Notes From the Pastor

Brothers and Sisters

My identical triplet brothers and I were all kinds of trouble growing up. When I was 12 and the boys were 10 my sister Natalie was born. She was a feisty red head with a big heart, but that did not keep us from harassing her on a regular basis. Natalie was born with an […]

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Ash Wednesday

This week marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time where we prepare for the death and resurrection of Christ. Lent is the 40-day period that comes before Easter. It parallels the 40 days Christ spent in the desert before His ministry. The business of our lives often demands that we go and do, […]

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Suffering and Perseverance

For those of you that missed yesterday’s service, I hope you will go online and listen to the powerful words God spoke through Tracy Waal. Today I opened up Streams in the Dessert and was in awe at how the words of L.B. Cowman tied into yesterday’s sermon: “And I will make you ride on the heights […]

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Mission

For those of us who have served in leadership positions, we often have mantras that stick with us. For me it has been these two main points: Anything with two heads is a monster. If you don’t know where you are going, you are never going to get there. Mission is critical. It is vital to […]

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Who We Are

When I look in the mirror first thing in the morning, before coffee or make-up or talking, it is a pretty sad site. Swollen bags protrude from under my sleepy eyes and crows-feet announce “Rachel, you are older today than you were yesterday.” I go to the kitchen and sip coffee from my favorite mug that […]

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This Year: A New Year’s Blessing

May this year bring a newness of heart and mind that can only be found in Christ Jesus. May this year bring a peace that passes all understanding and a contentment of soul that penetrates to the very marrow of your being. May this year bring life and light, a light that is inextinguishable; a […]

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The Peace of God

The peace of God is not simply an anti-war mantra or a quietness of soul. Shalom is a peace the says “You are now whole.” It is a wholeness of body, mind, soul, and spirit; a wholeness in the relationship between God and His creation, and the relationship amongst all peoples of the earth. When […]

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Expectations

We all have expectations; a sense of what should be or what is to come. This week my mother is having back surgery. I expect that the surgeon had a formative education, that he knows what he is doing. I expect that my mom will be ok, that her surgery will go well and that […]

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A God of Hope

This picture was taken 4 years ago this week in eastern Ohio. It was early on a Wednesday morning at a little Panera restaurant. I don’t remember what I ate. I wasn’t really hungry. I am sure I had a cup of coffee or two; half dark roast, half hazelnut, because that is my Panera staple. If I […]

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A Thanksgiving Benediction

Go unto all the earth and be thankful  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good He has done great things for us Give Thanks Go unto all the earth and be love Give thanks to the Lord for He is love His faithful love has no end Give Thanks Go unto all the […]

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