Blessing of a Pumpkin Investigation

Posted by Lisa McLennan on

I showed up at Montclaire Elementary school at 3pm as planned. After being shown the routine by the Greater Enrichment Program (GEP) director we ended up at the playground. It was a beautiful and sunny fall afternoon and the kids were swarming around the jungle gym. As the kids started to line...

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Christmas Continues...

Posted by Rush Otey on

Christmas continues for (at least) twelve days. It straddles two years on the calendar. There are two errors about Christmas time which are all too prevalent. The first is that “Christmas is for children.” Now, it is true that Christmas is for children, but to reduce the Incarnation...

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Treasured in Our Hearts

Posted by Jay Masanotti on

And Mary treasured all these things in her heart… 15 “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they...

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Starting Over Again

Posted by Rush Otey on

Many times in our lives we start over again.  Sometimes this is by choice, sometimes by necessity, sometimes by a mysterious convergence of free will and obligation.   Some of these new beginnings are joyful and full of hope (the first days of a new school year, a better job...

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A New School Year

Posted by Kim Lee on

The start of a new school year can be an exciting, frightening, joyful, and/or dreadful time in the life of your child. I should know. I am a teacher. It’s an unlikely vocation, considering my own unfortunate educational journey. It all began as I was winding my way through the wiles of...

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Answering God's Call

Posted by Lori Raible on

Ever been cornered at a dinner party by someone who wants to know what the word, ‘Presbyterian’ means? I have. It means elder in Greek, but the yawn-producing answer is this: ‘Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways. We adhere to a pattern of thought known as Reformed...

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Transitions

Posted by Jay Masanotti on

Family and friends had been traveling home for an entire day when something in the rhythm of the trip prompted Mom and Dad to look around for their boy. He was nowhere to be found. It was the ultimate Home Alone moment, but instead of “KEVIN!” aboard a Boeing 737, it was...

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What Difference Does Easter Make?

Posted by Rush Otey on

What difference does Easter make? The late William Barclay once observed that one of the most tragic things that can happen to a person is the loss of wonder. When we are young, we live in a thrilling, wonder-full world. But as we grow older we sometimes find ourselves living in a world which...

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