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Good Questions Provoke Curiosity

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

We are off and running into our new sermon series, Great Question. Jesus asked lots of questions of those around Him. In fact, He seemed much more interested in asking questions than giving answers. In the Gospels, Jesus is asked 183 questions. He answers three of them, and asks 307 questions...

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Tags: e-blast, great question

Surrounded by Love and Care

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One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works.They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds.They celebrate your abundant...

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As the Rain and Snow Fall

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As we prepare to enter the month of May, it’s good to get one final April snowfall on the ground! I’m reminded today of Isaiah’s words (55:10-11): “As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth…so is my word...

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Tags: e-blast, unstuck

Keep Growing!

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Our Growing Together Wednesdays program has come to an end, but we still have a great opportunity for learning next Wednesday night, April 3, in the Worship Center. Acclaimed author and blogger Amy Juila Becker will be with us for a special evening of inspiration entitled Small Talk...

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Tags: e-blast, the cross

New Colleagues in Ministry

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As we launch into the fall season, the Lord continues to lead us in new and exciting ways. We welcomed Floyd Sebald and Andy Morrison onto our staff in the past few weeks, and if you were at the Town Hall on Sunday evening you had a chance to meet them. Floyd joins us as the director of our new...

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Tags: e-blast, lord, worship

A New Season

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I love this time of year. Spring has sprung! The landscape is showing some green; the flowers are coming out. The smell of backyard grilling fills the evening air. Graduation notices fill our mailboxes. I was on a bike ride with my daughters this past weekend, and as we flew down the bike path...

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Tags: e-blast, who knows, worship

In the Beginning...

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

One of our core values in our ECO denomination is "Egalitarian Ministry: we believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group." As a church, we have a long history of recognizing the gifts of men and women in our midst and creating leadership spaces at all...

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Pray for our Leaders

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As we make our way through our Really? series, I hope our minds and hearts have been stirred with thoughtful questions and reflective insights. I hope we’ve been able to step into the shoes of others and try to see the Christian faith from a different perspective. I hope the question cards...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

On Behalf of the World

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As a young person at Fuller Seminary, I took a theology class with the late Dr. Ray Anderson. He was a thoughtful theologian and a gentle practitioner of his faith. I was a twenty-something finding my way in ministry and learning to more deeply hear the voice of God in my life. Those...

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Advent Devotional Week 1: No Brighter Deed

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday—the first Sunday in Advent! Starting this week, worship bulletins will be accompanied by this weekly Advent devotional. View worship bulletins >> Meditation by Jennifer Holz, Executive Pastor One of the most beloved Christmas characters of...

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Tags: brighter, worship, advent devotionals 2017

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