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A Listening Experiment…

A Listening Experiment…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister Take a moment and get comfortable. Before you read any further, make sure that you have 15 minutes to proceed. Or proceed, and then come back again when you have more time. Also, make sure that you have a piece of paper and a writing utensil. I prefer a pencil. Now, again, get comfortable, take a moment, and breath. Then, read on.   Imagine there are no...

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Making History in Context

Making History in Context

by Rev. Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting)   We are so blessed to be part of a church congregation that is happy, healthy, and growing! In a season of the Church when many churches are shrinking and closing, we are fortunate. Our success as a congregation is no accident. It is the result of intentional ministry and investment of time, talent and financial gifts. There is a formula for...

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Reboot Church

Reboot Church

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister If you have ever reached out to someone for technical support for your computer, or really any other electronic device, the first question you likely heard is, “Have you tried turning your system off and back on again?” This is sensible advice. It’s called rebooting your system and what it does is it returns all of your system settings, hardware and software,...

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Where Are We?

Where Are We?

by Rev. Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting)   When I was a kid I loved school. August, for me, is a time of great excitement. It is a time of planning and organizing. It is a time of preparation. I love the smell of fresh pencils and notebooks. And anyone who has gotten to know me can attest to my love for planners, stickers, and scented markers. I love the flow of the academic year on a...

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Taking a Week to Listen…

Taking a Week to Listen…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister Right now, as you read this, I'm taking a bit of vacation. We are visiting Elizabeth's family to celebrate her father's birthday. As I write this the day before we leave, I am hoping it will be a good time, filled with laughter and reconnection. Some family we haven't seen in years and many of the cousins haven't gotten together since they were little (and now...

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Grounding

Grounding

by Rev. Racquel Ray, Assoc. Minister (Acting)   You may have heard that because of last month’s electrical storm in our area, several of our church’s electronic components were damaged (and since repaired). Lightning struck so near to our church, seeking ground, that it traversed our building. Animals are said to ‘go to ground’ when they sense danger. Grounding is also a physiological...

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