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New Life

This is the season of new life around us as spring comes:  flowers and trees have bloomed and are blooming, migrating birds are returning from the south, new mammal babies have been born and are growing up and the earth is turning green again as leaves fill out.  I have been participating in an online course to deepen my spiritual life.  Father Richard Rohr teaches that we die many times throughout our lives so that we can put the old behind and live more fully to Christ.  We may die to our idea of spending the rest of our life in a certain place.  Maybe it’s a belief about God that we have accepted without thinking and now we’re called to set it aside for a deeper understanding.  Maybe it is a change in relationship, we’re not the husband or wife we were due to broken relationships or death.  A change in our health or diagnosis that is life-changing can cause us to experience this.  

Galatians 2:19-20 tells us that when we allow the Holy Spirit to put to death a non-productive part of our life to grow into new life, it is like this.  “For I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”  Our faith journey is a series of dying to ourselves, even being crucified with Christ so that we can more fully allow the Holy Spirit to help us grow into who God created us to be.  As new life continues showing up around us, how will we as individuals and as congregations die to what is no longer useful to us or the kingdom and grow into a more mature disciple of Jesus Christ?  

Celebrating new life with you, Debbie

Blanket Sunday

On Mother’s Day, we will hold a “Blanket Sunday” for the Church World Service organization.  

Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.  CWS has evolved over the years to augment its emergency assistance work with support for long-range, problem-solving efforts – what came to be known as development.

Each year, CWS distributes thousands of blankets in the United States and around the world to those struggling in the face of poverty or recovering following a disaster. With this gift, you are giving neighbors near and far a reminder that they are not alone. You are providing warmth and comfort and blanketing the world with love!

Please see our display in the Entry.  You can learn more at www.cwsglobal.org.