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Dec 25th - Merry Christmas, First Christian Church Family!

May the hope, peace, joy and love of Christ be with you today. The celebration of his birth is a reminder of God's creative power and the new beginnings Christ makespossible. It can be easy to tie the significance of our Christmas celebration to things like family meals, parties with friends and road-trips to see the in-laws (who's turn is it this year!?).And since this y...

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Dec 16th - Thoughts from Peter

Presents are slowly beginning to appear under Christmas trees in some houses.Trips to Target seem more and more crowded lately.Just today I thought "shoot, Christmas is getting a little TOO close" as I realized there are things we need to get in the mail with enough time for the postal service to do their work.There is no doubt we are in the thick of December and the holid...

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Dec 9th - Thoughts from Peter

One of the gifts of Christian community is getting to enjoy life with one another. That, of course, has been harder than ever in the last year or so. Patience will be important in the coming months as we await distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine and the eventual mitigation of the virus that it will provide. We want your input for online events and gatheringstokeep us con...

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Nov 30th - Thoughts from Katherine

I am sure you have already rolled your eyes at #CyberMondaytoday, but if you find any good deals, send them my way. Tomorrow is a special day in the world of nonprofits, #GivingTuesday. As we enter a season of giving, may we continue to share in all the ways God has given to us. We continue to be incredibly grateful for all the ways you have given to our communityin 2020...

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Nov 26th - Thanksgiving Day Thoughts

On this Thanksgiving Day O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;    for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Take a deep breath. Give thanks to God. God's steadfast love endures, persists and lingers forever. In this very moment we have our life and breath as a gift of God. Whatever table you gather around today, breatheadeep breath of grati...

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Nov 25th - Thoughts from Peter

God of provision and care, We turn gratefully to you with full hearts. Your mercy and compassion sustain us in moments our own strength is insufficient. You draw us into relationship with one another for the sake of sharing your love. Soften our hearts so we may be more available when we discover others in circumstances of need. Through the movement of your spirit and you...

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Nov 23rd - Thoughts from Katherine

This time last year, my husband and I were living in a small, temporary apartment. I spent the whole Thanksgiving talking about, and looking forward to, hosting my first Thanksgiving at my new housefor Thanksgiving 2020. Just for a moment of perspective, no house hadeven been looked at or purchased at this time, but it was still the plan. My aunt hosted lastyearand she eve...

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Nov 18th - Thoughts from Peter

" for the least among all of you is the greatest." Jesus interrupts his disciples in the 9thchapter of Luke's gospel to explain how greatness really works. The argument among them was over who would get to ride shotgun next to Jesus. You can imagine one boasting they were thefirstto say yes when issued the call for disciples to follow him. Another is chiming in to make s...

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Nov 16th - Throughts from Katherine

It's not Christmas, yet! That's right, I am ready to take a stand on Christmasin November.Actually,it'snot evenAdvent yet.I tell you this, while enjoying a peppermint flavored coffeeand I would bedishonestto you if I said I hadn't enjoyed some soft Christmas tunes in my officethis week. For Lent, I always feel like Ihave toremindfolks to anticipate Easter, thedeeper you g...

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Nov. 11th - Thoughts from Peter

With just weeks to go until Thanksgiving, now is a marvelous time to begin itemizing in your head and in your heart the things for which you are grateful. We never quite know how life will materialize. We never quite know what's going to happen; it takes us by surprise and fills our lives with blessings. But,there are people and there are resources that have made our li...

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