• Power Struggles

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | October 08, 2019

    “Charles! Take that attitude and mouth with you when you leave. The office is expecting you. NOW!”

    Charles was a fifteen-year-old student in my seventh grade class. He had given even the most seasoned teachers the runaround the first three months of the school year. I was a rookie, and I had my hands full dealing with his ongoing disruptive behavior. We all celebrated in the teachers’ lounge the day Charles moved to California to live with his mother.

  • Opportunity Not Obstacle

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | September 26, 2019

    Ever had to let go of something familiar and embrace something brand new? Of course, all of us have. If you’ve ever changed churches, you know what it feels like to leave familiar terrain and faces, and walk into the new place and ask for directions. It’s weird to worship with strangers. Years ago, my pastor- husband and I were looking for a church. He was in-between jobs. We were late because we couldn’t find the kids’ classrooms, we thought we’d slip into the service, the prelude was ending but there were no empty seats in the back.

  • Friends

    Blog | Karen McGuire | September 24, 2019

    As an only child, I grew up in a small family. My parents both passed away when I was a young adult and my last close relative passed away when I was 40. I was married for a few years and have a son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren – still a pretty small family.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Committed or Just Involved?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | September 19, 2019

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race…” (2 Timothy 4:7).

    Are You Committed or Just Involved?

    Regardless of our position, title or role, when it comes to our cause, project, plan or relationship, we are either committed to it or we are merely involved in it.

  • Beware the Judgment Trap

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | September 17, 2019

    It’s no big secret. There are no shortages of criticisms, critics, or judges.  Turn on the radio, pick-up a magazine, watch television, walk around the office or just sit in any food court and you’ll find plenty of people ready to tell us what is wrong with the world.  You may hear, or perhaps say to yourself, things like they should eat healthier, control their children, dress appropriately, be more productive at work and of course should do more at home.  We are far from perfect and one of most harmful things we do is judge ourselves and others.

  • No Thanks!

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | September 12, 2019

    “Hurry, Christine! Grab that net over there and help me land this beauty!”

    My dad had invited me along ice fishing so I could enjoy the smooth skating surface we’d been blessed with that winter. The bay ice stretched for miles, and I took full advantage of this almost endless rink. But now my dad was struggling with an exceptionally large fish on the end of a taut line.

  • Team Waffle House

    Blog | Kim Rider | September 10, 2019

    Last summer, my husband and I stopped to have breakfast at our favorite Waffle House in Cornelia, GA. As usual, they were extremely busy with the morning rush. As we sat down, I noticed that most of the patrons in the restaurant did not have any food. My first thought was, “This is going to take forever!” We were not in a big rush that morning, so we hung around.  As a people watcher,  I love to just sit and watch people. As I was looking around the restaurant, I saw happy people laughing and appearing to have a great time while they waited on their food.