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Dec. 23, 2013

Getting Lost in the Holidays

A blog post by Rachel Schwenke Last Sunday, as I was attending to the craziness of Sunday mornings with youth and parents gathered round, I lost track of my 3 year old daughter Lily at church. At first, I just assumed she was playing with the other kids in the lobby or dining hall. Then I broadened the search to
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Dec. 19, 2013

Christmas and December 26th

A blog post by Brigette Weier At the beginning of December every year, alongside bills, advertisements, endless catalogs, and credit offers, we start to receive Christmas cards from family, friends, and people we can’t remember how we know. It’s always fun to get anything other than bills, so going to the mailbox takes on the air of a mini retreat
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Dec. 05, 2013

Why Worship during Advent

A blog post by Timothy Siburg Image Credit: Advent Wreath by Chris Wolff on Flickr The Centrality of Worship Worship is central to the church’s practice and understanding of who it is. We worship to praise and give thanks to God. In worship we join together as the body of Christ in song and the Word. We remember God’s promises
Sep. 03, 2013

Hey, Church: Time for a Makeover?

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   Last year when I was taking a class on revitalizing churches, we read Diana Butler Bass’ book Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church
Jul. 08, 2013

Keeping Christmas

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   Now that Christmas is over, way over, can we please talk about Christmas?  I hold this idea that if something actually matters, you will talk about it
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Dec. 20, 2012

Immanuel

By Julie Hagen Christmas is quickly approaching and the to-do list that might otherwise stress me out, seems somewhat insignificant this year.  Instead of finishing my end of year budget at work and wrapping gifts at home, I’ve been reading stories of children, teachers and administrators whose lives were all cut too short.  Our lives have been rocked by the death