The following quote from Learning to Wait: An Advent Meditation (Richard Beck) sums up many of my thoughts and confusion regarding Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: “…Last year during Advent I noticed a lot of blog posts, Facebook updates and Twitter tweets lamenting people singing Christmas carols during Advent.
Forty-two-year-old Maria Landa, mother of five, has been looking for her calling, and is beginning to find it through her religious faith and her work with the community of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
I was shopping for Christmas cards the other day and saw a lot of “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” cards. The inside of one card said something like, “May the spirit of Christmas be yours throughout the New Year.”
The season of Advent is upon us, that series of four Sundays prior to Christmas when we prepare for the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day. In our tradition, the first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the new Church year and each of the Sundays in Advent represent certain truths and/or traditions that we celebrate about the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25 of each year.
1 Peter 1:3 (ESV), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Sometimes we are just plain scared to immerse ourselves in new and different thing for any number of reasons. It doesn’t really matter what it is because we can find justification to avoid trying something new. An illustration of this happened to me recently. My job in a library means that I need to come up with some creative projects to make the library a fun and welcoming place for elementary school students. The problem is that I have no inner artsy self. Nothing.
As I began to focus on Thanksgiving and how to convey that feeling in a fresh way to my congregation, I realized that I am thankful today for things that I never dreamed of.
As a pastor, it is common to hear from Christians the reasons why it is not necessary for them to attend church regularly. I believe many if not most Christians have the wrong concept of the purpose and significance of gathering together.
That magical time of year is upon us, and the Craig community plans to make this Halloween a special one for the child in all of us. Whether your costume is homemade or store-bought, whether you feel like a nut or don’t — Mounds and Almond Joy are sure to be well-stocked as well as every other kind of candy, don’t worry! — or if you want a party that’s packed with kids or caters strictly to ages 21 and older, you can find something among the Craig Daily Press’s Halloween Happenings. This weekend has a haunted house, festivals and parties galore, and of course the seasonal traditional of giveaways of all kinds of delectable delights, with the people of Northwest Colorado pitching in to make it both safe and fun for even the smallest witch, vampire or clown. Plan it just right, and you may be able to hit every event on this list!
The holidays! If you are like me, you live 10 months of the year just waiting for November and December to arrive. Excitement is in the air and love for our neighbors is truly filling our hearts, but so is concern. We are just entering our busiest season here at Love INC and in most of the churches and non-profits agencies, too.
Whether it’s your first time setting out your own jack-o’-lantern or you’ve got years of experience wearing a mask and collecting goodies along a downtown parade of costumes free of traffic, you’re sure to find something delightful as we get closer to Halloween.
Prayer is talking to God. At least that is the simple definition Christians have become accustomed to. Prayer is very simple and yet complex.
Holiday performance will include community choir, smaller acts
The holiday season starts earlier and earlier, but in this case, there’s a good reason. The Community Interfaith Christmas Concert is scheduled for Dec. 13, and organizers are seeking sizable involvement from all denominations to prepare a show unlike any other.
I saw a church sign that said, "What do I believe." Made me think about how I came to recognize what I believe. I always went to church and accepted what my parents, pastors and teachers told me to believe.
With help from the community, A Craig couple is bringing much needed medical care to some of the poorest ports in Africa aboard the world’s largest charity hospital ship.