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    Small Acts of Kindness

    05.04.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    We live next door to an awesome couple, Norm & Diane, who are among the kindest people I have ever known. One Christmas Eve, I heard a knock on the door and when I went to answer no one was there. I found a beautiful 3-Tiered cookie...


      05.02.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

      Springtime! The weather begins to warm up, the trees, plants, and flowers begin to bloom. Nature has a way of reminding us each year that life begins again. After the rain that came in April, my husband and I have been re-potting our succulents...

        Wisdom from an Oak Tree

        05.01.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

        One of my hobbies for the past almost ten years has been cultivating and training bonsai trees. I confess most of my trees are are very much “in-training,” growing in ugly plastic nursery pots before they’re ready for a nice...

          Baking Bread

          04.30.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

          Bread making is my thing. I love how the the dough feels between my hands as I kneed it and shape it into a loaf. I have not baked much lately. Flour has been one of the hot items during this pandemic it seems and almost impossible to buy in the...

            Our Future

            04.27.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

            I love to sit in my office at the church and hear the children playing outside. On this day, I am very grateful that our Children’s Growing Center was able to reopen to essential workers. This is a vital service we are providing this time...

              Hospitality Makeover

              04.26.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

              We are anxious to gather together, but it looks like we'll be practicing physical distancing that will limit our fellowship for a while. But when it is safe, we'll be ready! A lot has been happening on the campus while you have been away...

                One Snail

                04.25.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                One snail, many birds, An interest has returned, I watch the smallest of, The beauties of God’s making, No fist-bumps, hugs, nor high-fives, (sigh) Tho’ those things are missed, (indeed) If not for this quarantine, Sure to...

                  Dog Days

                  04.24.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                  Warning; this post is partial proud dog dad showing off cute pics. But in all seriousness as we enter week 5 of working from home and sheltering in place (according to Michael) I realize that I'm slowly turning into my dog. We were lucky to get...

                    Creative Reframes

                    04.23.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                    Good morning! This is Rev. Jessica Strysko, the Teaching Pastor of the Water's Edge Faith Community. I wanted to share a couple of images that I have found very useful during this season. Praying for you and yours, that you may know God's peace...

                      A Pandemic Poem

                      04.21.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                      WORLD HEALTH PANDEMIC Grieving now Loss of life Sickness ‘cross the Globe How’d we get here Zoom’s a Show Bats in China Normal Thing Wuhan, China Quarantine Washington Nursing Home Death’s doorstep Here We Go! NBA Shut it...