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    Happy Mother's Day

    05.09.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

    At our church we have many women in leadership. We have: Our Lead Pastor. A Mother. The Teaching Pastor of the Water’s Edge Faith Community. A Mother. Our Pastor of Justice and Compassion. A Mother. The Pastor of Congregational Care. A...

      Take Care of Your Light

      05.08.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

      In Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection, she offers a practice that I’ve found helpful during this quarantine. It’s called Vowel Check: AEIOUY A = Have I been Abstinent today? (Taken a break from social media...

        Friendship

        05.05.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

        Most of us have read or seen movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and C.S. Lewis’, The Chronicles of Narnia. Did you know Tolkien and Lewis were friends? The Trinity Forum* recently sponsored an online...

          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...

            Springtime

            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...

                  Comfort Words by St. Augustine

                  04.29.20 | Stories | Stories of Hope

                  May these words from St. Augustine give us comfort during this pandemic: Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary...

                    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...

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