Becoming!

Becoming!

We, as church, have been journeying together this summer through a landscape of acknowledging our individual and collective grief; seeking ways of healing for ourselves and our world; and now we come to the part of our journey where we start to wonder – where are we...
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...
GRIEF

GRIEF

Dear friends, During this month, we have been exploring grief.  Whether you have delved deeply into the meditations and practices, or simply listened as our guest preachers and fellow congregants have striven to give a voice to grief, you have been a part of this...
A Note from the Ministry Team

A Note from the Ministry Team

Welcome to week two of our summer sabbatical journey, “Becoming the Beloved Community – Building Spiritual Resiliency.”  We had a wonderful start to our journey, with a devotional study exploring grief on Resiliency Thursdays. On Sunday, we welcomed a guest...
Sabbatical

Sabbatical

I appreciate First Christian Church providing a time of sabbatical this summer. I pray these months will offer rest and renewal through the opportunities that await us all. The congregation will focus on the theme of Building Spiritual Resiliency through worship and...
What the Fire Gives

What the Fire Gives

This week we celebrate Pentecost! The story of Acts 2 is vibrant with images and sounds – a dramatic depiction of the Spirit’s coming. Each year we hear the words, imagine their vividness and chaos, and give thanks for the gift of the Spirit. We ask what does this...