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One Red Tractor

Posted by Tim McConnell on

“Pastor Tim, why is there a tractor in my church?” Good question. A Different Agenda Do you have your to-do list made up? It’s Christmastime and we’re expected to get everything right. Are you “Seizing the Season”? Are you “Winning at Winter”?...

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Tags: advent, time for joy, red tractor

Christmas Joy

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We kicked off our new series Time for Joy this week as we roll toward Christmas in this season of expectation we call Advent. Joy is our theme, and joy is our witness to the world. In Christ, we find joy. It is no coincidence that one of the great gifts we give our city each year is a concert...

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Tags: e-blast, time for joy, worship

Advent Devotional Week 1: A Joy Exercise

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Meditation by Eunice McGarrahan, Pastor of Adult Education John 16:16-22 The disciples are thoroughly confused by their long conversation with Jesus (John 13-16). He's told them about His death, resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. They just don't understand it. They are...

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Tags: advent, time for joy, worship, advent devotionals 2018

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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Tags: e-blast, gentle, worship, time for joy