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Keep Your Kids Healthy, Happy & Outside This Summer

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By Connie Winkler Sending them outside to play? Good. Sunlight elevates the mood and is essential for synthesis of vitamin D. But it also can cause sunburn, photo-aging and skin cancer. Then there are the bugs. While insects might ruin an outing, most bug bites have little long-term health effect — except those than can,…

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Pinterest isn’t just about crafts and recipes

Social Media, depending upon a person’s age, can be seen as a waste of time, a tool used to interact with your friends or something that can be informative and educational. Recently, there has been lots of discussion about how social media can change people’s perceptions of things based upon the articles that show up on…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 Dear Friends, In Genesis 3:8-15 we have the story of Adam and Eve when they disobeyed the command not to eat of the tree of knowledge. Now aware and knowing their “nakedness”, they seek to hide from God’s presence.  Perhaps we could say they’ve exchanged innocent awareness of and trust…

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Pentecost and the Slow Work of God

A Jesuit priest and scientist named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote something about the slow work of God that I like very much. He said:“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We…

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Readings and Reflections for Sunday June 3rd

    Deuteronomy 5:12-15 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6 Dear Friends, In Deuteronomy, the 10 Commandments that first appeared in the book of Exodus are repeated, and today’s lesson focuses on the command to keep the Sabbath (seventh day) as a day of rest.  This commandment is “inclusive” in that neither slaves nor animals are…

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Readings and Reflections for Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 Dear Friends, In Isaiah’s vision of God, the prophet is transported to the Holy presence of the living God!  Even as he sees his own frailty and unworthiness and the brokenness of his culture (unclean lips), grace is immediately extended to cleanse him.  Now, Isaiah also is part of the heavenly conversation,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Day of Pentecost

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (or Acts 2:1-21) Psalm 104: 25-35,37 Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Dear Friends, Ezekiel 37 describes the “Valley of Dry Bones” – an “image parable” which represents the people of Israel, defeated and in exile, cut off from hope and life.  While this was an actual historic situation, it is not unreasonable to see it…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 Dear Friends, John 17 allows us to “eavesdrop” as Jesus prays for his disciples in anticipation of his death, resurrection and ascension.  They will be “in the world” without his physical presence.  But Pentecost is coming next week, so we know they will not be alone!  And we learn much from what Jesus…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 Dear Friends, In John’s Gospel we hear the “secret” of Jesus’ own joy, a joy that he wants to share with his disciples.  We are surprised that this joy is rooted in keeping his Father’s commandments.  In other words, Jesus describes his way of remaining connected to God’s love by…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Dear Friends, John 15:1-8  draws on the image of the vineyard that plays a prominent part in the Biblical understanding of our relationship with God.  God wants us to remain connected to his life and be fruitful in it!  Whether in sending the prophets of Old, or Jesus,…

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