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Mother’s Day

4th Sunday of Easter | Mother’s Day Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it is still appropriate for me to say, “Happy Easter” because Easter is a season in the church and not simply a day. In fact, every Sunday is a little Easter according to the liturgical calendar. Alister McGrath refers to the resurrection of...
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The Week of All Weeks

Easter Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say these holy days are filled with so much: a donkey on Palm Sunday worship, children waving palm branches, memorable moments in Jerusalem Marketplace Family Worship, a sermon about the tears of Palm Sunday (you can watch here) and an interfaith prayer vigil on behalf of the suffering people of...
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The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks

4th Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for all our worship leaders from Sunday: Kathy White, Craig Estep, DeAnna Clink, Dimitriy Soloshenko, Tim Martin, John Woodall, Joel Mullis, Tom Amann, Carl Roberts, The Melody Makers, Children’s Chime Choir (led by Karen Price & Tina Fincher) and Children’s Choir (led by Abigail Okland)...
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Moved by the Music

2nd Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it was the first time in the nearly 40 years of marriage that we didn’t have one of our kids home with us for Thanksgiving. So, we invited Margie Vanasek and our Habitat family Marie, Celestin, John and Prince and had a splendid day of thanksgiving!...
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All In Together

25th Sunday after Pentecost | Joash Chest Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I cannot believe Advent (November 28) is just around the corner! In a few weeks we will once again anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth among us. This year will be especially meaningful because we were unable to worship together in-person last...
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A Good Investment

24th Sunday after Pentecost | All Saints Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that a lot has been going on this past week: people on a work and repair mission in Newnan, GA; men serving at the Charlotte Rescue Mission; Super-Hero Family Night on Friday; Administrative Council leaders participating in the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation designed...
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Keep Showing Up

20th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say how about our wonderful young people … and their leaders. Aren’t they the best! Their presence and leadership in worship was just outstanding this past Sunday, October 3. If you missed, please watch here. The Mental Health Forum held this past Sunday in the Sanctuary was a...
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Taking the Bible Seriously

14th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say what a remarkable weekend: volunteers with Home2Home Ministry driving all over the area picking up and delivering furniture; vaccines being administered at our vaccination clinic; youth kicking off the United Youth season; families with small children gathering for fun and community; folks from several Matthews’ churches gathering...
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Mother’s Day

6th Sunday of Easter | Mother’s Day | May 5, 2021 Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I’m so excited to see you on Sunday! (Please make reservations here.) This will be our first Sunday to re-gather with a maximum of 175 in each Sanctuary service. It is crazy the emotions I’ve been feeling upon seeing...