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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. —Matthew 10:29-31 A number of years ago, I was...

View From The Office

So often, the ministry staff goes through routine weekly tasks taking care of responsibilities for the coming Sunday: recruiting volunteers for various roles, paying bills, preparing booklets of various kinds, preparing classes, writing articles, preparing sermons....

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me…” Psalm 23:4 Last August, our congregation welcomed Maelyn Delaney Opdahl as a newborn into our church family. As with all our newborns, this precious one was joyfully embraced, often...

Death of a Legend

Last Sunday as I was walking to the back of the auditorium having just finished preaching, my friend Brad showed me his cellphone with the headline, “Kobe Bryant dead in a helicopter accident.” My first response was “This can’t be true!” But very quickly, as the...

Coming Together

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” —Hebrews 10:24 The elders of this congregation meet regularly to discuss the health and well being of our church family and have decided that now is a good time for us to meet together in a...

Better Together

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller    Have you ever wondered why Jesus gathered his followers into a learning, serving, worshipping community? Didn’t Jesus know how difficult people are to get along with and how unappealing church...