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Gatherings – Sanctuary


People like gatherings because gatherings make them feel like they’ve been a part of a shared experience, part of something bigger than themselves.  But it’s best when we’re there in person.  We’re kind of wired to seek out shared experiences in life.  Whether it’s for fun, as the annual Groundhog’s Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, […]

Running After God – Sanctuary


Lots of people lately are looking for lost relatives.  In today’s Bible verse, Mary and Joseph were looking for their lost son, Jesus, who was 12-years-old, as they were returning home from Jerusalem.  After three days, they finally found him in the temple, talking with the religious teachers.  While his parents were running after him, looking […]

Waiting to See – Sanctuary


What do YOU plan to do with your life?  You probably don’t plan to spend it waiting indefinitely.  But that’s what Simeon and Anna did with most of their adult lives.  Anna and Simeon were two people whom Mary and Joseph met in the temple when Jesus was just a tiny baby.  Simeon had actually […]

Where You Go, I’ll Go – Malawi Mission Sunday


This is a special Sunday that included many stories from the members of the fall 2018 trip to Malawi.  The goal of the trip was three-fold: to discern the future of the FPCP/Mtenthera CCAP partnership; to visit the new girl’s hostel and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony; and to visit 3 of our 5 mission partners […]

Epiphany: The Fourth Wiseman – Sanctuary


Epiphany Sunday is also known as ‘Star Sunday.’ It is special with its connection to the story of the Wisemen, or Magi, who followed the star and  approached King Herod searching for the Christ Child, then who took gold, frankincense and myrrh to the stable to present to Mary and Joseph to honor the baby.  Today, each person […]

The Gifts of Christmas: The Gift of Adoption – Sanctuary


As we approach Christmas Eve, we take the time to consider how we, like Jesus, were adopted by a very special father.  Joseph, Jesus’ adoptive father, learned from an angel about the unique circumstances surrounding the special child who was being given to him to care for and raise.  And we, because of that special child’s life and death, […]