Slow Down And Enjoy Mother’s Day

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This Sunday on Mother’s Day we will honor the women who do so much to care for our children or the children in their care. What a blessing and also what a lot of work! We will also look at the value of slowing down and getting rid of the unnecessary busyness in our life that causes so much stress and disconnects us from the good experiences of life.
Hope to see you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Wishing you peace

Growth Through Obstacles

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Often our efforts to make positive changes in our life are met with resistance or obstacles arise that challenge our resolve to take the next step. How can we gather strength and muster the fortitude to go on? The story of the Children of Israel trying to cross from the wilderness that they had wandered in for forty years into the Promised Land illustrates this type of challenge in our lives. Come and see how they made it across and what it tells us about our own journey.

Join us Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m.

Developing Good Habits

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We can keep doing the same things and keep getting the same results or we can try doing things differently – trying to develop new healthier habits. There are stories in the Bible that illustrate how to move into new habits and give us help with what to do to be strengthened in our efforts for change. Come this Sunday and let’s talk more about it.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Help For When We Feel Broken

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They say everyone is broken in one way or another–that we all have suffered pain or hurt that has left us damaged somehow. One of the things that we can do when we are hurt is to retreat or isolate so that we avoid more pain–building walls to defend ourselves. These walls don’t so much prevent pain from coming in as keep the pain from ever leaving. To find healing we need connection. Connection helps us to experience the love of God and others. Love heals. As we read in Isaiah 61 and as Jesus read in the synagogue in reference to Himself: “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.”

We hope you will come to the service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The Gift Of Uncertainty

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It seems that it would be good to know the future or be certain of what was going to happen next. Imagine what that would really be like–to be certain of these things. What would happen is that we would try to change the outcome or we might give up on making any effort since we knew what would happen anyway.

One of the gifts that God gives us is a feeling of self life. A feeling that we are in charge. And at the same time we are asked to acknowledge that all life is a gift from God and that God is the source of all that is good and true. Finding that balance in our life of living as if everything depends upon us and praying as if it all depends upon God can be tricky.

Next time you are feeling uncertain about something try to remember that it is a gift not to know ahead of time. Just like it is is a gift not to know exactly how things will unfold in a story before we read it. Then buckle up and enjoy the ride. You may be surprised to find that there is Someone leading you toward a greater state of happiness then you could have imagined or fashioned for yourself.

Please join us for worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

In The Bad Times God Is There

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It is easy to believe in God when life is going well and in the day light hours. But when things go wrong and we feel like the lights have gone out is God still present? Yes. God is always there even our darkest moments gently and persistently bending us towards what is good and happy, no matter what it may seem like at the time.

This Sunday we will talk about how to find God when the appearance is that He is not there. Please join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Living Gratefully, Part 4: Little Blessings Everywhere

daily-manna-banner-8Life can feel like a grind sometimes. When it feels that way how do we rise above those feelings of drudgery and scarcity and find contentment, peace and even joy? The answer lies within the story of the Children of Israel hungering for food on their wilderness journey and God giving them something they could gather daily and eat. What is it, you say? That’s what they said too. And that is what it is called, “what is it.” Or, as it sounds when spoken in their language, “manna.” Come and see what it means for you and me. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Living Gratefully, Part 3: Grateful That We Can Change

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We are in a series on Living Gratefully. We are looking especially at how God leads us to a life of happiness that is deep and lasting. That leadership is what is called the “Divine Providence”. This week we examine the ability we are given to change, and how we can hold that gratefully. If we are unhappy with life or our behavior and choices it is comforting to know that we can change. We will look into how we can, with God’s help, make lasting changes. It is good to know we can change. So let’s get on it!