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Faith in Films 2019: Brainstorming is...

“Faith in Films 2019” 2019 theme: Love God and love your neighbor We’ll look at four films in this season of Epiphany when we celebrate God coming in Jesus to bring salvation for all of the world. Each of them includes music as a theme and/or message. Where do we see themes of salvation, redemption, […]

January 6, 2019: “Loving Oursel...

We are created in the image of God and are of sacred worth. When Jesus talks of loving God and loving our neighbor aw we love ourselves, he calls us to claim the truth of God’s love for us personally. How do we allow it to shape our self-image and our interaction with others. This […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor...

December 17, 2018: “Christmas I...

Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call their favorite time of year. The lyrics from the opening song of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ring hollow for many of us, but we resonate with Charlie Brown’s honesty. We don’t feel happiness or cheer because of different life circumstances. Jesus knows […]

December 16, 2018: “Snoopy: Enj...

Snoopy finds happiness through decorating, dining, and dancing, none of which really lead to true joy or contentment, though they can be enjoyable. How do we both enjoy this season and focus on the deeper things that truly feed our spirits and bring joy? Pastor Mary’s message is based on Isaiah 12: 2-6 and Philippians […]

December 9, 2018: “Lucy: Let Go...

Lucy’s desire for control ( think of her psychiatric help booth!) drives her to tell Charlie Brown to gain control of his life by directing the Christmas play. We want holiday celebrations to go well, but we can get too invested in a “picture perfect” Christmas. True happiness doesn’t come when we control everything, but […]

December 2, 2018: “Charlie Brow...

The true meaning of Christmas can get lost in a mostly self-imposed frenzy of activity and clutter. Like Charlie Brown, we struggle to find meaning in Christmas (or in life)( and often look for it in all the wrong places. For the month of December, we will see what we can learn from Charlie Brown […]

December 30, 2018: “Linus: Not ...

Linus was the messenger of the Gospel to the Peanuts gang, but his rough ride down the sledding hill in the opening scene of “It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown” and his attempts to keep the real meaning of Christmas in front of his friends was challenging. Jesus’ birth and early life were not a […]

December 24, 2018: “A Charlie B...

When it’s time for Charlie Brown to pick out a tree, he chooses a scraggly little tree that droops when a single ornament is added, something his friends aren’t expecting. Once the gang surrounds Charlie Brown and the tree in love, it is transformed. God works in unexpected ways also, sending a Savior in Jesus, […]

December 23, 2018: “Sally: Seek...

Sally focus is on getting, and she believes that more presents (or money) mean happiness. Where will we find real peace? Mary’s encounter with the angel, her obedience, and her song remind us that God works in ways we don’t expect. God didn’t come to be with us in power, but in powerlessness. When we […]