Go and See

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Advent and Christmas might be the most hectic time in the church year. But it can also be the fullest and most blessed. All the serving and sharing, the singing and decorating, the gathering and singing some more...it all leads up to something that feels almost magical, as we gather in a candle-lit, greened up sanctuary on Christmas Eve.Or i should say, sanctuaries. Because part of the magic of that sacred gathering is knowing that, in sanctuaries all over the world, others gather to sing … [Read more...]

Filled with Good Things

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Rev. Brandon Gilvin is the Associate Director of Week of Compassion, and he is also a dang good writer. A native Kentuckian, he now lives in Kansas City with his wife, Lisa.I recently returned  from a two week trip to India, where I visited two very different states, Bihar and Meghalaya, to learn about some of the work supported through a partnership between Week of Compassion, Foods Resource Bank , and several other ecumenical partners from the FRB network.  From the sleepy mountain town of … [Read more...]

Daring to Wait

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Cheryl Carmichael is the author of Dare to Care: Caring for Our Elders. She began her career in aging with the Area Agency on Aging, in Phoenix, Arizona. Cheryl earned an AAS in Gerontology in 2002. She worships and serves at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix.Cheryl’s father, Bill, is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's Disease. What are you waiting for? After my parents’ divorce, I was raised by my mother. I was 14, and she harbored much anger towards my dad. … [Read more...]

Tell Me Again

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I've lost count of how many times I've read the Grinch these past few weeks. I've got it memorized, as do the kids. In fact, they are starting to cotton on when i try to skip a line or two in order to move things on along toward bedtime. "No, mom, you forgot the part where..."Meanwhile, in my own reading life, i am making nightly trips to Hogwarts--again. This is probably my third time reading the newer books, more like 4th or 5th on some of the older ones. I've got other characters and … [Read more...]

In Church, at Christmastime

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The phone is ringing off the hook,The sanctuary’s hard to book.Yes it’s clean--dare you to look--In church, at Christmastime. One hard-working secretaryIs a little tried and harried.Under bulletin notes, she’s buried,In church, at Christmastime. The kids are plenty sugar wired,the moms all look a little tired,and we all know how that transpiredIn church, at Christmastime. Cause church ladies are such a soft touch … [Read more...]

Do Not Be Afraid

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Guest Post: Rev. Amy Gopp is Executive Director of the Week of Compassion. WOC is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. They share the good news of Jesus Christ through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. This holiday season, you can make a gift that truly brings hope to a waiting world.The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, f … [Read more...]

In the Bleak Midwinter

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What Are You Waiting For?We have two choices; we are either waiting for death, or we are waiting for life. We can stockpile our weapons, or we can sing into the darkness. We can live in fear of our neighbor and cling more tightly to our stuff, our answers, our 'rights.' Or, we can say, enough already; our way is not working. We can make a way in this wilderness for God to do a new thing in us, for us, maybe even with us.Into this wilderness, a child is born. A son is given. On those who … [Read more...]

In Due Time

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Guest post: Kent Somers is Sports Writer for the Arizona Republic. He covers the AZ Cardinals and the NFL. When he's not on the road, doing the most awesome job ever, he worships and serves at Foothills Christian Church. You can follow him on twitter the rest of the time.What are you waiting for?As a young(er) person, I thought life moved at my pace and on my timetable. College, marriage, job, kids; I wouldn’t say I saw them as tasks that needed to be completed, but they were on the c … [Read more...]

What We Never Knew We Needed

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Guest Post: Rev. Andrew Shepherd is Pastoral Resident at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix. He also likes to make beer, but is keeping his day job for now.What are you waiting for?I still remember my first Kindle. It was a 21st birthday gift from my mother. When I first opened it, I didn’t really know what it was. The box was covered with the words “Amazon,” and it was printed with reviews extolling this product as “revolutionary.” It didn’t take me very long to agree with them (nor … [Read more...]


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