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Joy! (and all the rest)

This week's newsletter is especially for the parents. The parents who are struggling to keep it all together. The parents who are experiencing sadness or grief even as the Christmas carols play on an endless loop. By The Reverend Christine V. Hides In the midst of the holiday cheer there can also [...]

Finding Peace in Hard Places

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Breakfasts and brunches with Santa, wrapping Christmas gifts for outreach agencies, basketball and hockey games, homework and chores, travel plans and family gatherings. The weekends leading up to Christmas are brimming with excitement and maybe a hint of exhaustion. On Sunday morning, after a few unexpected [...]

Advent Begins

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Sunday, December 1 was the first day of Advent, the four weeks that help to prepare us for the mystery of the king who is unlike any other king, a king born in a manger. A king who was coming and is still [...]

The Great Thanksgiving

Getting ready to create our Advent projects with preschool–first grades. By The Reverend Christine V. Hides Happy New Year! Did you know that yesterday was Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year? We are at the threshold of Advent which begins on December 1. In Sunday School and [...]

From “Gimmee!” to Gratitude

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides If Advent is the season of preparing for Christmas, then November is the season of parents preparing for the onslaught of advertisements and messages that fuel our kids’ desires for more, more, more. Many parents I have spoken with this week have expressed a deep longing for [...]

Where is God?

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides On Wednesday at 8 p.m. parents will gather together online to discuss how we might make room for God in the midst of an often over-scheduled holiday season. Please join me for a time of discussion and prayer intended to center us on what matters most before [...]