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Peace With Jesus

3rd Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that a deeply disturbing incident of Zoom bombing occurred at our Matthews Town Council meeting on Monday night (2/26). Several callers spewed hateful homophobic and antisemitic speech during the public comment time. I was not in attendance, but I’ve watched the 20 minutes of deeply hurtful commentary...
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We Belong To Jesus Christ

2nd Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that we launched our 2024 Lenten series, Embracing Disabilities: Creating an EVERYBODY Mentality. I do hope you are participating at every level: Wednesday Dinners and/or Study (launching tonight), making Music Together special event (last day to register), daily devotionals (printed copy or PDF), Sunday Morning Groups (curriculum...
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Ash Wednesday

1st Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that our Global Impact Commitment Sunday (2/11) with you was such a joy. Our music and worship were so uplifting (hear the offertory hymn here) and Liz Clasen-Kelly was a gift. Liz is the CEO of A Roof Above and one of the brightest lights in our...
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Have You Ever Heard of Euodia and Syntyche?

Transfiguration Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Karen and I will make our way home to NC on Friday, February 9. We are so excited about being back with you after our special time with family in Southern California. We gathered to remember and celebrate Karen’s father, Bill Payne, who entered life eternal near the...
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Our Story is Grace

5th Sunday after the Epiphany Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Karen and I are away for twelve days with our family in Southern California. Our family is gathering for several days to remember and celebrate Karen’s father, Bill Payne, who entered life eternal near the end of October 2023. Karen and her sister have been...
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Traveling Lighter

4th Sunday after the Epiphany Just these lines, my friends … … to say that what a special week: small group studies, Room In The Inn, Bingo Night, Youth basketball filling up the Gym on Friday & Saturday, and, of course, Sunday worship and celebrating our Scouts. All of these are opportunities for you to make connections. Remember … is...
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Just These Lines, My Friends: The Heart of a Child

2nd Sunday after the Epiphany Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I’m still reveling in our time of worship on Sunday (1/14). How about our Sanctuary Choir and Libby Preble! Remarkable! Exceptional! They took my breath away! A very special thank you to all our deeply committed people who make up our music and arts community....
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A Few New Year Thoughts

1st Sunday after the Epiphany | Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Just these lines, my friends … … to say that in case you missed being with us on Sunday in worship, I hope you’ll take the time to worship with us by clicking here. I think it will give you insight to the note I share below. The note...
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The Story We Wish Wasn’t There

Epiphany Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I hope you were able to worship with us this past Sunday. The music was beautiful, and Pastor Corey was deeply inspiring with her message. If you missed it, you can worship with us by clicking here. As we’ve begun the New Year having experienced an inspiring Advent Season...