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Encouraging Words as We Start 2021

  This past year stretched and challenged us. It taught us a lot about ourselves, one another, and God. It also displayed, perhaps more clearly than ever, the depravity of our world and the utter need for the ultimate healer, rescuer, and peacemaker: our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not guaranteed that this year will be easier, but we can rest assured that He has made us “for this very purpose” (v. 5). (2 Cor. 5) What awaits is something brand new and He will be with us all the way home. The New Year offers each of us a fresh new start. Probably more than ever, you are longing for something new. Allow the Lord to show you which areas of your life need a new beginning and choose to begin each day in His Word. We’re reminded to Fear Not! We may not know the future, but know WHO hold the Future.

Top 10 Things I've learned from 2020

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So I learned a lot of lessons in 2020 and the year that everyone wants to put behind them. Here are some lessons I've learned along the way - in no particular order.  10. Pastoring a church and leading during a pandemic can be a hard thing. Thinking through a lot of venues, and the challenges ahead.   9. Streaming online is an ongoing learning curve. From which platform, to trying to keep things somewhat "normal" to having great volunteers to running the camera, computer and having the right equipment. It was the school of hard knocks.  8. Remote learning - Kids weren't meant to learn remotely. PERIOD. There is something about being in-person and face to face. Even in a church setting as well. Yes, we want to keep people safe. And it is a struggle for teachers, parents, and students. How does one control 25 elementary school students at the same time? (what ever happened to limiting screen time?) The balancing of in-person and those students learning remotely and

November Has Started.

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Update School Names

Story Neew names chosen: Mechanicsville High School. Bell Creek Middle.

The DragonFly

: “The Dragonfly” Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever. Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body desi

Books I'm Reading this Fall 2020

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What are you reading this Fall?