Update from Rachel

Update from Rachel

My second intensive at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, is complete, and I am happy to be back in worship again with you all. It was a long time to be separated from my family but a very good two weeks in terms of the training I received. I took three classes, Pauline...
The Summer Camp Life

The Summer Camp Life

As staff are wrapping up the last week of summer camp this year, I have learned a few things about how the spirit of camp can go with us throughout the rest of the year. First, we can bring people along with us. Jesus’ example to us of doing ministry alongside...
God’s Goodness in the Ups & Downs

God’s Goodness in the Ups & Downs

Can I be honest? This week has been rough. We are wrapping up week five of our six-week summer camp program and it seems that suddenly, things that have worked well all summer are no longer working. I’m not talking huge disasters (thankfully!) just many minor...
Trash Day

Trash Day

Our neighbors forgot to put their trash bin out for pickup last week. As they add this week’s refuse to the already full container, it can’t contain it. (Forget what Oscar the Grouch said about it being “A garbage ‘CAN,’ not a garbage ‘CANNOT!’”) The white, plastic...
Sweet Summertime

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is my favorite season. It is busy and hectic and each day brings new mercies and challenges. Summer often provides tough love. I can’t count the number of times I have said “ no, you can’t pour water on yourself,” or “hey guys, listen to your crew leaders,”...
Camp Season!

Camp Season!

It’s camp season at Holy Cross, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year at our church. Yes, there is always a certain amount of sound and movement and super high energy at 9 am (coffee, please!), but it is one of the best, fullest times of year for...
His Treasure Awaits

His Treasure Awaits

About a year ago, I gathered in an office one weeknight to pray with two other women – friends from my community at The Vine.  Our purpose was simple but deliberate. We would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the characteristics of someone He...
A Story of Faith & Finances

A Story of Faith & Finances

This week’s post is a guest post by Antonia Alzate. Antonia teaches Faith & Finances, a financial literacy program taught in Spanish and geared towards families striving to climb out of poverty. The latest Faith & Finances class graduated this past week...
What Language Do You Speak?

What Language Do You Speak?

They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other tongues.Acts 2:4 Have you ever been in a place where people spoke a language that wasn’t yours and you also didn’t speak theirs? I experienced that a few years ago when I was in...
Faith and belief are like…

Faith and belief are like…

Over the years, I’ve tried to come up with ways to describe “faith” or the act of believing—searching for some examples from the everyday to help illustrate faith and belief for myself. As someone who sits at the back of the classroom, I need all the help I can get!...