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Return to alaska

As some of you know, Reuben is returning to Alaska in about 10 days, March 2nd. He is going to be looking for work on someone else’s boat either fishing for cod or halibut. He is returning so early this year due to financial reasons. Essentially, God has provided immensely in the past 4 months since Reuben’s been home. Allowing my Cutco business to exceed expectations in Nov and Dec as...

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Boys are at risk too

I was listening to an interview on the radio yesterday and I heard a statistic that really alarmed me.  The woman being interviewed, Kat, is a survivor of human trafficking from Florida.  She has escaped from that life and now runs an organization that works to protect kids from that type of crime. What struck me was that 1/3 of the kids who approach her to share their experiences when she speaks ...

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Hey all- would some of you mind sharing some elementary schools you recommend or would not recommend for me… trying to do some research from Detroit…. I think we will be living near the mcculley’s – but that isn’t for sure – and I really don’t mind driving if it’s a good school.

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Thank You Rod

Rod, Thank you for mentioning the reality of loss in our community amongst our day of celebration and rejoice.  I am so grateful for your tact and gentleness to address the passing of Miriam’s husband, Dennis’ stepfather, Dave Hyatt.  Thank you for reminding us of Jesus’ call to us, to hold both grief and gratitude simultaneously, so that we can feel met in our sorrows and our jo...

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Going out

When you grow stir crazy, you’ll do almost anything to get out of the house. I needed to cash a check and make a deposit so I bribed my kid to drive me through the bank drive through with the promise of running through McDonalds on our way home. He agreed and off we went. It was so good to get out of the house. At McDonalds I had to shout my order from the passenger seat and combine it with ...

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Village News and Notes 1/23/15

Hello everyone, Here’s the volunteer list for this week Kid Vespers: Susan Cepin Mike Wise Mid Kids: Trizia Williams Nursery Layne Crawford Mark Crawford Cook Ryan and Andrea McCulley Band The Others Michael Cousineau(Sound) Other News The Superbowl party is happening Feb 1st. We will have a short service before the game thanking God for the gift of the building, kids will be in the service....

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Watching television

“Be careful what you ask for…” Mom always said. Mom is almost always right about these sorts of things and I would be wise to listen. I’m bored flopped out on the couch sucking down pain medication and watching television all day long. People come and visit and that is awesome because it breaks the monotony. Being the whiner that I am, I tell folks about how bored I am. The...

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Doctor visit

Well, I screwed up. I went to my surgeon for my first follow up visit on Friday and I told him that I was only taking the muscle relaxants morning and evening and that I had almost weaned myself completely off the narcotic pain killers. The pain has been tough to manage, but I was managing it and was quite proud of myself for doing so. I was excited to tell him what I had been able to accomplish a...

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A Blog Based Off of Rod’s Sermon

David snagged a book from his parent’s house- and when we arrived in Detroit I snagged it and started reading it. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do one thing particularly well… and that thing is to cry. I cry. If you’re crying and I am connected to your story- I’m gonna cry. However, I generally don’t cry when I read books- I feel deeply inside, but that feelin...

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Romanticizing Death

I recently wrote a letter to the editor in response to an article where a local doctor had advocated for ‘death with dignity’ for people suffering from the various forms of dementia. In it I suggested there was nothing dignified about death, I declared it to be the enemy that it is. A woman who served as a chaplain responded by castigating me and talking about all the beautiful things ...

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