SSP 2018: Days 1 & 2

We made it to San Diego!! We hit the road Saturday morning and stopped in Pismo Beach for lunch (crepes!).   We explored the beach and then got right back on the road until taking a quick stop in Ventura for some thrift shopping. We made it to Mission Viejo...

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Israel/Palestine Trip: Update 4

I left off this blog at our visit to Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, and will need to share this with you in person. Somehow posting pictures of this grim reality or communicating via email does not seem adequate. Displaced Palestinians have been living in this camp since just after...

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Israel/Palestine Trip: Update 3

What an amazing time this continues to be...every day full of experiences and encounters, and packed full. First time with pretty good wifi so will try to hit the highlights, though it would fill pages.Am discovering this trip comes in three stages - anticipation, the experience, and then reflection...and I'm...

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Israel/Jerusalem Trip: Update 2

Photos: Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem two blocks from our hotel. Believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Helena, mother of Constantine, searched for holy sites. One clue was that the Romans build temples over early Christian holy sites. Grotto cave underneath is believed to be stable site (didn't...

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Spirit Led, Spirit Fed

Are you ready? The Spirit’s moving, stirring up Pentecost spirit here, and it’s a spirit of transformation, for sure. I love the story of Pentecost, which I never really got growing up – didn’t hear much about it. It’s a huge moment in the life of very fledgling Christian community,...

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Thank God for Easter!

Thank God for Easter. Literally, thank God for Easter! A sudden plot twist to end all plot twists, and smack dab in the place you’d least expect it, a wasteland of sorrow, new life shows up. Incredible. Whatever you believe about resurrection, there’s no denying a dramatic history-changing shift really...

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Update on Plans for Bathroom Renovation

Last summer the Facilities Committee took on the task of answering the question of how we can make the bathroom outside of the Sanctuary wheelchair accessible. Currently a person in a wheelchair needs assistance to use our bathroom and the appearance of the bathroom is dated and unattractive. Karen Turner,...

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All for Love… Love for All

You just can’t beat the gospel story for drama. If you were going to make a graph, it’d be all peaks and valleys – highs and lows compressed with hardly any smooth easy stretches in between. Turn the page past the joy of Jesus’ manger birth and suddenly we’re onto...

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Holding Together

All this fall season we’ve been asking the question, “Why Church?” and hearing from each other a whole host of reasons. Community, comfort, challenge, inspiration, service, connection, the responses all center around a common theme. It reminds me of the children’s nursery rhyme about church. You know the one where...

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