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Vacation Bible Camp 2016 - Day 1

Posted by The Rev. Karen Haig on

Welcome to VBC – all of the campers had a wonderful and wonder-filled day today!  Our theme today sets the tone for the entire week – Jesus surprises us in so many ways!  The story woven throughout today’s activities is the story of Jesus in the Temple at age 12 (Luke...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 4

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

Today was our last full day in the Skagit Valley. The only thing we’ll be doing tomorrow is packing up our campsite and loading up cars to go home. I can’t imagine a better last day…nor could I have predicted how much such a short an “immersion” into the lives of...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 3

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

Think of your “normal” day. When you wake up in the morning, do you have a good idea of what you will be doing? Do you have a schedule you try to keep? Is your life at least somewhat predictable? The community we come from has, at least, the illusion of predictability. Whether it is...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 2

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

The berry season in the Skagit Valley starts in late May or early June and runs through late October. The first crop is strawberries which are the hardest to pick. Picking strawberries means straddling a row of plants, bent at the waist, and picking as you walk along hunched over. The...

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Skagit Valley Mission Trip 2016 - Day 1

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Posted by Brian Gregory on

We’ve arrived! All 10 of our youth and 3 adult leaders have settled in to our campsite at Riverbend RV Park in Mt. Vernon. It is picturesquely situated between the banks of the Skagit River and…Walmart (which is very convenient for the random items we need). We wish we had pictures...

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Posted by The Rev. Kathryn Ballinger on

In April I attended an enrichment day for spiritual directors at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle. These events are a wonderful time to gather with spiritual directors of other faith traditions and enjoy a time of refreshment and renewal for all. The presenters were Christine...

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Gardening

Posted by The Rev. Karen Haig on

…The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth. —Dorothy Frances Gurney Sometime about three years ago, I spent several afternoons digging plants out of the garden in the old St. Thomas close...

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Adventures with Wally

Posted by The Rev. Kathryn Ballinger on

I recently realized I’ve not written much about the misdeeds of Wally, our Airedale. In the past year he has failed to furnish much new material. I also realize my theological discourses do not raise as many comments as my writings about cars, rats, and gardening. Wally will be seven in...

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