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March 2020 - Perseverance

Perseverance Many years ago, we bought our house from a lovely couple who had grown children and a love of gardening. We moved in with toddlers and busy jobs, and slowly (mostly due to our inattention) the formal gardens in the back yard yielded to manageable lawn. But every spring, these bulbs pop up and give us a brief show of lush green and flowers, before eventually s...

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February 2020 - February is Valentine's

February is Valentine's February is Valentine's, which you might have noticed as every store is draped in red and pink and hearts. The pressure to do something for your loved ones is strong, be it a card or chocolate filled hearts or flowers. It seems a little fake, when the pressure comes from so many commercial sources. Then I came across this wonderful passage in a boo...

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President's Message - December 2019 - Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect I love Christmas. There is a magic about the season that always gets me, no matter what. As a child the magic was just there, anxiously counted down on the advent calendar. As an adult, I love helping to make it magic. It's harder to do this as my kids rapidly become adults, but we all still pretend, with knowing winks, that Santa has left them surpris...

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Give Thanks - November 2019

Give Thanks "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10) The start of November signals the beginning of the end of year frenzy - Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, family visitors, travel, and all the tasks associated with ending the year at work and school. And at St Johns we also add in our annual ...

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President's Blog - September 2019

Grow and Evolve Pastor Campbell shared with me a picture of what the inside of our organ looks like, now that its electronic guts and brains have been completely upgraded. There is a touch screen now, can you imagine? To translate the physical pumping of air through pipes from state of art electronics and a touch pad is truly amazing. It's annoying sometimes in life when...

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"Christian Growth" - Message from the President, May 2019

Recently, I had an interesting discussion concerning continued Christian growth. Yesterday, on the way to Lake Anna, my friend and I had a great chat about our kids, our hopes for their continued Christian growth as they transition from high school to college to adults, our churches and changes each of our churches are weathering, our pastors, and really everything in bet...

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Spring in Virginia - April 2019

Spring in Virginia is really amazing isn't it? The cherry blossoms and warm sunshine is always a marvel. I love getting out in the yard and fluffing up all the pots on the front porch (and my fluff, I mean, removing the dead stuff I've left out there all winter and planting new, living stuff). I love watching the trees along my drive home go from brown and plain to electr...

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President's Message - February 2019

Dearest Members of St Johns: We are incredibly blessed to have caring professionals in our front office Janet and Terri who are the engine that gets things done for St Johns. Pulling all the written products bulletins, Weekly Words, Messengers together smoothly is no easy task. I know you would not have a President's Message at all without Janet's kind reminders to me...

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December 2018 - President's Message

Dearest Members of St Johns: It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of the year 2019 is just around the corner! Thank you to all who attended our December 2nd Congregational Meeting. We had much to consider and I appreciate your time and attention. Our Minister of Finance, Angie Steins, has done incredible work preparing our budget that you approved for 20...

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