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30
Oct

STATUS REPORT

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90 Days of Generosity...   God says in 2 Corinthians that He "loves a cheerful giver."  We've got cheerful people all over the place as expressions of generosity abound throughout the congregation.  What a JOY!   It was over 6 months ago that we first began praying about 90 Days of Generosity.  Through the summer and into the first weeks of fall, our staff got excited about how God was working in the hearts of the "First Family" as plans were made and projects and opportunities were identified.  Already we are seeing the fruits of generosity in the joyful embrace of...
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19
Sep

MORE

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MORE   It's coming...   Over the past year, several things have emerged through various venues in our congregation:   -A group of dedicated men began wondering how we could deploy our resources and impact our community.  Meetings centered around how we could move from being primarily "inside" a building and get "outside" into our world with God's grace and good news through acts of ministry and service.   -A small team began asking questions and listening to passions within our congregation about new initiatives, needs, and dreams.  We are so blessed...but some things were "out there", things that we could...
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05
Sep

A Christian is...

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A while ago someone highlighted an easy way to know what people think about Christians.  Google it.   Google, the search engine on most desktops, helps internet searchers by giving sugggestions on topics or highlighting the predominant searches others are making.  Type in "Christians are" and then work your way through the alphabet.  In a few moments it becomes apparent that the majority of "labels" or categories of filling in the blank are predominantly negative.  Apparently we have a "PR" problem.   Add to that is the rise in the population of those who describe themselves as "none" (as in "none...
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29
Aug

Hope?

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The world's a mess.   I know...that's pretty much a "duh!" statement.    As I write this, evidence is mounting for a United States response to chemical weapons used on civilians in Syria.  Egypt is under military rule, civil war looms, Christian churches have been burned, and it's unknown how long it will take before any direction becomes evident.  Things are tense with Russia, China, almost anything having to do with the Middle East, and you would be hard-pressed to find anything positive almost anywhere.   Things "at home" are not better.  The recession may be over but it doesn't feel...
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08
Aug

God Calling

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The last weeks of August are, in Northern Virginia, transitional.  It's the last gasp of summer and, for some, it means that one last trip out of town before back to the routines of the fall and school.  For some of us, the transition is a milestone, sending a child off to school for the first time or moving into a new house, or a new community.  For many of us, fall transition is mental--a pattern fixed long ago where fall signified the opportunity of a new beginning, new habits, new friends, even a new life.    It's exciting to look ahead...
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18
Jul

Guest Blogger. Teacher Lorraine Montanari

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Needed: A Summer Wedding Lorraine Montanari As we look around what do we find but yet another round of race riots in American streets, gay marriage given more legal rights by the Supreme Court, erratic weather patterns evidenced throughout the world, the inevitable political corruption nationally and internationally—mainly all harbingers that righteousness and rationality still do not prevail in our world presently.  We would be sluggish and torpid of mind and soul if we did not reflect on the present state of affairs as it relates to the appearing of Christ, our Groom, on earth again.  Though no one knows the...
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27
Jun

Right Before Your Eyes

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A lot of the stories of the Bible come out of an agricultural environment.  Growing things was how most people survived and supported their families.  Not so much anymore...we might have a small garden or a potted plant or two, but it's a rarity that we have a direct connection to the soil for our livelihood.  Some of the Bible stories take a bit of work to find application in our highly technical world.  Some don't take any work at all.   Jesus told one of these stories about seed getting scattered all over the place.  The guy scattering the seed seemed to be...
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13
Jun

FASTER!

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Faster! Faster! Faster!   It's the mantra of our culture.  We want it fast.  We need it now.   I used to wait for the TV to warm up before a picture emerged on the screen (yep, I'm that old).  I used ot wait days for letters from Mom and Dad with news of home.  Now I channel surf and get frustrated when someone doesn't immediately respond to my texts.   Faster!  We're inventing new words to measure how fast we get it or how soon we need it.  Nanoseconds used to be fast...now it's picoseconds (because a nanosecond just wasn't...
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05
Jun

BLESSED

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Over the next few days my house will be a mess.  My youngest daughter graduates from High School and that means family arrives to celebrate the milestone.  My parents get here first.  The daughter in Florida arrives next.  The kids and grandkids will revolve around the schedules of meals and events meant to mark our last "baby" moving, as slowly as we can orchestrate, her transition to adulthood.  We will have 4 generations of Beardens under the roof...from 85 years to 3 months old.  I love it.  I am blessed.   These will be moments to savor.  There will be stress--we are...
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29
May

Change Happens

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Change.  They say the only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper.  Having a few grandchildren reminded me that even babies with wet diapers don't always like change.  Yet...change happens.  Without attention, weeds invade your lawn, paint begins to fade, things (and people) age and change.  Doing nothing does nothing to hold back the reality that things are changing.   The culture is changing.  It's hard to imagine how different things are.  Expected are rulings by the Supreme Court on redefining marriage while the Boy Scouts have already redefined criteria for membership.  Missing and resisted are any allusions...
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Selah Tickets On Sale
Created On Friday, 19 September 2014
Selah will be in concert here singing with the celebration choir on Friday December 5. Tickets for the concert will be...

Sunday Evening and Wednesday Evening activiities
Created On Friday, 05 September 2014
Sunday evening and Wednesday evening activities have begun. Please check times online on the calendar, so you don't miss...

Fellowship Dinners!
Created On Friday, 05 September 2014
Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinners are BACK! Dinner is at 5:30. REMEMBER YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET IN ADVANCE. They are...

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
 
 
 
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