Seasons

Feed your spirit with these stories and articles that explore the milestones of our church year.

A geography of hope

by Elizabeth Hunter Have you ever ended up somewhere with no clear idea of how you got there? Maybe not just on a road, but in your family, congregation, career or community? While rolling through routines, the landscapes of home, office, school, church, forest, city...

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Time to reflect

—by Linda Post Bushkofsky There’s something so compelling about the Ash Wednesday liturgy. It begins with the extended con­fession of sins where we acknowledge our unfaithfulness, pride, hypocrisy, self-indulgence, indifference, and prejudice, to name but a few of the...

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Just notice: Walking into Lent with Martha

by Cara Strickland When I’m overwhelmed by feelings, schedules or circumstances, my therapist often tells me to "just notice." As I slow down and focus, I see things more clearly. This can motivate me to action, but perhaps more often, I am content to linger,...

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A true, blue Christmas

by Kathleen Kastilahn Betty Landis recalls the December some dozen years ago when, as a seminarian, she struggled with four diagnoses of cancer in her family. It’s also when she first attended a Blue Christmas service. “I soaked it in,” Landis said. Now pastor of St....

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Thankofferings: A season of gratitude

by Emma Crossen Gratitude is popular in November, though it usually goes by another name--Thanksgiving. Giving thanks often turns into giving other gifts. Charities raise most of their money at this time of year. Volunteers observe the holiday by serving a meal at a...

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Love Language 2.6

by Sue Gamelin— I answered the phone and a voice said, “I can’t believe that you fixed meals for us for all those years!” One of our adult kids, whose first child had just reached table-food time, had arrived at a stage of new awareness. It wasn’t the awareness that...

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Gratitude changes how we live

by Karris Golden— I've had some rough times the past few years. I have regrouped, started over and then circled back — the long way around — to start over again. During the worst times, fear, doubt and confusion overwhelmed me. It was tough for me to pull away from...

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They remembered the Cool Whip

—by Twila Schock It was November 1994. I was a brand-new missionary in Slovakia, and I was homesick. Our trainers in missionary orientation had warned us missionary novices about culture shock. But I had cavalierly dismissed it, judging it to be for the faint of...

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