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Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land

In one of the final scenes of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish residents of the poor Russian village of Anatevka are told they have three days to pack up their belongings, sell their homes and goods, and leave. As the villagers congregate, they wax...

Character Development

Lucy: “Look at it this way Charlie Brown… we learn more from losing than we do from winning.” Charlie Brown: “That makes me the smartest person in the world!!”  — Charles Schultz How do we humans become better people? What are the processes by which we may grow,...

Thanks For This Wonderful Gift!

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” —Henri Nouwen Three weeks ago, Carrie and I returned from a semester in Italy. Carrie taught for Pepperdine...

The Wisdom of Mom

In the eighth grade, I told my buddy Roy about a crush I had on a girl named Terri. Roy then betrayed that confidence and went to Terri to reveal my secret feelings, to which Terri made a sarcastic and dismissive comment. When Roy shared her response with me, I was...
Kindergarten Blessing

Kindergarten Blessing

Our Kindergarten Blessing Celebration took place on August 25 at 5pm at the church building.  All children entering kindergarten and their families were invited to come and celebrate this wonderful new beginning with a potluck dinner followed by a family blessing time...