A Journey: From Vision to Reality

As I read last week’s e-call reflection, “New Year, New Relationships, New Commitments,” it reminded me of the visioning board which hangs on the wall of my home office. The board, entitled “New Voices, New Stories, New Dreams” is the result of some...
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New Year, New Relationships, New Commitments

2018 is upon us; we are beginning our new year together. This Sunday is a busy one in our church life. Music programs are starting up again – with small groups for Bible Study and Social Justice studies starting up again before worship, Chancel Choir and the kids Discovery...
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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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