Precarious and Precious

We hope you enjoyed the sacred silliness of the Nativity Pageant. With gusto and glee, our community exuberantly recounted the story of the birth of Jesus. Perhaps our production seemed ludicrous but underneath the outlandish spirit is a powerful truth: it was a precarious time...
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Hitting Your Breaks Frequently in Traffic

Here we are again. (Stop). Waiting. (Stop). Staring at the bumper-stickers of the car in front of us. (Stop). Sometimes, there is a moment that we get our hopes up. Sometimes, it seems like there is an opening. Sometimes the road seems to clear, and all of the red lights in front...
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Reflection From an Apartment

Our reflection this week comes from Judy Bordeaux about her experiences with the project to furnish an apartment for newly arrived refugees:  Picture this: Two brand new stuffed animals wait in the children’s bedroom. On the desk, under the desk lamp, are paper, pen,...
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Hosting in November

For more than 20 years, First Congregational Church, Bellevue has hosted the Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) rotating shelter for the month of November. This longstanding ministry of the church requires many hands working as hosts, coordinators, volunteers and donating to...
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OWL

Perhaps you’ve heard me talk a great deal about OWL lately, but I am not referring to the mysterious nocturnal animals. Our Whole Lives, or OWL, is a progressive and inclusive curriculum the UCC created (along with the Unitarian Universalists) based on the biblical...
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Thoughts and Prayers

Usually I am all about the prayers. It is a lot like my job, you might imagine, praying for people. When faced with something too big to bear, it seems like time to pray. In the midst of the daily routines of life, when getting so swept up in the trivial that you fail to see the...
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Group Juggling

My favorite team building activity is called Group Juggling – maybe you’ve played it. The group stands in a circle, and the action starts with one ball being tossed from person to person until everyone has caught and thrown it once. Everyone has to then remember who threw them...
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Greetings from Milwaukee

Dear Church, I am currently writing to you from the great state of Wisconsin, and I promise to do my best to bring cheese curds for the Congregational Meeting on Sunday. As with most travel, the most important part of this trip for me is people. I am part of a program through the...
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New Beginnings

I have loved the “back to school” pictures of kids this year—folks taking a snapshot to mark a new beginning for the first day of school, usually in a snappy outfit. We need a ritual to mark new beginnings, and these photos can also be a yard stick as time goes on. We can see how...
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