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Still One Nation Under God

Posted by Ted Moeller on

    On November 5, 2016, the Sunday before the national election, I preached a sermon with the above title. Amid what was a nasty and polarizing campaign with many voters not liking either candidate, I thought a reminder of who’s really in charge was...

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Reflections on In-Person Worship

Posted by Ted Moeller on

We are now two weeks into worshiping again as a corporate body…sort of. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted so much of our lives that not being able to go to church is just another thing on a long list. September 20th saw us opening up, as before, for the first time in six months...

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IPAs and Jazz

Posted by Ted Moeller on

  India Pale Ales (IPAs) and jazz music are two things I like—but not as much as I’d like to like. More of an aspirational fancy than a passion. For one, I’m not very knowledgeable about either. So just saying, “I like this one,” or “That one didn’t...

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Let's Take a Virtual Mission Trip!

Posted by Ted Moeller on

  The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench in so many plans. Weddings and funerals are postponed, school graduations and openings deferred, large social gatherings (concerts, sports, political rallies) prohibited, and church has been forced to go online. It’s so frustrating. I...

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Missing Church

Posted by Ted Moeller on

  Dorie wiped tears from her eyes, saying, “That was beautiful. It means so much to me to be here.” She’d gathered with her sister and three others on a Sunday morning to watch our taped worship service, projected on a screen in a virtually empty sanctuary, followed by...

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Smile Deficit Syndrome

Posted by Ted Moeller on

   I really don’t like having to put on a mask when I go to the store. It makes my face sweat and fog up my glasses (if I chose to wear them). I have yet to find one that fits comfortably, that doesn’t make my ears flare out. But those are minor nuisances. The main reason I...

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Two Sides to the Same Coin

Posted by Sara Eustice-Brown on

        There are a lot of things from my old PC (pre-corona) routine, that are gone. There are a lot of things that have been added, but one thing that has stayed the same is Wednesday Night Youth Group. Now mind you, it’s a very different platform than what we usually...

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Abundance

Posted by Ted Moeller on

   I find it incredibly ironic that the past couple of months has seen such a spike in the use of the word “abundance.” Its frequency in everyday speech is up 325% since mid-February. Actually, I made that figure up; but I’m sure it’s close to the truth...

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A Time to Mourn; A Time to Dance

Posted by Sara Eustice-Brown on

This last month, many parts of my usual routine have ended, and some have been replaced by new routines. Our days all look very much like the day before, but the days are busy. Getting the boys to do their school work each day, figuring out what parts of ministry I can do from home with the help...

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Holy Saturday

Posted by Sara Eustice-Brown on

  Today is Holy Saturday. It’s that time of waiting for us between the dark events of Good Friday, and the trumpet rejoicing of Easter morning. I never payed much attention to this day. Thursday, Friday, and Sunday of Holy Week all get a special worship services, unique events...

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