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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/18/15 (Second Sunday after Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we have the call of Samuel and the call of Jesus’ disciples. Paul explains why what we do with our physical bodies matters if we are …

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Reading the Bible – Two Plans in 2015

By Dave Eitland Happy New Year!  Blessed New Year! We, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington Ave, Traverse City, Michigan, USA continue our effort to give people worldwide the gift of the Bible by a discipline of daily reading and prayer.  Daily prayers will be based on the wonderful and enduring Book of Common Prayer, …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/11/15 (First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week we have especially rich readings. We hear about the very beginning of creation, Paul performs a second baptism to “incomplete” Christians, and Jesus himself is baptized by John. Epiphany: The word …

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It’s winter and God is in his heaven

By Dixie Stephens Winter brings conflicting feelings for gardeners. The enjoyment of our much-needed rest soon gives way to restlessness. By New Years, I am aching for the physical challenge of working the soil; chafing under woolen clothing that feels too heavy; and pleading with God for a sunny day. During these months, I spend …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/4/15 (Second Sunday after Christmas Day)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Luke 2:41-52. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah has a message of hope to God’s people, Paul tells Christians that God chose us for a reason—that we should be holy and blameless in God’s sight, …

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Jubilee House “All Saints Service” on Dec. 28

Central United  Methodist Church will be holding an “All Saints Service” to honor our friends that have died since October 2013. All are invited to attend the service. The Jubilee House Memorial Cross will stand in honor at the altar of Central United Methodist All Saints Service. Central United Methodist Church 222 Cass Street Traverse …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/28/14 (First Sunday after Christmas)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we hear a song of thanksgiving to God for the vindication and redemption of God’s people in Jerusalem, Paul teaches us that we become children of God through …

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Ministry of the week – St. Theo Amity Guild (STAG)

STAG originated a few years ago when four men decided to provide a monthly meeting that would include fellowship, Evening Prayer, a meal, and the presentation of a special interest topic. It was also decided that they would participate and support the Jubilee House Food Pantry Ministry by providing help with the monthly grocery pick-up …

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Joining the apprentice experience

By Jo Panter Director, Apprentice Traverse City I recently read an article on how to evaluate return on investment (ROI) as a measure of profitability from meetings. Things like time spent, facility costs, quality of agenda, information presented, and quality of interaction by those who are present are included. Did it create a greater proficiency …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/21/14 (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God promises David he will build him a royal dynasty that will last forever, Paul ends his letter to the Romans with a hymn of praise, and Mary says …

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