END THE STIGMA

END THE STIGMA

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. First Christian Church is dedicated to ending the stigma that persists regarding mental health.  One of the best ways to end the stigma regarding mental health is to learn how to communicate better when we talk about our own or...

A moment of pause

This Holy Week, I find myself in need of a pause—in need of an intentional halt of all the things that make the days non-stop and seem perpetually in motion. I remember how in the first months, maybe even year, of the pandemic doing everything from home freed up so...
It’s all about heart!

It’s all about heart!

It’s been over a year now since the global pandemic disrupted all of us.  For our congregation, the disruption happened to coincide with our pastor’s sabbatical and became the catalyst that shaped the congregational sabbatical.  Aimed at creatively nurturing mind,...
Together on the Journey

Together on the Journey

A Note from The Ministry Team: Healing is hard work. How do we begin to heal?  Reverend Laura Mariko Cheifetz gave us a starting point in her sermon Sunday on the beheading of John the Baptist.  She brought our attention to the verse when John’s disciples came and...
Recovery vs Healing

Recovery vs Healing

A Note from the Mary Alice & The Ministry Team: You know I often speak about mental health challenges. When I do, I do not talk about healing, but instead I speak about recovery. Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their...
HEALING

HEALING

A Note from the Ministry Team: Congregational Sabbatical Journey: Building Our Spiritual Resiliency HEALING Living in this world is the most challenging thing we do. Every day requires that we demonstrate the resilience that God has so graciously bestowed upon us.  It...