Author Archive: Lynn W

Periodic Pondering

When I heard about this summer’s Sunday theme of, “What Were They Thinking,” it instantly got me thinking that I wanted to have this theme connect with all ages of our congregation and hear what people thought about our church. Or what they are thinking about right now (like me as I’m always thinking about […]

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What Difference do We Make?

The Rev. Patricia Davenport is the Bishop of the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, and among other notable things, she also holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to be elected as a Lutheran Bishop in the USA. She serves the five counties around the metro area of Philadelphia, and has quite a diverse […]

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Monarchs in the Rain Garden

Last summer, church member Erik Hromatka happened to take a really great video of some Monarch Butterflies flitting around our very own Family of Christ Rain Garden. Click on this link to see the brief video, Rain Garden It is beautiful to see how the Rain Garden had attracted such a lovely creature as the Monarch. […]

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Calling All Christians

Pastor’s Periodic Pondering  by Pastor Kimberly Buffie Pastor Kimberly Buffie, Disciple of Jesus Peace and Grace to you, Did you know that when I was selected to be your Associate Pastor, I received an official document referred to as “A Letter of Call”? On this Letter of Call there are specific ministries to which I […]

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How Many Does it Take to Change?

I’ve got just four quick “change-a-lightbulb” jokes for you.  How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?  Only one, but the lightbulb must truly want to change.  How many brewers does it take to change a light bulb?  One-third less than for a regular bulb.  How many amoebas does it take to change […]

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It’s The Only Planet We Have

Last weekend, three of us from Family of Christ – Carlye Peterson, Dave Thomsen, and me (Pr. Josh) – attended the always stimulating and enjoyable Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly.  Along with the camaraderie over coffee or meal breaks, and along with the hallways full of displays, we experienced worship together, and speakers and reports, music […]

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Go and Do Likewise

by Guest Ponderer, Leann Thompson, Director of Faith Formation “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (from the Parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke […]

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Holy Humor Day

I read about an ancient monastery tradition that scheduled a holy day of laughter and joy for the Sunday after Easter.  I suppose when a place has some very strict rules about prayer times, keeping vigils, and vows of silence, it probably helped to have an official day for holy joy, with permission from on […]

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It Is Finished!

Y’all, life has been hard lately. I’ve been student teaching in Houston, Texas this semester and it has definitely brought some challenges. I was teaching in 5th grade for eight weeks, and now have been teaching high school Spanish for the last five weeks. Recently, student teaching and the edTPA (my assessment portfolio to get […]

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Say “Yes” to God

Whew! I have officially hit the ground running here at Family of Christ and already I am learning to save time and breath by referring to this new home as FoC. I am so very excited and energized by this new call in ministry. But then again, it wasn’t my idea. Let me explain… Everyday […]

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