Afraid of the Dark - Advent Devotional Day 3
by Amy Sanders, Executive Assistant to Matt Miofsky on November 28th, 2023
Scripture"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.    On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned." - Isaiah 9:2ReflectionWhen I was younger, I was afraid of the dark. If I happened to wake up in the middle of the night, I would bury myself under my covers, no matter how warm it got under there. I’m not sure I even knew what it was specifically that I was afraid of: Monst...  Read More
Prophets, Politicians, and Porch Fires - Advent Devotional Day 2
by Dave Dietrich, Executive Director of Operations on November 27th, 2023
Scripture"13 Then Isaiah said, 'Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? 14 Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel.'" - Isaiah 7:13-14ReflectionMy name is David and I have a house. Thankfully a prophet has not come to my home ...  Read More
Giving Scripture the Side Eye - Advent Devotional Day 1
by Pastor Charity Goodwin, Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Groups on November 26th, 2023
Scripture"Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures." - Romans 15:4ReflectionWelcome to the Advent Devotion. Whether you’re reading a devotional for the first time or fortieth, I’m glad you’re here. We offer up these devotions with scripture, reflection and prayer because we believe ...  Read More
Simply Christmas - Week 1 Discussion Guide
by Denee Bowers on November 25th, 2023
CoreGroup Guide | Simply Christmas - Week 1Guide written by Denee Bowers and Jenny HuffmanWelcomeIn the first week of this series we are thinking about being present. It can be easy to get caught up in gift giving, travel details, and party planning, but God is calling us to something much less complicated. This Christmas could look completely different if we are able to focus our minds and hearts...  Read More
4 Ideas to Make Gratitude a Daily Practice // M-Note 11.23.23
by Matt Miofsky on November 22nd, 2023
Gratitude is like penicillin for the soul. Gratitude is linked to everything from better sleep to lower blood pressure, stronger relationships to better self-esteem. Creating a habit of giving thanks literally and spiritually improves your life. I think that is why God so often reminds us to be thankful. It is hard sometimes to focus on what we have instead of what we don't, what is here instead o...  Read More
One: Finding Unity in a Divided World - Week 3 Discussion Guide
by Sarah Turner on November 18th, 2023
CoreGroup Guide | ONE: Finding Unity in a Divided World - Week 3Guide written by Dan HuttiWelcomeThis sermon series has focused on the concept of unity, which Pastor Matt defined as “maintaining a posture of love across difference.” This week we are discussing how to deal with division. What do we do in the face of division? Are our divisions more important than our relationships? In some cases, t...  Read More