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Message from Jo Forrest -- February 2021

Both of my parents were raised on farms in the Midwest and tended an orchard in central California when they became empty nesters. Your mind may conjure bucolic images of lush fields or hear “tend” as a gentle act to prune trees, yet farming always gets you dirty. Spend any time around farmers and you develop an awareness of dirt. While I was growing up, we moved several times to new states to fol…

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A Single Word

February seems like a good time to begin something new! Recently, I started a new daily spiritual practice, offered by Marilyn McEntyre in her devotional book Word by Word. She invites us to focus on a single word for an extended time. Her series of meditations on a single word is an invitation to dwell with, and reflect on, a single word over the course of a week. She says in this process we…

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Ash Wednesday – A Time to Turn

The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ. The first step of this journey calls us to acknowledge and confront our mortality,…

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Between Here and There -- February 2021

Just a few months ago, in the article I wrote for the December issue of the Spire, I asked the following question: “If we place all of our hope in “getting through 2020,” what will we do when we stub our proverbial toes in 2021?” Needless to say, our toes are pretty banged up after these first few weeks of the new year. Just as the first week of January had wrapped up, I stumbled across these words, …

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Westminster Seminars Online -- February 2021

February Series Paths of Pilgrimage Rev. Ken White, Rev. Louise Rogers, Sandy Conley, Doug Mitchell Rev. Ken White has been leading pilgrimage trips for many decades. A few years ago, Louise Rogers went on a delightful pilgrimage to Scotland led by Ken White that she will never forget! Ken White, pastor from Southminster, Thomas Presbyterian, and Newlonsburg Presbyterian Churches, will be our…

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Coffee Time for Lent

Mondays, beginning February 22 10:00 a.m. on Zoom Join Louise Rogers on Monday mornings for a Zoom study at 10:00 a.m., beginning February 22, to talk about the book Lent in Plain Sight by Jill Duffield. In this devotion for the season, Jill Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, o…

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Virtual Genesis 2.0

It isn’t a Bible study, or a Sunday school class, or a prayer, mission, or Christian fellowship group. It is all of these things! Genesis 2.0 is engaging scripture discussion, a safe place to voice questions and doubts, deeply felt intercessory prayer, and awareness of and responses to where people are hurting in our community. We're currently using Reading John for Dear Life by Jaime Clark-Soles a…

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

Through this Transfiguration hymn runs an implicit comparison between the attitudes and assumptions of the three disciples on that mountain and the expectations of present-day Christians as they gather for worship. This event is reported in Matthew 17:1-9/Mark 9:2-9/Luke 9:28-36. We have Come at Christ’s own bidding to this high and holy place, Where we wait with hope and longing for some token o…

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