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Advent Begins

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Sunday, December 1 was the first day of Advent, the four weeks that help to prepare us for the mystery of the king who is unlike any other king, a king born in a manger. A king who was coming and is still [...]

The Great Thanksgiving

Getting ready to create our Advent projects with preschool–first grades. By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Happy New Year! Did you know that yesterday was Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year? We are at the threshold of Advent which begins on December 1. In Sunday School and [...]

From “Gimmee!” to Gratitude

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides If Advent is the season of preparing for Christmas, then November is the season of parents preparing for the onslaught of advertisements and messages that fuel our kids’ desires for more, more, more. Many parents I have spoken with this week have expressed a deep longing for [...]

Where is God?

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides On Wednesday at 8 p.m. parents will gather together online to discuss how we might make room for God in the midst of an often over-scheduled holiday season. Please join me for a time of discussion and prayer intended to center us on what matters most before [...]

Skepticism and Doubt

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I used to think questions related to doubt were saved for high school, maybe junior high at the earliest. But a few years ago, a three year-old declared with confidence, “that’s not a true story,” after we talked about the biblical story of Jesus' feeding of [...]

God’s More-Than-Enough

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough: more joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back [...]

Parenting in Community

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Ultimately there is no right way to be a parent. Sure we've all seen wrong ways to be a parent—whether in real life or on the news—but there's no way to get an A+ raising a child. There's no parenting report card. There are a thousand [...]

Gratitude and Generosity

Faith234: Building community and cooperation through games. By The Reverend Christine V. Hides “Why give us an allowance when you could just buy us the things we want?” asked my daughters when they were in elementary school. In their minds it didn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be simpler to just cut out the weekly ritual [...]