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February 2020 - What's Next?

"What's Next?" The presidential impeachment trial, Iowa caucus confusion, the coronavirus, the wildfires in Australia, the winter that was not we live in strange times. What's next? Sometimes we ask that question from a perspective of exasperated frustration: What's next??!! We wonder (maybe even fear) what other weird things may come our way. But we can ask that same qu...

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December 2019 - Ready or Not, Here I Come

"Ready or Not, Here I Come!" The busy month of December is here shopping, decorating, parties, concerts, family gatherings. There's a lot crammed into a short period of time, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. There is so much going on! I often hear people ask, "Are you ready for Christmas?" My standard response goes like this: "The good news about Christmas is that w...

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November 2019 - Thanksgiving Thoughts

"Thanksgiving Thoughts" The month of November signals the approach of our national day of Thanksgiving. This year, that celebration falls rather late in the month on Thursday, November 28. People will be traveling near and far to join family and friends around tables laden with wonderful food that we associate with this holiday: roast turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes ...

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October 2019 - Managing All of Life

"Managing All of Life" In many congregations (my own included), the fall season brings with it the annual stewardship campaign that leads into budget formation for the coming year. This provides funding for ministries, staff salaries, outreach support, and much more. This annual occurrence becomes an opportunity for preaching and teaching not just on financial stewarding...

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Pastor's Blog - September 2019

Worship is central to the life of Christ's people. It is a privilege and a joy to gather around God's gifts of Word and Sacrament where we receive forgiveness, life, and salvation, as well as strength for our journey of faith. All of this is done together with fellow believers in worship services that take place each week, primarily on Sunday as the weekly celebration of J...

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"Semesters" - Message from the Pastor

"Semesters" The month of June means the end of the spring semester as the school year finishes up here in Northern Virginia. Students and teachers are more than ready for the summer break! As the summer season stretches out before us, we look forward to a more relaxed schedule, travel, family gatherings, and vacations. I have an interest in word origins where they come ...

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"Milestones" - Message from the Pastor, May 2019

This month marks the college graduation of my twin daughters. Of course, we will all be there to cheer them on and celebrate this major milestone in life. This will be three of my four daughters who have now finished college woo hoo! Just recently, a former member sent a note with several photos of my girls when they were about eight years old. Of course, these pictures ...

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April Is Here - April 2019

"So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable" (1 Corinthians 15:42). April is here, winter is behind us, and spring weather is beckoning us to come out and play. I am itching to be outside and work in my garden, especially on a bright and sunny day like today. The spring season brings with it a bursting forth of ...

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From the Pastor's Desk - February 2019

"Her children rise up and call her blessed" (Proverbs 31:28). These words filled my heart and mind last month as my 96-year-old mom peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on Sunday afternoon, January 20. All of her ninety-six years were spent in or around my little home town in Iowa. This is where she was born, and this is where she died. That is pretty amazing in and of itself i...

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December 2018 - From the Pastor's Desk

Welcoming the Christmas Guest It's that time of year when we can expect company in our homes family and friends may come from near and far to stay with us over the holidays. The reverse might also be true: we may be guests in someone else's home over the Christmas season. There is a difference between guests and visitors. Guests are people for whom we are preparing and...

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November 2018 - Giving Thanks

November a month that includes both religious and civic observances: the festival of All Saints at the beginning of the month, mid-term elections that will bring to a blessed conclusion all of the mud-slinging campaign ads, and the Thanksgiving holiday when people come together and offer thanks for blessings received. Regardless of our political affiliation or where we st...

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