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20
May 2019
Knock, Knock...

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7) Brothers and sisters, I am afraid that when the world hears those words and comes knocking on the doors of the faith – of Christianity, of the church -to find out just what Jesus has to offer, the church closes the doors that God has promised shall be opened. And in so doing, we are fighting against the will of God. We are disobeying. We are standing in......

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14
May 2019
Mothers and the Church, part 3

Today we share a story of another beloved mother at Hood Memorial. We can learn from the stories of mothers along our faith journey. These are women and mothers in our church family who helped shape the faith of their own children or others around them. As a part of our 130th year of ministry in Dunn, we have collected stories and memories of women whose legacy and influence of faith continues through the ministry and work of our church family.  We wanted to share these stories with our church family in......

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13
May 2019
Mothers and the Church, part 2

Today’s blog continues our short series on mothers of the church. We share stories of mothers along our faith journey–women and mothers in our church family who helped shape the faith of their own children or others around them. Also, in honor of our 130th year of ministry in Dunn, we have collected stories and memories of women whose legacy and influence of faith continues through the ministry and work of our church family.  We wanted to share these stories with our church family in our gratitude for all they contributed to strengthen......

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07
May 2019
Mothers and the Church

Today’s blog serves to honor God in two ways.  In honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, we are going to be sharing stories of mothers along our faith journey–women and mothers in our church family who helped shape the faith of their own children or others around them. In honor of our 130th year of ministry in Dunn, the anniversary planning team wanted to collect stories and memories of people whose legacy and influence of faith lives on through the ministry and work of our church family.  We wanted to share these stories......

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31
Oct 2018
All Saints' Day

This Sunday in worship, we will ask two questions: What does gratitude mean? Who are the saints in your life for whom you are grateful? Jason will spend a few moments looking at what Biblical meanings and understandings of gratitude.  We will reflect on the truth behind the word gratitude. Secondly, on Sunday we will remember All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ Day is a celebration in the Church’s life that honors and remembers those people that been a part of our lives and influenced us in our life with Christ, but have now......

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10
Sep 2018
Dancing in the Rain

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Jason and I had lunch today with a fellow Disciples of Christ pastor.  We were energized as we shared with her all of the wonderful things happening at Hood Memorial.  It feels like we are dancing…I believe it is the movement of the Holy Spirit.  From the fresh new look of new carpet to great conversation during our small group interest meeting, the Holy Spirit is at work.  Even in this week where we expect......

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05
Sep 2018
Life Is Better In Groups

Last year about this time, we kicked of a series called Freeway and encouraged everyone to participate in a small group during the series. We had great feedback from folks about small groups. In fact, one of our new small groups kept meeting all year long! Many of you have been asking about joining an ongoing small group. So, here we go! This Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 pm, Pastor Joanie and I are hosting a small group kickoff gathering at Hood. Anyone and everyone is invited. Maybe you already are part......

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20
Aug 2018
In All Things Love

One of my favorite slogans adopted by Disciples of Christ is this: In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity* * Charity is sometimes replaced with the word Love: In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love. This saying dates back to at least the 1600s in Germany among Lutheran and Reformed Christians. Leaders of the Stone-Campbell Movement used this as a slogan in the mid-1800s to describe their convictions, and it has since become a mark of identity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Of course even......

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10
Jul 2018
Hood Is...

Why do you love Hood Memorial Christian Church…? What is Hood to you…? This week we are putting together a short video (2-3 minutes) about our church. We want to know all your warm fuzzy feelings about our  church family! How is Hood special to you? What is your experience as part of our church family? What has Hood meant to you over the years? How has Hood helped you through parts of your life? What (or who) in our church has touched you in meaningful ways? So, all you have to......

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25
Jun 2018
Better Together

Have you ever tried to tackle a problem by yourself? I have a history of doing so. In school instead of studying in a group, I would typically do things on my own. I have always liked to take projects on by myself. I like the satisfaction of doing something with my own hands from start to finish. I sometimes feel bad about inconveniencing others by pulling them in to my work. I often underestimate the real amount of work needed to complete a task thinking I can handle it quickly only......

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