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Holy Week Reflection

The holy week provides me a time and space to reflect on my faith journey. It has been a long journey of twenty-eight years in my island Kingdom, Tonga, and thirty-eight years in the Democracy United States of America. I had lived in two worlds, one classed as an under-developed, agrarian society. The other is …

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Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the start of the Lenten Season on the Christian Calendar. Many people choose to engage in the spiritual discipline of giving something up during the season of lent in hopes of growing deeper in their connection with God. Some people give up television, social media, coffee or chocolate. Some …

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The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence The following was originally shared by Pastor John Fleming as a post of Facebook. Solitude. Silence. I thought I knew what those words meant. Today I discovered I was wrong. Way wrong. In the past five weeks, I’ve driven through Moab, Utah, four times. It sorta killed my soul, though, because …

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Finding Ballast

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sarah Katreen Hoggatt, the Communications Coordinator for Open Door Churches. In addition to designing many of the posters you see and creating the newsletters, I have also been producing all the worship videos since May 2020. As a writer, it a joy to step …

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I Promise: Gifts

If you’ve been reading the Pastors’ Blog, you know that I am using this forum to share some additional thoughts about the weekly themes that are guiding our worship throughout our Stewardship Campaign this year. And each week, I’m connecting the promise we make in the UM Membership Vows to a specific resource God has …

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