A Word from the Christian Education Ministry

The Christian Education (CE) Ministry is looking forward to a great start to the upcoming school year! Volunteers will be painting the Sunday School rooms this summer to brighten up the space. Everyone will then be invited to a special Blessing of the Sunday School rooms, children, and volunteers in

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, On the afternoon of June 19, I read a Facebook message from Schmaltz Deli, saying they’d been the victims of a hate crime. Someone had painted an antisemitic message on the restaurant in front of their store at Ogden and Naper Blvd. I was upset, and shared my

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A Word from the Community Life Ministry

Welcome to summer! As a parent of school-aged children, I find that summer is a wonderful break from the pressures of the school year— early mornings, homework, and extra-curricular activities. I appreciate the time to relax more, connect more, and play more with my family. Our Community Life Ministry has planned

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, I know this may come as a shock to you, but we humans have a tendency to get anxious about things. Even the simple things—like being in a hurry to get somewhere, or a disagreement on the proper way to load the dishwasher. And we get really frustrated,

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, It is time again for Confirmation! This year we have two wonderful young people who’ve agreed to be confirmed and join the church. They have spent the past year learning more about our faith tradition. We started with Jesus, and God, then learned about Christian history, spiritual practices,

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, We recently celebrated Mother’s Day at our house, as, I’m sure, many of you did as well. The holiday comes with mixed emotions for many. Perhaps you recently lost your mother, or you may have some conflict with your mother or children. Women who don’t or aren’t able

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, While in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, we met with two activists who are working on immigration issues. One of them was born in Mexico, but her family moved to Phoenix when she was an adolescent. (I’m guessing she’s now in her late 20s.) She has qualified

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A Word from the Missions and Social Action Ministry

Well, your generosity helped us exceed our expectations! I had mentioned last year that we wanted to help settle and befriend one refugee from Syria. In partnership with World Relief and your generous donations, we have been able to help two families. Our two Good Neighbor Teams have been tirelessly working since December to

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, If you haven’t already heard, I’m happy to share with you that Leah Kabira passed her Ecclesiastical Council on Sunday! The next step for Leah is to begin searching for a pastoral position with a local church. Once a church calls her to be their pastor, she will

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, Now that Lent is over, I’m now able to break my fasting from screens after 8:00 p.m. I predicted that it was going to be really hard for me. I’m fairly addicted to my phone, especially. And I find it easier to get lost in Netflix than a book,

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