Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Making ThanksGiving ThanksLiving

As a day that gives voice to our highest ideals, Thanksgiving can be a time to remember with gratitude and humility that we alone are not responsible for whatever bounty is in our lives....

Alternative Checklist: How Much is Enough?

  Each day that passes, the evidence mounts up that it is time for our society to start giving back more than we take from our planet and her people. Our taking (buying, having, discarding)...
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A Time to Prepare for Christmas

Traditionally, the Church has set aside four weeks prior to Christmas as a time to prepare.  We call this time Advent. While most of our culture does take several weeks to prepare for Christmas, most...
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Give Chickens This Christmas

For over 50 years, The Heifer Project has been making the world a better place.  They make it easy for you to give a meaningful gift this Christmas that will have  a huge effect...

The Beginning of Advent Poem

'Twas The Beginning of Advent  By Todd Jenkins 'Twas the beginning of Advent and all through the Church Our hope was all dying-- we'd given up on the search. It wasn't so much that Christ wasn't invited, But...

Advent Calendars

Advent begins Sunday, December 3, 2017. There are many Advent Calendars to help prepare for the coming of Christmas. One of my favorites is Follow The Star, prepared by the Campus ministry folks Cooperative...

THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE

  Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Christmas, I commit myself to the following: 1.  To remember those people who truly need my gifts. 2.  To express my love for family and friends in more direct...

Ten Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas

  1.  Plan ahead. Instead of going on auto-pilot the day after Thanksgiving, hold a family meeting to decide what the group really wants to do and who’s going to do what. 2.  If you need...

Christmas With More Meaning and Less Money

  You asked for ideas about celebrating Christmas with lots of spirit and little cash. Choosing to simplify Christmas can be enriching, no matter why you've arrived at that choice. Don't be concerned that your children will...

Family Resources for an Alternative Christmas

Christmas in history: Mingling cultural traditions Despite the fact that the Gospel of Luke links the date of Jesus' birth to a census in Palestine decreed by Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1), nothing is known of...

The Magic’s In You

The Holidays were approaching My blood pressure was up. No one was happy, Not even the pup. I felt pressured and frantic; Had not started the baking. Worst of all was the state Of the things I was making. I need gifts...

How The Great Guest Came

Before the cathedral in grandeur rose At Ingelburg where the Danube goes; Before its forest of silver spire Went airily up to the clouds and fires; Before the oak had ready a beam, While yet the arch was stone...

12 Days of Christmas Gift Price Index 2017

A partridge in a pear tree and all the other 11 gifts would set you back $34,558.65 this year. That's slightly more expensive than last year, according to PNC's annual index of the 12 Days...

Prescription for Joy:

  Smile, Breathe Deeply, Relax, Enjoy, Be at Peace, Trust, Be Trustworthy, Bend, Plant a Geranium, Stick it in your Hat, Have Patience, Love Yourself, Love Others, Sing and Dance, Make Music, Slow Down, stay Balanced, Laugh Heartily, Have Compassion, Count your Blessings, Bless...

12 Days of Christmas Gift Litigation (because you need to smile)

Intercepted E-mail: Last year this series of messages was intercepted, I thought you might be interested. This serves as a warning to all who tend to go overboard with lavish gifts designed to impress --...

Celebrating the Epiphany of Emmanuel

Epiphany is one of the three oldest festival days of the Christian Church. It commemorates, according to tradition, "the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles." Epiphany, January 6 is also known as "Little Christmas," or "Three...

Call for Epiphany Resources

While I am aware that Epiphany celebrations are bigger than Christmas celebrations for much of the world, there is a paucity of descriptions of exactly how this season could be (or is) celebrated in...

The Day of the Kings – El Dia de los Reyes

Perhaps you might find something here to contribute to your celebrations at this time of year: In Spain and many parts of the world, it is not the Baby Jesus, Santa Claus or St. Nicholas...

Lent and Easter

Easter is the most important event for Christians the world over. Easter is of such importance that the Church has set aside 40 days for folks to prepare themselves and get ready for a proper...

10 Tips for a Simpler More Meaningful Easter

  1. Plan ahead. Instead of going on auto-pilot, hold a family meeting to decide what the group really wants to do and who’s going to do what. Observe Lent for 40 days before Easter,...

11 Ways to Appropriately Celebrate Lent – according to Jesus

  1.   Make certain you do not perform your religious duties in public so that people will see what you do.        (Matthew 6:1) 2.  Wash your face and comb your hair. (Matthew 6:17b) 3.   Do not put...

A 40-Day Guide for Lent and Easter

  These brief sayings include  lectionary readings (Sundays and Holy Week), old sayings, facts & statistics, Old & New Testament, modern prophets & other voices, bumper stickers & billboards. Discuss and meditate on each one, even...

Get Ready for Lent: Alternative Worship Resources

Nearly 50 Links and articles collected by Simple Living - the folks formerly known as Alternatives and Alternatives for Simple Living, publishers of the Alternative Christmas Catalogue, Whose Birthday Is It Anyway?, And various...

Get Ready for Lent: 40 Acts of Generosity

Lent begins February 14 this year! This year, do Lent differently, do Lent courageously, do Lent generously. Stretch your faith and change your community. One day at a time. One act at a time. Try the 40 Acts challenge on for...

Get Ready for Lent: 100’s of Resources for You to Use

Links to hundreds of web pages filled with resources for study, reflection, worship/liturgical preparation, lovingly and thoughtfully compiled by  Jenee Woodward.     This page should be the preacher’s first stop on the road to worship...