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Grace Upon Grace

This past Sunday, we wrapped up a series titled “This Act of Grace.” Personally, I believe it was fitting to finish it on Reformation Sunday, a day in the life of the Protestant church, particularly Lutheran bent, where we recall Martin Luther and his bold “protestation” of papal abuses in the 16th century. Much good…

Something to Brag About

I don’t want to brag or anything, but after nearly 20 years of telling Bible stories to children, I am pretty good at it……or so you might think….. Oh, who am I kidding? Honestly, if my experience last Wednesday is any indication, I am totally in the wrong profession. It all started during our WILD…

God’s Varied Grace at Santa Cruz

This Sunday was week two of our series on stewardship entitled “The Act of Grace”.  Stewardship tends to get a bad rap. The very mention of the “S” word can cause entire congregations to avert their eyes and become riveted by with sudden interest to every detail of the bulletin notes! Stewardship, however, is about…

Nothing to Offer

If you worshiped at Holy Cross yesterday, you heard Pastor Tom preach the first message in a new series called “The Act of Grace” which will focus on whole life stewardship. The message focused on Paul’s call for us to be imitators of Christ and on the account of Jesus and the blind beggar from…

Reading Buddies: The Real Deal!

The following is a guest post by Richard and Marilyn Mayerhoff who have served as Reading Buddies at Gooch Elementary over the past several years.  We are currently recruiting new buddies for the coming school year!  If you have half an hour to spare each week and want to use it to make a difference…

Good News/Bad News

Do you want the good news or bad news first? That is and age old question but really, who doesn’t like to receive good news? And who wants to hear the bad news unless they just have to?  That said there are generally two approaches to this question.  For one you can take the bad…

Who is in your tent?

Last week was Spring Break and since things were a bit quieter around church, my family and I had the opportunity to take a few days vacation and embark on a camping adventure. I don’t use the word “adventure” lightly.   After some car trouble, we finally arrived at our camp site ready to settle in…

I need a Lent for my Easter….

As I rushed around the house this morning trying to get everyone ready for the day, I had a feeling I was forgetting something. I finally discovered what it was when I glanced down to find my 2 year old son peering up at me, eating utensil in hand. “Mommy”, he said. “I need a…

Fresh Air

I’m really trying to concentrate on my work today but I’m really having a hard time. The noise down the hall is distracting, but not as distracting as the bright sunshine and sweet fresh air that is wafting through the building today. Today, the aging, leaky windows that have plagued our west corridor of late…

The Opposite of Frog

Like many of you, we spent last weekend pulling dusty tubs of decorations from the attic and transforming our home into its festive state. This year, as we finished the tree and I set the angel on the top as the final touch, a look of concern spread across my two year old’s face. “I…