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View from the Balcony

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It was  time once again to climb into the church balcony (if we had one) to see the big picture of our church. On March 17 we had the opportunity to host a Veritas workshop. Jon Kramka, from the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church led this special seminar to help  us talk openly about […]

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Veritas

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Dear Congregation, I want to invite all of you to join your team of leaders to examine what it means to explore the pathway to  continued vitality as a church. Congregational vitality is a journey of life, energy, passion, discovery, and hope. It is a result of the living God breathing new life into the […]

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Jesus, Draw Me Close!

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Ever wondered what it would be like if you deepened your love for your spouse, your family, and friends? When those relationships have built so much into your life that you, simply stated, feel excited, overwhelmed and blessed. When those  primary relationships fill your life with so much joy that you are overflowing with thankfulness. […]

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Building A Firm Foundation

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Building A Firm Foundation “The lower floor is being capped this week. In four short weeks we have moved from ground breaking to the beginning of framing. The foundation has been laid and the basement walls have been poured. The drainage tile has been set and the sand has been spread. The northwest corner basement […]

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You are invited!

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One of the best parts of the season of Christmas is the Christmas carols. They share, in wonderful ways, the story of the coming Christ child. Some recite the facts of the story in every verse.  Songs like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Little Town Of Bethlehem,” “Away In a Manger,“ “While Shepherds […]

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On The Move . . .

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At the Annual Meeting in 2010 it was suggested that a Constitutional Review Committee be established and that they report to the Executive Board. During the last  1 1/2  years this committee has  been studying our current constitution as well as other recommended constitutions from the Evangelical Covenant Church. The committee has presented their proposal […]

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It’s Harvest Time

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This time of year harvest is on the mind of most in our community. Whether you farm or not, you are keyed in to the talk about frost damage, moisture content, field conditions or bushels per acre. It’s a time that is filled with all the emotions from anxiety to joy. Throughout Scripture, the imagery […]

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Pack Your Bags

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Pack your bags You are invited to join me on a journey to Turkey, the city of Ephesus and the early church, planted by Paul  in that great  city.  Yes , Beginning September 11, we will walk through the letter written to the  Ephesians. After a spring and summer sermon series based on topical Biblical […]

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Beginning Again

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We have been challenged as individuals and as a church to change our culture.  It’s a part of  seeking to be a healthy missional church. As in most churches, we have areas of strength and areas the we need to grow stronger in. John Wenrich was with us over our camp weekend and challenged us […]

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My God is so BIG

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The J-Team kids  fill the room with excitement as they gather to begin another action packed Wednesday night. First up, it’s shake the rafter time with songs. Bobber Bill Abeler flashes the first song on the overhead. All eyes are glued on the wall to pick the first words of the song. The young children […]