How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Emulating the Joy-Givers

  This week, we mourn the loss of Ron Keefer and give him a send-off to his heavenly home. Unbeknownst to each other, Steve Balas and I simultaneously began drafting our own blogs the day the news of Ron’s passing was announced. The church office was somber and downcast, as...

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Ron Keefer

I had a busy day ahead of me last Thursday morning so, as I went about my morning routine I busied my brain with efficiently piecing tasks together and making a plan. I sat down at my computer to check my email before leaving the house, to see if there...

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Easter Traditions

The Bible certainly does not make mention of any cotton tailed, long-eared creature who delivers candy and decorated eggs to children on Easter. With my children’s curiosity growing, I wanted to know for myself how and why Easter traditions morphed into the holiday we celebrate today. The Easter bunny has...

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Goodbye and Thanks!

This was my last week serving as the Interim Children and Family Director for you. I came into this position through the suggestion of Lou and really without expectations of any kind. Through this experience I have had the opportunity to get to know many wonderful individuals within the congregation...

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Meet My Niece, BethAnn

My older brother, Glenn, and his wife, Linda, raised four amazing children! It was always a joy-filled experience to visit their home where it constantly bustled with activity, fun, laughter, and full of the presence of God. They all obviously loved because they were first loved by God! It wasn’t...

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Where It’s Green there is Water

There was once a dry land, arid and harsh. People scratched out a hard living in this hostile world. The only clean water was dew that some collected and sold in the city square. Then one day a Man appeared next to the dew sellers. He said, “I have come...

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Just Breathe

This week I get the pleasure of attending a women’s development conference. I have been looking forward to this time of renewal and anticipated the hope of new friends and amazing fellowship for the last few months! During this time I was asked to read a couple of books (The...

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Church Shoes

Author Unknown   I showered and shaved, I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat in a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes. I saw the shoe of the man next to me touching my own, I sighed.   ‘With plenty...

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Excessive Apology and Prayer

My friend Ruth never learned how to drive, and her 85-year-old body had begun to slow her down from the extensive walking she had always previously enjoyed. Years ago, a friend of ours from our Sitka church passed away. No problem: I’d pick Ruth up when I drove by her...

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A Shameless Plug

What is it about God’s children gathering together that transcends the ordinary? Even when it feels a little awkward or uncomfortable, it still makes me glow to spend time eating, and fellowshipping, and worshipping with other believers – even if I barely know them. And I am a shy person....

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