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Church Blog (Page 5)

Surprise!

I recently reached into the pocket of a coat I hadn’t worn since mid-December and discovered a surprise – a gift I had forgotten. The object was Mary, a piece from a nativity set. At the dinner I was attending when last wearing that coat, one of the hosts handed out pieces of the nativity…

Happy Voice

Years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt suspected many of the people around him weren’t really listening. So, one evening he decided to find out. As each person came up to shake his hand, he flashed a grin and said, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” People would automatically respond with comments like, “Keep up the good…

Offering Envelopes!!!!

Offering envelopes are a very vital part of our financial office! When you place your envelope in the offering plate (or by mailing it to us) you can guarantee efficiency for financial record keeping. We provide offering envelopes for non-electronic giving in our church. These are usually found by our community bulletin board with Starting…

Key to the Kingdom

In the Gospels, Jesus says: “You must become like little children to enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” I once heard a preacher say that children were welcome into the kingdom because of their natural innocence. Whoever said that obviously never had any children of their own. The reason I think Jesus picked children as…

Going On

When I was in high school, I went out for the basketball team because after years of playing in my driveway, I could dribble and shoot like a pro. Or, at least, I thought so. What I quickly discovered is that raw talent is no substitute for hard work and years of being coached. While…

A New Year

A couple of years ago, about a minute after midnight on New Year’s Eve, my brother laid claim to the New Year as “the Year of Brook.” Now, every year someone else makes the claim. My brother’s theory was that everything was going to go his way. Of course, he also has a theory that…

It Takes One to Make Change

Everyone has a relationship in their life that needs an uplift. It could be with your spouse, kids-young or grown, parents, family, friends and/or co-workers. Denis Waitley quotes, “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” It doesn’t take two to tango when…

Hallelujah

This past week I watched a video online of a Flash mob in the mall singing the Hallelujah Chorus. And it was, unexpectedly, a moving thing for me to hear and to watch. Shoppers, all milling about at the mall, doing their last minute Christmas shopping. And then over the hustle and bustle of the…

The Work of Christmas

Christmas is almost here! This coming weekend we will be having all four of our regular worship services and then a full slate of Christmas Eve services on Sunday afternoon and evening (see page two). It’s going to be a busy weekend! Afterwards, I plan to settle in for a “long winter’s nap” and enjoy…

Google Search!

Last week I was searching Google for images to use in potential Christmas Eve ads. One photo that lingers in my mind was that of a dog, tangled up in a string of Christmas lights. The caption I was proposing for the photo was “If this is what Christmas feels like to you, then join…