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From Josh Stewart | March 29, 2017

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Dear friends,  On Sunday, Karl preached another penetrating sermon in his current sermon series.  This one was about forgiveness in the story of John 8.1-11. Personally, I find the best sermons draw me back to cracking open the Bible and rereading stories and rethinking its meaning...

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From Michael Waschevski | March 15, 2017

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Dear friends, Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I imagine for some the themes of repentance, humility, and mortality seem heavy and dark. And I admit, they can be. They also, for me, invite deep reflection on my humanity and what it means to understand my humanity as a child of God. Henri...

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From Karl Travis | March 8, 2017

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Friends, Being a parent brings many joys and responsibilities, among them encouraging children to do their best in school. These days, tracking a kid’s grades is marvelously easy. It’s a computer click away. My parents waited for six week report cards. Now, I simply open a special...

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From Josh Stewart | March 1, 2017

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Dear friends,  As we begin another season of Lent today, many people commit to spiritual disciplines in order to grow closer to God and to prepare for Easter. Oftentimes, this involves giving up something of importance in your life (i.e. chocolate, Netflix, etc.) or adding a positive...

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From Michael Waschevski | February 15, 2017

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Dear friends,  Each third Sunday of the month a contemplative service is held at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Unique among our other worship services, this service is in the style of the Taize community (France). Scripture, prayer, and short  repetitive songs sung by the congregation...

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From Karl Travis | February 8, 2017

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many of our minds rush towards romantic love. For those who are partnered or who want to be, Valentine’s Day is a chocolate opportunity to affirm our affection and to say those things we would be wise and loving to say all year around...

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From Robyn Michalove | February 1, 2017

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Dear Friends: Michael, Leah, Amy and I just returned from a few days at the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators conference in Denver, Colorado. We enjoyed learning about new insights in ministry as well as worshiping with hundreds of Presbyterians from across the country. ...

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From Karl Travis | January 18, 2017

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     If I titled newsletter columns, this one might be called “Confessions of a Political Junky.” My undergraduate degree is in political science. I have an Honours Degree in Christian Ethics and Applied Theology from the University of Edinburgh. I went to Scotland...

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From Michael Waschevski | January 11, 2017

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Dear Friends: This Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year.  At the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services we are ordaining and installing ruling elders. (Last week we installed a previously ordained elder at 8 a.m.)  Our Presbyterian understanding of ordination is not about...

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From Karl Travis | January 4, 2017

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If December is about shopping lists, January is about thank you lists. Beautiful gratitude overwhelm us – gratitude for gifts lovingly chosen, gratitude for generosities sacrificially shared, gratitude for relationships tenderly nourished. As a pastor, I feel these things intensely as we...

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