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Posts by Cathleen Courtois

A Chance Encounter

After taking communion I encountered a couple seated in the chairs, heads bowed, hands clasped together, and one praying over the other. Changing direction, I headed to the prayer candle table. My prayers of thanksgiving were: that people had been led to pause to turn burdens over to the power of God; that folks had…

reGift: Love

I recently read an article pointing out we are the difference-maker representing God to those just getting to know Jesus, or folks who can’t yet understand why we set aside what we have for the benefit of “church”. Think about it this way: Most folks acknowledge, or are at least aware of Jesus at Christmas…

Agent Lovelight

This past week, Mom and I found a bag of my sister’s clothing; I kept a couple items. Sunday, words from Saturday’s sermon rang in my memory “the light reveals things we couldn’t or didn’t want to see before”. A black shirt at home did not reveal what sunlight in the church parking lot did…

Giving Thanks!

I was blessed to participate in the Saturday Night Alive Thanksgiving Feast service this past weekend. As I thanked God for this unique worship experience and the people involved this is what I saw in my mind: Greeters: The “Welcome Mat” to our church offering a smile and an open door Meal: Donations of food…

If you attended 10:05 Worship this week (or have seen the post on our Facebook page) you were as blessed by our precious Heavenly Melodies group as the pastors for whom they sang. “Carry Your Candle” by Kathy Troccoli has long been a favorite of mine. As they sang, my mind went back to Infant…

Why Me?

I bet I’m not alone in posing that question. I have recorded a few steps in my faith journey. Looking back, I see times of struggle because I was doing it “on my own”. Away from worship, away from people who would pray with and for me, away from groups where others would share stories…

Please Forgive Me!

I was so excited to report that our pictorial directories were on their way! We set up volunteers, were ready to track received directories, and within minutes of handing out the first directory, a flaw was reported. I take the blame, and ask your forgiveness, for the mistakes in the printed portion. Corrected info inserts…

The Right Fit

Recently I completed a quilt comprised of embroidered hand-print squares. Arranging the quilt took placing all the pieces on the floor, standing back to see how they “fit”, then rearranging. Once completed the quilt looked better than I imagined. I thanked God for the time and the ability to complete this project. As I thought…

Be Our Guest!

At the close of each year, I take the Guest Cards we collect throughout the year, and do some tallying. Which service(s) guests attended, what town they’re from etc. The results of one category are particularly revealing. Out of the 29 who responded to the question: “How did you hear about us?”, 24 circled “Invited…