• Lessons from a swan by April A. Holthaus

    Driving 400 miles left Kate exhausted. Up ahead, a green glow in the mist promised - rooms $70 a night. She checked in, hurried to her room and sank into welcoming king-size softness. Sleep came slowly as her thoughts focused on Matt. Moving so far from their home was a scary step, but she was sure Matt would encourage her to move on with her life. A loaded buffet area greeted her with the aroma of a much-needed cup of coffee. The parking lot view from the breakfast area held no particular inter…

  • Lessons learned from COVID-19 by Jan Davis

    COVID-19 changed our world. Necessary adjustments altered lifestyles for the better good of mankind. People made themselves comfortable and sheltered inside homes until the dreaded virus ran its course. Businesses, schools, churches and restaurants shut their doors. The dining room table served double duty as classroom and office. Drive-through and fast foods enjoyed an influx of business while sit-down establishments adapted to provide curbside pickup and deliveries. Parks, theaters and museums…

  • Does skin color define you? By Jan Davis

    Braxton, our oldest grandson, called me for one of our usual long conversations, but this phone call was different. He was worried about the racial unrest in our world today. You see, Braxton is mixed. Over the years, he faced discrimination because of the color of his skin. People judged him and drew their own opinions without giving him a chance. Racial slurs and hurtful stares were a common occurrence. When he became a teenager, girls told him to keep their friendship a secret. Their parents …

  • Let justice roll down like a river - by Richard Gammill

    Last Sunday, our pastor brought a powerful message from Amos 5:24: “But let justice roll down like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” Toward the end of his message, he asked, “Would you like to know how many times in more than 40 years I have preached on the subject of justice? The answer, I am ashamed to admit, is this is the first time.” I suspect he is not the only preacher who has just joined the cry for justice. The pity is, it has taken days of massive demonstrations, vio…

  • What's Happening - July 2021 by Cathy McIver

    WHAT’S HAPPENING – LET FREEDOM RING!!! As we celebrate our country’s Independence Day this month, we can be thankful that we are mostly experiencing a return to normal. More and more states are relaxing their COVID restrictions and navigating their way to fully open businesses and schools, enjoying family and social gatherings after over a year of quarantine, social distancing and fear. I thank God that He has helped us learn so much about the virus that crippled us, and that He has inspired su…