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Welcome to Lent!

Welcome to Lent!

Today is the first day of Lent. That is, the day I am writing this is Ash Wednesday. Unless you broke into my house and computer before this is published, you will be reading this sometime later. But, likely it is still early in the season of Lent. Why do we have liturgical seasons? We already have a calendar that we follow for life and work. Why do we need one for church? You'd think that when...

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In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term) We are certainly in the midst of winter these days. The temperature has dropped thanks to the polar vortex and we have “snow on snow on snow.” If you’re a winter person, you’re probably enjoying this change from the relatively mild winter we had last year. You may be taking advantage of the opportunities for skiing, making snow people...

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Our Work Remains

Our Work Remains

By Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister We have a new president. We have a new tone. We have a new national agenda. Our work remains. I suspect that for most Americans yesterday, inauguration day, was a refreshing ray of hope amid the ongoing challenges we face. I found it uplifting to hear a president speak with rationality, compassion, honesty, sincerity, unity, and civility. It stands in stark...

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A Change of Perspective

A Change of Perspective

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term) It’s a New Year! No matter that we’re only a few days past 2020, it does feel like a fresh start. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year? (Is anyone doing that this year?) If you did, have you kept them? Or are you finding them already broken? If you have made resolutions and are finding it hard to keep them, I hope you’re...

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Turn the page…

Turn the page…

By Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister Every year around this time all the TV stations usually come out with their “The Year in Review” shows that highlight all the major events of the past year. I seldom watch them because I lived through the year and feel I can probably remember the key moments most of the time. This year I haven’t seen any of those retrospectives advertised. This could be...

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Christmas Miracles

Christmas Miracles

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term) During the Christmas season, I gravitate toward books that have uplifting messages of love and hope. For my personal reading, I also tend to choose books with a Christmas theme or books set during the Christmas season. This year, I’ve been reading a series of books by Debbie Macomber featuring a character by the name of Emily Miracle,...

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