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Season's Affections

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I saw a story on the news the other night about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It happens when the lack of sunshine and time spent outdoors starts to impact your emotions negatively. I first heard of this phenomenon when I was living in Chicago for college. Winters in Chicago, as I...

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Gratitude is Good for You

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Gratitude is good for you, even if Thanksgiving dinner is not! The meal may put on a few extra pounds you didn’t need, but the exercise of thanksgiving is very healthy. Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday. This is not a part of our "liturgical" church calendar. It is not a remembrance...

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Drink Fluids

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It is cold and flu season. This is the time of year we keep telling each other to drink fluids. Or if you want to be more aggressive: “push fluids.” That sounds a little intense to me. But fluids are the answer. If you feel a cold coming on, drink fluids. If you have a cold, drink...

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The Allure of Gentleness

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today we exercise our right to vote. I hope you have taken time to pray and consider how to use your vote to raise up inspiring leaders. We can be grateful for a nation that lives free, chooses its own leadership through the democratic process and works together for the common good. The fruit of...

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A Spirit of Gentleness

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> This Sunday we begin our new series, Gentle. Gentleness is one fruit of the Spirit that we may not haven given a lot of thought to. With Pastor Tim McConnell, we'll take a long look at what it means to be gentle and...

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Bearing Fruit

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I am grateful for the response this week to our annual call for giving commitments and pledges toward the work of the Lord here in the coming year. We had a Commitment Sunday this week, taking in commitment cards and encouraging one another to trust the Lord as Lord of our Resources. We are...

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