The Need for Winter

The Need for Winter

I recently saw a quote from the artist Andrew Wyeth, the acclaimed mid-20th century American realist painter. Wyeth wrote, “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.”  So true. Like a preface of what is to come in a greater…

The Little Things

A few weeks ago, I went to back out of the driveway on my way to lunch with a friend and realized that my car wasn’t in reverse, right at the edge of the driveway. I went to put it in gear right as a car flew by really fast. If I was in gear…

Treasure Up These Things

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. -Luke 2:19 Moments when we almost tangibly feel God’s presence with us are gifts. It doesn’t happen often, but in those moments I try to remember exactly what was happening, where I was, and what I was thinking. One of the best remedies for…

It takes more than a dog costume…

My dog doesn’t like my son. Zoey’s not outright mean to her little “brother” or anything, she just doesn’t want to be around him and she’s pretty clear about it. When he walks into a room, she leaves. When he calls for her to come, she heads in the opposite direction. When he tries to…

Have I Been Disturbed?

I recently saw a quote from the Roman Catholic writer and Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton. It was from his work published in 1925 titled, The Everlasting Man.  Chesterton writes, “All the great groups that stood about the Cross [priests, soldiers, philosophers, the common people] represent in one way or another the great historical truth of…

Peace About Road Building

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be…

With Us From the Beginning

Director of Community Care, Angie Nitz recently wrote this guest post about the power of school partnerships for our mission network partners at T2C2. You can find the original post here. When I stopped by our partner school Marsh Prep Academy recently, Principal Martha Bujanda suggested that we take a quick tour of the school….

Is it Important?

This past Halloween may have been the last time I go trick-or-treating. Not because something bad happened, but because our youngest daughter, Nina, is now 10 and apparently growing out of it as her older sisters already have. In fact, without having to say it, her actions spoke loudly to us as we went from…

Are You Qualified?

Our Reading Buddies partnership with Tom C. Gooch Elementary is in full swing! If you are not familiar with this awesome opportunity for members of our congregation and community, you can find out about it here. In short, Reading Buddies is the weekly opportunity for volunteers to meet with a scholar in Kindergarten, first or…

It’s Time to Rest

I love my job. Working with, kids, teens, families, and grandparents is exhilarating. Ever since I started internship, I have been in high gear. Go, go, go; get everything ready and on track. Build relationships, try new things, and prepare for the future. It has been a whirlwind ride so far.  I’m exhausted, and that…