What You Should Know About Christmas Lights and Advent

By , Copy Editor| December 7th, 2018|

According to the Today show, putting up Christmas decorations can make you happier. When we see Christmas trees and lights go up, there is a boost in our mood, making us more likely to experience joy and peace throughout the holiday season. A Brief History of Christmas Lights Christmas lights began as flickering candles on [...]

Discovering the True Spirit of Advent

By , Weekend Experience Pastor| November 30th, 2018|

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, parties, and presents. I love the songs, classic Christmas movies, and the family gatherings on Christmas Eve. Mostly, I love to cherish the miracle of God becoming human in the baby Jesus. Yet, I must confess, often the busyness of the Christmas season has made it hard for [...]

Everything You Need to Know About the Advent Wreath

By , Contributing Writer| November 29th, 2018|

The turkey is cooked. The pie tins are empty. It’s official: Christmas season is upon us. Whatever you believe about the correct time to start listening to Christmas music, the fact is that for the next month, Grandma’s gettin’ run over by a reindeer on a loop, 24/7. Put out the lights, trim the tree, [...]

Finding Joy in the Little Things This Season

By , Contributing Writer| November 21st, 2018|

Confession time: I can be a little competitive and not always about the obvious things. Sitting on my friend’s living room floor, I stared down at my latest challenge, the blank strip of paper in front of me. My LifeGroup leader was handing one to each person in the room. “I tried this a few [...]

Five Ways to Count Our Blessings

By , Contributing Writer| November 21st, 2018|

Navigating upcoming elections, hearing disturbing news stories, and handling life’s challenges can be a lot to take in at this time of year as we gear up for the holiday season. It kicks off with Halloween and ends with New Year’s Day as we begin 2019. In the middle sits Thanksgiving, a day where we [...]

How to Have a Heart Filled with Thanks

By , Contributing Writer| November 20th, 2018|

Have you ever agreed to do something only to find yourself questioning why? When I agreed to write this blog, I thought it would be easy. I mean, how hard can it be to write about a heart filled with thanks? Now, as I’m finding the time to sit down and work on this, I’m [...]

How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

By , Contributing Writer| November 4th, 2018|

Where’s the baster? Who burnt the rolls? Why is the dog on the table? These aren’t questions you want to hear at home but especially not when hosting dinner with plentiful guests on Thanksgiving. I have been blessed to live in a 700-square-foot apartment, which means I have never had to try to host a [...]

Ten Life Hacks to Make Mom Life Easier

By , Copy Editor| October 30th, 2018|

Moms are some of the busiest people on the planet. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, life can be busy as you juggle all the different roles you play while trying to check off your to-do list. Since we know how busy life can be and how we all need more [...]

Four Ways to Connect with Our Neighbors on Halloween

By , Copy Editor| October 26th, 2018|

Whether you love Halloween or cannot wait for it to be over, it is a great night we can connect with our neighbors. What other day do we go knocking door-to-door without any awkwardness? What other day are most of the neighbors and their children running around the block at the same time? Rather than [...]

How Domestic Violence Impacts Our Community

By , ReNew Director| October 25th, 2018|

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 and was started by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is defined as a pattern of behaviors [...]