Manly, Manly, Manly, Manly Men!

Friday, December 6, 2019 Written by

It always feels a bit ridiculous for me, a woman, to have a conversation with a man about what it means to be manly… and better yet, to insist I am correct.  But what can I say, I am a woman, it’s what we do. (I bet you already feel bad for my husband, and indeed you should.) Unfortunately for all of my close male friends, I do have opinions. 

Happy New Year?

Friday, November 29, 2019 Written by

By David Polzen

This Saturday marks the end of another Church year, and on Sunday we begin a new Church year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent starting us off on the Sunday Lectionary Cycle of Year A (The year of Matthew) and the Weekday Lectionary Cycle of Series Year II.    I have noticed that we don’t bring in the new Church year as we do the new calendar year. There is no ball dropping in Time Square or champagne corks popping at midnight; but over the past few years I have introduced the concept of making a new year’s resolution for the beginning of the Church year...

“So what did you get this time?”

Friday, November 22, 2019 Written by

This past few months I have accompanied my husband when he had to travel a far distance for work. He is able to rent a vehicle instead of driving our own. Over the last few years he has brought home a number of makes and models.

Wounds Call for Healing

Friday, November 15, 2019 Written by

After reading a presentation by Cardinal Tagle, titled The Smell of the Sheep; Knowing their pain and healing their wounds is at the core of the shepherd's task, I have highlighted and summarized here some excerpts that spoke to me.

How do we deal with wounded church? It is not by lack of response to the suffering of victims. It is not also covering up the scandals, living “a deep wound in our relationship with those we are sent to serve.”

For me, the Word of God keeps me on the path to Love. It reveals to me that He does indeed have a plan for all that happens in this world, and that gives me the confidence to be able to continue on in my vocation to love. My experience is that love is not easy all the time, but Scripture helps me to see the bigger picture and grounds the efforts that I make day by day, even when they seem fruitless. This is because the Word of God is ultimately relational, where His voice calls out, sharing the truth of His love for me and emboldening me to follow that path in love for the world.

For Our Common Home

Thursday, October 31, 2019 Written by

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by something you had to do? Some duty or responsibility that just seemed un-do-able no matter which way you looked at it?

Sometimes it's because we’re afraid by the sheer scope of the task. Or, maybe, it’s the demands and hardships it places on our loved ones. Other times it may be because we don't even know where to begin. We may even ask “Why, God?”

Looking Back

Friday, October 25, 2019 Written by

It’s been 8 years since I wrote my first blog in the fall of 2011, three months before our growing parish community took possession of our new building and opened our doors to the world. There was an air of uncertainty, but also hope and anticipation as we approached this new chapter in our history. Looking back, it’s easy to forget how different this space was going to be from our cramped little red brick church. Yet at that point in time it was all still a dream - just a part of our imagination.

Tis' the Season of Winning

Thursday, October 17, 2019 Written by

The fall season could mean a lot of things. For me, the leaves on the ground signify the re-emergence of my youth ministry programming, the swap of flip flops to scarves, and the digging out of my command start key fob. Amongst those things, which cause me to both rejoice and grit my teeth with endurance, I am also immensely pleased to find myself in the midst of another volleyball season.

Thanksgiving ramble

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Written by

Well if it ain’t one thing, it is another!  

Out of the blue a blood vessel bursts in my eyeball. No pain, no discomfort, no change of vision, nothing other than it looking horrible. I would not even have known there was anything happening with my eye if people did not ask, “what did you do to your eye?” So off to the optometrist to get it checked.   I had to get it checked…all my church moms were strongly suggesting I get it checked. So I went and got it checked.   All is good. It is just a burst blood vessel and everything else looks just dandy. (no pun intended)

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