We are entering the fourth Sunday in Advent. The journey has seemed both short and long. The perceived dichotomy of peace and business, hope and reality, joy and brokenness has led us to a place where many of us are ready to fall on our knees in exhaustion, confusion and sorrow at the state of … Continue reading The Journey To The Manger
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There is a tree that lives in an old greenhouse in Mosca, Colorado that is at least 132 years old. Mosca is not it's original home. As far back as the tree's history goes, the original tree is from Texas. This fig tree has had cuttings that were carried in covered wagons from Texas to … Continue reading Weathered, but Not Worn
Rev. Nani Arning A few weeks ago, we had a great cause for celebration when my dad hit the age of 90. He wanted a party to celebrate the milestone and he had a party! The family gathered along with friends from throughout the years. It was quite a testament to him, his life, his … Continue reading 90 is a Great Age!
As we have shared, our remarkable partner in Sacred Stones, Rev. Kerry Greenhill, has found an exciting ministry opportunity that means she is leaving our work to pursue an incredible justice-seeking opportunity that will allow her to use many of her gifts and graces. In her 5 years working with Sacred Stones she has helped us in … Continue reading Rev. Kerry’s New Adventure
by Rev. Denise Bender The Gospels tell us that Jesus often spoke to and about people who are poor during his earthly life and ministry. Yet for churches in middle-class or higher settings, youth may have little interaction with people living in poverty, and may not realize the many challenges that come with low or … Continue reading A Unique Lesson on Poverty for Youth
By Rev. Nani Arning “A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.” This quote struck me as absolute truth when it has come to ministry. It’s comfortable to be in a place where I know what to do and how to do it, until it’s challenged. Life is about growth and … Continue reading Reflections on Five Years of Sacred Stones Ministries
At Sunrise Preschool, where I teach music in the weekday program, we’ve just shared our Christmas program, “Christmas In Our Jammies” with family and friends. Included in our weekly class, I shared the Christmas story each week from a different author and illustrator...
By Rev. Denise Bender I always seem to become more aware of the weather in the autumn. I think it is because there is a tendency in Denver to have every season there is in the autumn. One day is sunny and I am watching a strawberry plant in bloom (silly thing), and the next … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Things About Fall
The school year has brought with it the experience of growing closer to the person God has created you to be. The school year brought the gifts of teachers and learning, and ends with a great sense of accomplishment and . . . relief. The school year has been more than learning facts about science … Continue reading End of School Blessing