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O Come Again, Emmanuel

Although the author of O Come, O Come Emmanuel ambled into history as "anonymous," his poignant song has traveled from 12th century monasteries to modern-day hymnbooks. The mournful melody juxtaposed with the lyrical command to "rejoice" may strike some as peculiar, but for Christians, the song reaffirms our heart's deep desire for Christ's return, even in troubling times....

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Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas Traditions

I made spritz cookies the other day — those beautiful cookies that look like Christmas trees and taste like almonds and butter, sprinkled with colored sugar on top. For those of us of Scandanavian or Germanic background these cookies have been a holiday tradition for generations. However, spritz cookies are also notoriously difficult to make. The butter in the dough (an...

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Kids' Advent Reading Plan

Kids' Advent Reading Plan:Jesus Storybook Bible Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation. The word advent comes from the Latinadventus,which means coming. We wait with anticipation as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As we wait, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. We have a lot to be excited about. During this season we are celebrating that Jesus h...

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Not Only the Gospel

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together.  Stories: Micah V...

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Time Well-Spent

This past weekend, our leadership team took the opportunity to get out of town on a retreat together. We did this out of a desire have a healthy team, so that we may fully invest in serving our church community. As Pastor Craig mentioned last week, we are glad to serve a congregation who values this for its leadership. For this reason, we believe that this time proved itse...

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Tell Us Your Story: Andy McIlwrath

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together. Stories: Andy McIl...

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Relational Responsibility at Work

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together. Stories: Caleb Mel...

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7 Suggestions for Churches Meeting in a School

7 Suggestions for Churches Meeting in a School 1. Grow volunteersBeing in a borrowed facility forces the church to rely on lots of volunteer labor to set up and tear down each week. This can be stressful on people, but it also creates an opportunity to raise up new volunteer leadership. Our church would never happen without the countless hours of donated time, but in the ...

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Life on Life Discipleship

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together. Stories: Jon Merkl...

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God’s Good Gifts

Over the next several months we will be telling stories of the extraordinary work of God in normal people's lives. You will also get the chance to know some of our pastors and staff as they share their stories. If you have a story about how God is working in your life that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you and celebrate together.  Stories: Jon...

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