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In the Beginning...

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

One of our core values in our ECO denomination is "Egalitarian Ministry: we believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group." As a church, we have a long history of recognizing the gifts of men and women in our midst and creating leadership spaces at all...

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Pray for our Leaders

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As we make our way through our Really? series, I hope our minds and hearts have been stirred with thoughtful questions and reflective insights. I hope we’ve been able to step into the shoes of others and try to see the Christian faith from a different perspective. I hope the question cards...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

On Behalf of the World

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As a young person at Fuller Seminary, I took a theology class with the late Dr. Ray Anderson. He was a thoughtful theologian and a gentle practitioner of his faith. I was a twenty-something finding my way in ministry and learning to more deeply hear the voice of God in my life. Those...

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Advent Devotional Week 1: No Brighter Deed

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday—the first Sunday in Advent! Starting this week, worship bulletins will be accompanied by this weekly Advent devotional. View worship bulletins >> Meditation by Jennifer Holz, Executive Pastor One of the most beloved Christmas characters of...

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Tags: brighter, worship, advent devotionals 2017

I Will Rejoice

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This week we finish our sermon series in Habakkuk, and this week we give thanks around our tables for God’s goodness in our lives. It’s fitting that our final word from the prophet (3:18), is “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD.” The “yet” indicates that joy may...

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Tags: e-blast, kingdom come, worship

What A Soul Needs: Soul Food

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I hope you have found some ways to care for your soul over the past several weeks. As we get ready to head into fall, write down one or two spiritual practices that you want to carry with you into this next season so your soul can continue to flourish! One of the most important practices we can...

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Tags: discipleship, e-blast, summer, what a soul needs, worship

What A Soul Needs: A Savior

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I had the privilege and pleasure of being a parent participant at our first ever Skyward Camp at Camp Elim last week. This new camp is designed for first through third graders and a parent. As expected, my daughter, Maggie, had a blast being at overnight camp for her first time. I had no doubt...

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Tags: e-blast, summer, what a soul needs, worship, skyward camp

Invited to Grace

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What a great day to be together in worship yesterday! Thank you to so many of you who stepped into all kinds of volunteer roles to make our Worship Center experience an A+. Thank you to all of you as you boldly navigated our new worship schedule with openness and flexibility! What a joy to be a...

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Tags: palm sunday, prodigal, spring break, worship

Promise to the Hopeless

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There is lots of Movement going on in our midst. Growing Together Wednesdays has begun as we gather mid-week to be equipped for the ministry God has called each of us to. Our 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Service has successfully moved across the street into their temporary Weber Street Center home and...

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Tags: e-blast, movement, worship

Advent Devotional Week 4: All is Forgiven

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Meditation by Rev. Jennifer Holz My first summer job was being a lifeguard. I remember passing my Water Safety Instructor course, getting my shiny whistle and climbing up on the lifeguard chair at the Village 7 pool. I was 16 and ready to save the world. Or at least keep the kids in the baby...

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Tags: advent, devotional, worship