Weekly Ponderings

June 2016

Listening Thoroughly

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In 2003, members of our church went on a short term mission trip to Eastern Europe, including Romania.  It was a deeply moving experience for individuals like Jeanne and Paul Banyascki, Barb and Boyd Myers and others who participated in the trip.  Since 2003, our church has partnered with the Hungarian Baptist Church of Satu Mare, Romania through our mission giving.  Our mission giving is used as scholarships so children can attend a Christian...


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Responding to Hate

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Sunday, I woke up to a newsfeed on my phone from NPR with a headline of another mass shooting. It wasn't until after our worship service, a little later on Sunday, when I learned additional details of the massacre at the Pulse Night Club. Feelings of horror and despair washed over me. On Tuesday, I read about Akyra Murray. She was one of the victims that Omar Mateen murdered. Once again feelings of grief and sadness overpowered me. I mourned the death...


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Invitations to Celebrations!

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I hope this email finds you well and I look forward to seeing everyone this coming Sunday.  There are a number of celebrations happening this Sunday during our worship service and following. First, we will celebrate this past year of Christian Education.  Of particular interest to me is hearing from our children via a video what they have learned this past year.  In addition to this, we will have an opportunity to recognize those who...


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