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God is So Much More

God is So Much More

Brothers and sisters, siblings in Christ, This time of year, every month has something to look forward to: back to school, TrinityFEST, Reformation, Halloween, All Saints, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year. This is Ted’s and my third autumn in the Valley, and we...
Chapel Door

Chapel Door

The photo is from the quiet lake where Ted and I enjoy an annual two weeks of sabbath “up north” with family and friends. This is called “Chapel Door” and is from the east side of the lake, a deeply holy place for me. It is a thin place, where God feels profoundly...
Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35 While in France, I visited the home of my father’s patrilineal ancestors, the Rivards. I saw the font where my 6X great...
Welcome the Stranger

Is the Bible appropriate for children?

Siblings in Christ, Is the Bible appropriate for children?! What an outrageous question! It’s the Word of God, who made and loves our children. It’s the stories of Jesus, who we teach is our friend. There are rainbows and lambs, tables full of food and coins being...
Save the date! God’s Work. Our Hands.

Save the date! God’s Work. Our Hands.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) dedicated day of service provides us with an opportunity to be “church together” as we serve our communities in ways that share God’s love with all of God’s people.Since 2013 congregations have put their faith in...
Commencement or Completion? Are we really done?

Commencement or Completion? Are we really done?

Spring months are abloom with new life, fresh beginnings, the greening of creation—at least in our part of the world.Spring months are also abloom with life celebrations: graduations, confirmations, senior celebrations and award banquets, wedding, baptisms, first...