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Sep 2018
Mission: Clean-up Buckets

Friends, We continue to pray and reach out to those most effected by Hurricane Florence.  Many have been asking what we can do.  As a congregation, we are going to work with the Week of Compassion and Church World Service efforts for hurricane relief.  We are working on putting together Emergency Clean-up buckets and our children’s class will help assemble them.  Our goal is to complete 25 buckets to send to the coast.  These buckets are pretty extensive, so we will need your help in providing the items and equipment needed to......

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12
Sep 2018
Preparations. . .

. . .I will be with you. -Isaiah 43:2 We hope you have all the water and bread you may need.  We hope you have stored up lots of peanut butter and jelly.  We hope you have your batteries and candles ready.  We hope you have a plan for communication if the power goes out.  We hope you have tied down all swings and outdoor furniture.  We know each of you have your own checklists.  We encourage and invite you to check out this website with last minute tips and hints about......

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11
Sep 2018
Pulling Together

I remember exactly where I was when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I was student teaching at Trinity Middle School in Washington, PA. I had been at school only a short time when the attacks happened. I remember gathering with teachers in the lounge watching the TV. I remember everyone in the school coming together to reassure and support the students. And then another plane crashed less than two hours from us in Somerset County, PA. Panic among students and parents ensued. And what happened next was......

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04
Sep 2018
Back to the New Testament: Romans

No excuses!  The truth is I didn’t finish the New Testament in six months.  I got behind and almost gave up.  After a conversation or two, I realized there were a few others who may have gotten behind in the readings.  So, let’s pick up where we left off and continue reading through the New Testament.  We can do this together…and we still have a lot to learn. We are picking back up with Romans.  As you begin to reread the letter Paul wrote to the early believers in Rome, consider what......

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21
Aug 2018
A Prayer for Light

This morning, I will be leading prayer for the region (North Carolina Disciples of Christ) via conference call.  I wanted to offer this prayer to each of you as well…I pray for our church and community that we may continue to seek God’s light in the darkness. In the style of Lection divina (or Divine Reading), this morning I invite you to pray the scriptures along with me.  In addition, if you have a candle nearby, take a moment and light it and place it next to you.  Allow this candle to......

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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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09
Aug 2018
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene.  She is probably one of the more well-known characters from the New Testament.  However, I wonder how of her popularity is due to her appearances in the gospel stories and how much of her popularity is contributed to artwork and ideas and fictional stories that have appeared over the course of the last few centuries. On Sunday, we return to the Biblical accounts of Mary Magdalene. So in preparation for Sunday, get your wheels spinning.  Think about Mary Magdalene. Reflect on what you really know about her. Who is she? ......

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31
May 2018
The Stories in Acts

For those of you who are reading through the New Testament with me, how is it going?  I have been a little slow, but will start the book of Romans next week. So, I spend a little time reflecting on Acts. Reading through the book of Acts has given me an idea.  What if we compiled a book of stories from members of Hood Memorial Christian Church?  What if each member shared a story of one of the most raw, life-changing spiritual experiences you have had?  How much could we learn from......

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15
May 2018
Mother God-giving birth

You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.  Deuteronomy 32:18 For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.  Isaiah 42:14 Amy Marga, associate professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, suggests that the motherly images of God in the Bible–take us through all the motions of a mother’s work—beginning with the labor pains of birthing a child.  And I am......

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07
May 2018
The Struggle

This week we have been finishing up the gospel of John in our sixth month New Testament reading journey. One of the things that has stood out to me this time I have read through the gospel of John is how much Jesus seems to struggle.   Think about these images of struggle in John’s gospel: Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles with his mother: “My hour has not yet come.” (v.4) Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles to make the temple pure again: “Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!” (v.16) Chapter 5 –......

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