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December 8, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 12/08/13

Pastoral Reflection What holds you back from being the best version of yourself? What situations, beliefs, and past actions fester the angst that twists at your soul? John the Baptist lived an austere life so as to better experience God. He knew that water cleanses the body and fire ... Read More »

November 17, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 12/04/13

The theme of suffering and redemption go hand in hand in Christian theology. Good Friday leads to Easter Sunday. Death to sinfulness leads to Christ’s invitation to the fullness of life. In the same way, Christ describes the end times being preceded by turmoil and trials. Whatever we may ... Read More »

December 1, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 12/04/13

Fully live the experience that begins upon us this day, which is one of waiting in joyful hope— knowing with absolute certainty that something miraculous is upon us. This week, treat your friends and family with the same joy and warmth you will easily offer on Christmas day. Verbally ... Read More »

November 24, 2013 Refection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 12/04/13

ORIENTATION The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, bringing us full circle toward Advent hope. Christ reigns, enthroned in heaven, King of heaven and earth for all time. After listening to stories of his life and ministry ... Read More »

November 10, 2013 Reflection

Posted by Charlie Dean on 11/21/13

The theme of suffering and redemption go hand in hand in Christian theology. Good Friday leads to Easter Sunday. Death to sinfulness leads to Christ’s invitation to the fullness of life. In the same way, Christ describes the end times being preceded by turmoil and trials. Whatever we may ... Read More »

October 27.2013 Reflection

Posted by judy goodwin on 11/05/13

In a culture that values independence and self- sufficiency, it can be hard to keep in mind our utter depend- ence on God’s grace in our lives. God gives us life, and in- vites us to live it to the fullest by loving and serving those around us. All ... Read More »

November 3, 2013 Reflection

Posted by judy goodwin on 11/05/13

One of the most poignant details in the story of Zaccheus is the moment his newfound joy at welcoming the Lord to his house is possibly jeopardized by the judgmental grumbling of the crowd. We can imagine his panic, fearing perhaps that when Jesus hears the grumbling he will ... Read More »