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Cook’s Corner October 1, 2017

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.”I first learned that refrain, probably before I could read, as part of a rousing Vaca on Bible Schoolor Sunday School song. It could be sung as a round and it was quite the energy builder. Everybody standing or parading around the room, raising our hands

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Cook’s Corner September 1, 2017

In the last months, the United States has been seen by the world at our worst and at our best. Shootings at baseball practice, marches with Nazi ags and other symbols and language of hate. Fear and evil united to ooze forth and become embodied, and we are forever changed. Then wind and water united

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Cook’s Corner August 1, 2017

When the whole church gathers in an event like General Assembly, it is an interesting combination of family reunion, new ideas and experiences, redundancy desperately seeking innovation, inspired teaching, relaxed time sharing memories with ol’ friends and meeting new colleagues and friends. Disciples gather as the whole church every two years. I learn things at

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Cook’s Corner July 1, 2017

Information comes in so many forms and I nd myself overwhelmed at times. Choosing among print and internet news sources, radio, blogs, podcasts, articles shared by friends and colleagues – who has time to read it all, much less absorb it. All that to say, I am going to share a couple of my recent

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Cook’s Corner June 1, 2017

One of the beauties of spring right now is the trumpet vine. Bright orange blossoms are displaying their beauty along fences, overhanging trellises and more. The fences around my house are covered in them. The other morning, I was watching squirrels darting along the power lines and something in the tree tops caught my eye.

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Cook’s Corner May 1, 2017

This time in the church calendar is such a mixture of highs and lows. Palm Sunday is a great high, then quickly comes the most difficult days, then the amazing day of Resurrection and then fear and wonder and soon, we know, to be followed by the coming of the Holy Spirit in the experience

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Cook’s Corner April 1, 2017

During this Lenten season, I have experienced a great sense of gratitude. Gratitude is not always a word associated with Lent. And yet, here it is. I write on my clay pot with a sharpie and name those barriers I have placed between myself and God (and if you see it on my desk, you

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Cook’s Corner March 1, 2017

It seems a bit odd to say, but I am very excited about our 2017 Lenten Journey with the theme of intersections. How many intersections do we encounter each day? Some of them are difficult moments, painful even, while others we hardly recognize that we have made a choice. The lectionary texts over the past

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Sermon from our Minister, Rev. Dottie Cook

Psalm 27 Matthew 4:12-23 “Here he comes” January 22, 2017   Just prior to where our story begins this day, Jesus has just been baptized by John, spent time in the wilderness facing temptations.  And now has received the news of John’s imprisonment, it is time for his work to begin. It is the intersection

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February 2017

“This is the place of the soles of my feet, where I will reside among the people. . . “ These words come from the Hebrew Scriptures in the book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel was an interesting fellow who had some amazing visions and had some dramatic encounters with beings speaking for God. He lived in

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