Recently, as I was waiting to be called back for my annual mammogram, I was again intrigued that it’s one of those places where it seems pretty natural and ok to talk to strangers. After all, we’re all there for the same purpose, all a little vulnerable in those hospital gowns, just waiting. I talked … Continue reading If You Can’t Cry Here… by Rev. Nani Arning
1. Attend a Worship Service Many faith communities offer worship services that allow for a time of reflection, contemplation, looking back over the last year, and looking ahead to the New Year. The United Methodist tradition has a variety of services: a. Watch Night Owlah Services b. Watch Night Vespers c. Watch Night Vigil To … Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s with Your Children!
Thanksgiving Week has for many years been one of my favorite weeks. The excitement of being with family and friends as we feast on turkey, potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and all the rest on Thanksgiving Day is led into by the way we help others be ready for that same abundant meal. For many years … Continue reading Food for All, and All for Fun, by Rev. Denise Bender
It’s that time of year again: Halloween has come and gone, Christmas commercials have begun, and Christmas music is even playing in the stores. Thanksgiving will soon be here, but so often gets lost amidst the other holiday festivities. That being said, Thanksgiving is a wonderful celebration to help children think of others.
During the recent Harvest Festival at one of my churches, we had the usual chili for lunch, skeleton hands made with disposable gloves (100 for $1.00 at the Dollar Store), bobbing for chocolate donuts, TP mummy wraps, and musical chairs with the top two winners going home with a cake! The only problem was that … Continue reading When There Is No Music, by Rev. Denise Bender
About a month ago, we got three chickens. This is after I said we would probably never have chickens. My son repurposed a piece of furniture into the coop, built a run, and away we went! It’s amazing how peaceful and calming those chicken sounds are. Not really knowing anything about raising chickens, I’ve learned … Continue reading The Lessons of Chicken TV – by Rev. Nani Arning
Rev. Denise Bender It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon, like many I experience. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the family dog lies at my feet under my desk... pretty typical. I reflect on what makes Sunday afternoons so quiet for me – and for many who experience the customary Sunday morning flurry … Continue reading Building the Perfect Man, by Rev. Denise Bender
Yesterday was the Easter Eggstravaganza at Bethany UMC, an annual Easter egg hunt that has been a tradition at many churches. The Eggstravaganza also saw the continuation of another annual tradition (or so it seems) - a snowstorm! Not surprising for spring in Denver. The children were very excited all morning and barely made it … Continue reading New Life in Community as We Celebrate the Easter Season
Lord God, you are my strength. Hold my hand in my weakness and teach my heart to fly. With you, there's nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. Hold me tight in your embrace, so that I can be stronger than the challenges in my life. Amen. (from Alive Now Facebook page) This week, our family of … Continue reading Hold My Hand in Weakness by Rev. Nani Arning