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God Is Still With Us

I hope all of you are doing well and that today has been a good day. That is my hope, but I also know that is not always the case. Life is not always easy; things do not always happen the way we want them to or at the most convenient of times. This particular season of life seems to have super-sized that for us. When things get tough, we can feel like the Jews of the exile we have been talking about: God has abandoned us. Though it may feel that way, God is still with us. I was reminded of that today as I read my devotion which included this quote from Madeleine L’Engle, It is when things go wrong, when the good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is mo

Sabbath Check-In

Happy Monday Edgemont! In our email two weeks ago, I challenged each of us to pick a day of the week that was going to be our Sabbath day. Then, on that day, to pay special attention to our activities and try and find the things that were restorative for us. Today, I am checking-in to see how it is going. How have you been able to take time and give yourself rest? Have you found any new activities that have been beneficial to you? If you haven’t, that’s okay! That’s part of why this challenge is an experiment. Not everything that works for one person will work for another. God has given us all different gifts and graces and that is equally true for how we can experience sabbath rest. Som

Back to School

As I have looked around on Facebook this week, my feed has slowly started to build with pictures of our current it is back to school time. Children are preparing for their new grade, college campuses are starting to fill up, homeschool families are gearing up for their start too; but this year is different. Covid-19 has changed things. Many of our children’s back to school pictures have a new accessory, a mask. Many other families are trying virtual learning or home school this year. Some homeschool parents are taking on additional students to be helpful to friends and neighbors. It is in this reality we are facing that we need to bring an extra helping of grace for one another and ourselves

Statement from the Early Arts Advisory Council

Balance. The pandemic highlights the decisions we make each day. For those who must earn a living and don't have the choice to work from home, we balance our personal safety against the dangers of a workplace filled with other workers. For those who work and can't schedule a grocery pick-up at Wal-Mart or Publix, we balance our personal safety against the dangers of crowded aisles and potentially contaminated grocery carts. For families with children who need school meals, who need structure, who need educational opportunities, we balance their personal safety (and even our own) against the danger of sending them to school where they may be exposed to the virus. We make all these decisions b

Kindness

Have you ever got a song in your head that you have not heard in a long time? This morning, as I was reading the facebook status of a pastor friend of mine, a Chris Tomlin song called “Kindness” popped into my head. This song was from his very first national album back in 2001, The Noise We Make. I am sure many of you remember this song, whose chorus goes like this, It's your kindness lord That leads us to repentance Your favor lord, is our desire It's your beauty lord That makes us stand in silence Your love Your love Is better than life This song reminds me of God’s great love for each one of us, and yes for me. The first line really hit me this morning: It’s your kindness Lord

Prayer Breakfast Update and Invitaiton

Hello Edgemont Family! Today, we wanted to give an update on our Friday Morning Prayer breakfast group. As many of you know, a group of Edgemont members (and sometimes members of our extended Edgemont Family) meet at 7:00 a.m. on Friday mornings to have a fellowship meal, address prayer cards, and pray for those on our list as well as other church, community, and world needs. This has been happening for over 20 years! We have a great time together as we eat, fellowship, and share in each other’s joys and concerns. When the pandemic hit, we decided not to meet in person, but in addition to our normal list, we would send prayer cards out to every member, regular attender, staff member, and

Sabbath

One of my favorite devotional book series is the Ancient Christian Devotional, which is divided into three books, one for each year of the lectionary. This series pairs each scripture reading from that week’s lectionary with writings from the early Church Fathers and Mothers. Some of those featured are: St. Augustine, Brigid of Ireland, and John Chrysostom, who was an early Bishop and eloquent writer and speaker. One of the readings this week covers Matthew 14:13-21, where Jesus feeds the five thousand men plus women and children. Right before this miracle, Jesus had taken one of his moments to go away for a quiet time of prayer. One of the quotes on this passage was from John Chrysostom, “w

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