• Megan Pacheco

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Or Do They?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | April 30, 2019

    “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)

  • Operator, Can You Help Me With This Call?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | April 25, 2019

    In 1972, inspired by his military service, Jim Croce wrote and recorded the song “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels).”  According to his widow, Ingrid, while at training, Croce felt disconnected from the things and people that he loved. He routinely saw lines of soldiers waiting to use the telephone, many calling about Dear John letters received. Because they did not always have telephone numbers or numbers had been changed, they relied on the help of the telephone operator to be connected.

  • Time

    Numbering Our Days

    Blog | Karen McGuire | April 23, 2019

    What was your first reaction when you read the first word? Maybe you just cringed. Maybe you thought I don’t have enough of it. Maybe you thought that time was getting away from you as your kids, grandkids and others grow taller, older, smarter.

  • Lent is a Time to Listen

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 16, 2019

    “Say what?” “Can you hear me now?” These familiar jingles have been used in popular commercials to get our attention. The catch phrases invite us to listen in. Hearing is what we do in response to an audible voice, startling noise or soothing music. According to Google, ‘to hear means to perceive with the ear the sound made by someone or something.

  • Letting Go Must Have Been Hard for Jesus

    Seven Steps to Help You do it Too

    Blog | Owen Phelps | April 11, 2019

    At this point in Lent, as we find ourselves on the threshold of Easter coming quickly, it’s a good time to consider the challenge of letting go. It could be any number of things:

    • Giving your children a little more independence and/or responsibility;
    • Delegating some things to others at work who could be ready … or maybe not;
    • Moving from your own home into a condo or assisted living arrangements because chores are getting to be too much.

    Whatever the circumstances, letting go is nearly always a challenge.

  • Humble Beginnings

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | April 09, 2019

    “I can’t find a bowl. I wonder where she keeps them?”

    We were enjoying the generosity of one of our members who had insisted we take their private cabin for the weekend. An unfamiliar kitchen had me searching for utensils and bowls to prepare our dinner. And then I opened a cupboard to the sight of stacks of empty margarine containers and bags of used twist ties.

  • 5 Ways to Respond When Life Throws You a Curveball

    Blog | Charles Stone | April 04, 2019

    Curveballs in life are inevitable. Unexpected surprises can level us or become opportunities to learn. The curveball thrown to Joseph when Mary told him about her “surprise” pregnancy certainly caught Joseph off guard, quite a curveball. But the story in Matthew 1 gives us 5 insights on how to respond when life throws you a curveball.

  • The Lent Buzz

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | April 02, 2019

    Okay folks, it’s Lent, not lint. Most of us have noticed the ‘Lent buzz’ has begun. And Lent is not what you clean from your drier vent. Lent is talked about in the news, there are multiple Facebook suggestions, even social media solutions are offered. First, let’s define what Lent is. offers this definition for Lent:

  • Don’t Just Survive – Thrive!

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | March 28, 2019

    I’m intrigued by stories of survivors. Is it possible to survive a free-fall from the Sears Tower in Chicago? The answer is yes. Or what if you fulfill a lifelong dream of skydiving and your parachute fails, could you survive the fall? The answer is still yes. The Wiki How-To manual says, “Hundreds maybe thousands of people have fallen from such heights and lived to tell the tale.”