A bee, the humble worker kind, has been an emblem of the city of Manchester, in England, for over 150 years. It harkens back to the manual labor performed in the textile mills, colloquially referred to as “hives” during the industrial revolution.

In the wake of the May...

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  Back in 1840, when this expression first appeared in print, it may not have offended cat or animal lovers. Today it will, or should. Surely there are less gruesome ways of explaining that problems generally have multiple solu...

An estimated 12 million adult coloring books were sold in the US in 2015.  Initially, skeptics said coloring is just another fad.  What they did not appreciate was how coloring books offered people an elixir, a way of getting past personal obstacles, and how it struck...

February 22, 2017

What will you do with your life this year?  Your 2017 hourglass is, by the grace of God, filled with the sands of 12 months of time.  Well, by now it is already down to more or less 11 months of sand, since time also flies.

Will you take time this year to read some...

“You get what you pay for.” If this adage masks a deeper truth, Christmas would bring it to light.

Christians refer to the weeks leading up to December the 25th as “Advent.” It is formally described as a time of preparation and expectation, of waiting for a “coming,” wh...

November 3, 2016

Seeds planted in good soil produce grain, which grows up and increases to yield thirty and sixty and a hundred times as much! (Based on Mark 4:8-9)

Like a small handful of seeds that grows into a massive field of grain, and like a tiny pebble dropped into a lake that cr...

September 29, 2016

Life can be “ruff,” even on a cute little pug. Really, what is it about life that could get even a pug down and depressed?  

Yes, life and its complexities do get to us - and it gets to all of us; none of us can really escape it. There are times when all of us, like thi...

September 8, 2016

It was a wake-up call. When the first plane was deliberately flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, we were all rudely awakened to the new “normal.”   

In the fifteen years since, no issue has become more prized or costly than security. In the wake o...

It’s one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The poignant story and moving score of Les Misérables intertwine to create what most consider to be a masterpiece of art. Passion for the musical was reignited recently as the book-turned-Broadway musical came alive on...

 

This past weekend, we held our spring Rummage Sale here at Community Church. After months of collecting and sorting donations from the surrounding towns, church volunteers spent hours folding clothes, cleaning dishes, dusting furniture, testing electronics and arrangi...

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