, it's time to get back into a normal routine. I'd like to go back to church next Sunday, but I would feel totally lost. I have no idea what's been going on there. It would be easier just to stay home and get caught up on laundry. Maybe we'll try again the following Sunday.

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