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Pastor Mark’s eNote: Pictures of Christmas

        Kathy got the idea from somewhere–a magazine that no longer exists is my guess.  “We’ll take a picture every year,” she said, “and we’ll turn them into ornaments for the tree.”  And, strangely enough, we did.  Not every tradition we tried out lasted, but this one–thanks to Kathy’s persistence–has survived. It…

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Pastor Mark’s eNote: Unwrapping the Christmas Gift

        The day draws nigh.         One more Sunday, one more candle, one more week of getting ourselves ready for it all. Then, Christmas.         In the church, we’ve taken a four-week run at it, pondering each week some aspect of the baby-sized message big enough…

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Pastor Mark’s eNote: St. Nick’s Party

        A certain saintly man named Nicholas decided to throw a great celebration of Christmas, so he sent invitations to everyone he knew, near and far. To everyone in his address file he sent an invitation, to everyone in his e-mail contact list, to Facebook friends and Twitter followers, to everyone on…

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Pastor Mark’s eNote: The Pageant Begins

        It’s official now: The great pageant has begun, and we are all settling into our roles. Maybe you’re not a shepherd or angel this year but a decorator or chef. Maybe your role is to balance schedules or budgets. Or you might be the one who rallies the family for the…