Monday Mornings

Do not be afraid

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Last spring, Wall Street Journal columnist Howard Blum reflected on his children growing up in the shadows of Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombing as part of Generation Lock Down.  His description of a world with walls designed to keep out those who do not belong,  lock down...

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Stepping out in faith

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Eight and a half years ago, one of my mentors, Cheryl Olsen, called and asked if I would consider coming to Kids Camp that summer to lead arts and crafts. I had not been been to Kids Camp before, and my only United Methodist camp experience had been one week of camp when I was in high school...

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The Days of Summer

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I love summer.  I love the long warm days and the relaxed attitude.  I love the time to be with family and friends and to explore the world around us.  And I love that my job is so much fun in the summer with exciting programs, creative learning, and opportunities to utilize my...

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Wrapped in God's Love

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Almost 10 years ago, I taught myself to crochet as a challenge.  I came across a crochet pattern and it seemed like it was written in a code I couldn't understand so I decided to crack the code.  Well, it turned into a hobby that kept my hands busy and my mind alert while watching TV...

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Shaving cream and cheese doodles

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Have you ever felt like we're still in middle school?  Do you remember what early adolescence felt like?  We each thought everyone was watching us all the time and judging us on the miniscule details of our outward appearance, social choices and personal characteristics.  We had a...

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Believe...

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I am driving to work last week and I hear the following radio ad... "Believe...in a cause, in a movement, in a miracle.  Believe in something beyond belief, beyond your wildest dreams.  Believe in a long shot, in a leap of faith.  Believe in something bigger." As I listen, I am...

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Shoebox Church

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In Sunday School this week, we started a new unit all about the church.  The preschool and Kindergarten class began making a church in a shoebox using pipe cleaners, playdough and other assorted craft supplies.  They talked about the different parts of the church, especially thinking...

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Ready to celebrate

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A few years ago, I heard someone suggest that palms were probably just the weeds on the side of the road when Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  They hadn't planned a parade - it just sort of happened when they heard Jesus was coming, and they grabbed whatever was available to praise their choisen...

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Playing in the Street

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We are preparing for an intergenerational mission trip to Mexico this summer where we will build houses for Amor Ministries.  This Sunday, we have our first mission team meeting with the families and individuals who have decided to join this adventure.  I am eager to find out who all...

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Encouraging words

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For some reason, yesterday was a high energy day with all of our kids.  They really wanted to be running and playing and goofing around - which didn't always make for an easy Sunday School lesson.  (Be sure to thank your child's Sunday School teacher!) In the midst of the springtime...

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