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Just These Words… for July-August

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    “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 19 Just these lines to ‘ask’…. Have you attended an annual conference? As clergy, I have been attending the VA Annual Conference […]

    Just These Lines… for June

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      Just These Lines My Friends…. To say that Leslie D. Weatherhead’s timeless classic “The Will of God” is one of my favorite Christian writings.  Throughout my ministry, I have chosen to teach from it in each of the worship settings in which I have served. I was delighted to see that United Methodist Adam Hamilton […]

      Just These Lines… for May

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        What does God expect from us when it comes to the children?  I recently picked up a book by Chris Ritter, “Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids.”  I am preparing and looking forward to a preaching series on this topic coming up in June. For this article, allow me the gift […]

        Just These Lines… for April

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          Just These Lines My Friends, To say I am looking forward to many April blessings in worship and ministry. The month begins with the opportunity to attend this year’s Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer- the theme is God, How Would You Have Us to Pray?  The plenary speaker, Rev. Juanita Rasmus, is both a pastor and […]

          Just These Lines… for March.

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            Isaiah 58:6-7.  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see […]

            Just These Lines… for February

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              Just These Lines my friends to say….. Make Love your aim– is Apostle Paul’s summing up directive of 1 Corinthians 14. After his lofty poetic vision of love expressed in the 13th Chapter, Paul focuses in, making it real, in our lives, the church, and ultimately the world. Jesus is the source and center of […]

              From Pastor Deb: Just these lines for December…

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                Just these lines my friends to say… Are you an ‘Advent Christian’?  I’ve always loved Advent, and so does one of my favorite Christian authors Henri Nouwen.  He has written about ‘the spirituality of waiting.’  How will we mark the weeks of Advent this year?  How will we wait with hope? From “Waiting For God” […]

                November: Just these lines my friends, to say…

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                  Just these lines my friends, to say… God has blessed you….and made your life a blessing. God has chosen you…and called you His own. God has gifted you…and rejoices in all that you are. These are beautiful words that were shared with me recently in a card of blessing and affirmation.  They made me think […]

                  Just These Lines about our calling to be missionaries of hope….

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                    Just These Lines about our calling to be missionaries of hope… About five years ago, I had the gift of becoming a ‘salt water missionary’ for a short time, as a UMVIM mission volunteer in Recife, Brazil.  ‘Salt water missionary’ is an affectionate name for missionaries who travel from the United States to other countries, […]

                    Share Your Story

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                      God uses all things to move our hearts, and among the most powerful are personal stories.  Our Fall 2016 stewardship theme is Extravagant Generosity- the Heart of Giving.  We want to find opportunities in worship, in our small group ministries, and on our website to gather and share stories.  We are particularly looking for stories of […]