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Bulletin: Musicians Needed – Church Band in Twin Cities Metro Area

Good morning world! Just a quick note — we (my church) are in need of musicians/a band in the Twin Cities metro area. Know of anyone interested in playing regularly?  Needs include guitar players, bass players, vocalists, keyboard plays – we have one – and drummers. If you know of anyone who would be interested in playing, please connect them with me or send them to this link for my church for my information. We are great group of people and have awesome community, we’re just missing musicially inclined artists.

We are also looking for people who want to serve in our children’s ministry, preferably those with some experience. Background checks will also be completed prior to putting them in the rotation for our children’s ministry.

With much gratitude,
Me

for a most beloved sister on her wedding day

I wrote this for my sister a little over 17 months ago. A great time…many memories…emotional overload, but it’s all good.

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Let’s face it. Writing any speech is hard. But, writing one for your sister’s big day? Definitely.

I’d been working on the thing for weeks. I’d start it, write a line (okay, maybe two), and end up wadding up the yellow legal paper because I didn’t like the way it flowed and toss it towards the non-existent trash can in my living room. Ever the perfectionist, not only was I making a mess in my apartment (which, secretly, drives me nuts), I was hitting road block after road block. This speech had to be the best thing since sliced bread. Flawless. Epic, really.

The idealist in me demanded romance and perfection, with enough humor to captivate the audience (her guests) and keep the new husband and wife from falling asleep at the head table. I didn’t want something generic, something cut, pasted and dried from someone else’s idea. I wanted…

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the beauty of baptism

One year ago this week… Oh, how my life has changed.

A L!fe Lived

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John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3.16

I’m getting baptized. On Sunday.

I tell friends, family and acquaintances about it and I get the strangest looks and asked why? I was baptized as a baby…

but…

That’s just it. I was a baby. It was more of a dedication/promise for my parents; that they would raise me in obedience to God, teaching me His ways. I don’t remember it.

Confirmation came when I was in high school. I went through the class, on my own, just like every other high school sophomore before me (16 was the average age of those who had gone through confirmation at the church I grew up in), but…

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“The Sound That Saved Us All” by Anthony Skinner

6 Ways to Love Single Women in Your Church

Special thanks to my friend, Debbie, for posting this ad on Facebook this morning. It was an encouraging read and I am, because of it, thankful for those who have lit up my life in this way.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” -I Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
Contentment does not entitle you to blessings…what is more helpful: to lovingly encourage a single woman in her relationship with Christ because He is worthy of being pursued himself…she has great value just as she is…and #3: wow – asking a person, “how was work?” can go a long way….and delight in the beauty of the single woman in your life…”show her through words that he beauty reminds you of the beauty of Jesus. Single women are a part of the bride of Christ. Celebrate them as you would celebrate a woman on her wedding day…”

Verse Mapping

Thank you to Proverbs 31 Ministiries for directing me to this blog! Verse Mapping — a new concept and one that I can easily apply to my daily time with God. I encourage all of you who are looking for new ways to dig deeper into God’s Word and applying it to your heart and life. Enjoy!

the forgotten holiday

1eb9f16f59fb8020c27690c20e1675cbCrammed somewhere between the costume and candy of Halloween and the lights and mad rush of Christmas is a Thursday holiday that is slowly become obsolete: Thanksgiving. It’s slowing becoming the last thing on the minds of millions of Americans and if you look hard enough, you might find a small section of Thanksgiving cards, autumn decorations, and maybe a turkey platter amid the aisles of Halloween costumes, miles of candy, Christmas decoration and toys.

For some, especially in America, it’s a day to prioritize their shopping list for their marathon shopping spree on Black Friday. Others, it’s the start of the darkest season of the year due to past financial strain, the loss of a job or a loved one, and/or many other stresses that can affect one’s life.  Few rarely stop long enough to be grateful.

Somewhere along the way, our perception of Thanksgiving Day has been skewed. We’ve forgotten the reason for celebration that first Thanksgiving and what the holiday should be about.

Historically, we think of Thanksgiving as the time of feasting for the Pilgrims and Indians. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims had been in America less than a year. During those months, over half of their original population had died from disease or starvation. The Pilgrims hosted the first feast not to try out their latest recipes, but to celebrate life with their Indian friends and give thanks to God for His provision in difficult circumstances.

Thanksgiving is about coming together as one to give thanks for a vast array of things – from life to health, from provision to family – no matter where you’re at or where you’ve been in life.

Perhaps you’d like to redirect your loved ones toward gratitude this year.

That was my intended purpose of writing 30 days of gratitude. It’s been fun and my focus has shifted quite a bit this year. How can I further that shift or change my focus? How can you?

Read through the different scriptures about giving thanks or gratitude (some listed below to get you started). Think about the reasons for ingratitude and make a 180 degree turn. Focus on your blessings instead of what you don’t have and you may find that you are far richer than you originally thought. Think of a loved one you rarely see and reach out to them by making a phone call or sending them a card, maybe even make a visit in person to show your appreciation. And, as always, focus on praising God.

My family goes around the table and says one thing they’re thankful for. I’m even contemplating adding a new tradition called the “Encouragement Jar” to this year’s festivities. Ask me about it sometime.

What are you family traditions? What can you do to refocus your view of the holiday?

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118.24

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3.17

Give thanks in all circumstances… 1 Thessalonians 5.18

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 136.1

I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1.3

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5. Jesus – he is all that matters

Just over 2,000 years ago, God confined in human flesh arrived…

  • to live a life much like our own (Hebrews 4)
  • to teach what it means to follow the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14)
  • to teach what it meant to live life on the Vine (John 15)
  • to show us that we were no longer bound by the law, but rather freed because of his fulfillment of it (Matthew 5.17)
  • to die a horrible death on the cross, carrying the sins of all of mankind — those who’d lived before his time and those to come – including you and me (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)
  • to rise again, bringing hope to all of the world (1 Corinthians 15)
  • to have a relationship with us…God’s crazy about you. Believe it. 🙂 (Exodus 34.14)

And he’ll be back again one day to bring his brothers and sisters home. Can’t wait! (Matthew 24, Revelation)

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