Four Festive Family Easter Crafts

By , Contributing Writer| April 4th, 2019|

Jesus…and bunnies and eggs? Oh my! This blog has Easter crafts for families on either side of the bunny debate. But first, He comes first. Let’s get our Jesus craft fix. 1. Jesus’ Tomb Treats My son made this craft at church when he was three years old. I picked him up from Kidzone, and [...]

Four Family Easter Activities That Can Become Traditions

By , Contributing Writer| March 21st, 2019|

Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is the event that seals our destiny in heaven and helps us experience unbelievable grace and love on earth. We celebrate this holiday in spring as a time of renewal in our lives as the time rolls forward giving us more daylight hours [...]

How Everyone Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By , Copy Editor| February 9th, 2019|

Valentine’s Day is sometimes referred to as “Single-Awareness Day.” But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are married, divorced, dating, or single, there are many ways you can still have fun while celebrating this day of love. Depending on your stage of life, we have found different ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this [...]

Three Ways to Celebrate MLK Day

By , Copy Editor| January 16th, 2019|

As one of the most influential and inspiring leaders in our nation’s history, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a minister and civil rights activist that greatly impacted race relations in our country. Drawing upon his faith, King organized peaceful protests and delivered inspirational speeches, bringing messages of love, hope, and equality to all. His “I [...]

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 [...]