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SHEPHERDS' LETTERS

Becca Stavert

His Breath Still Fills Your Lungs

What I thought I’d be thinking, doing and preparing for on April 2, 2020 is not my reality now. I think this is a sentence that everyone can say and have it ring true. As someone who appreciates routine and knowing what to expect, this season has hit me hard. Every date that passes on…

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Katie Potesta

We Say “Hi” Now

Hi church family, I miss you so much! Back in December when all shepherds were asked to sign up for a date to write an eNews letter in 2020, I chose March 26 because it is my birthday. No thought to what would be going on in my life or anything, I just liked the…

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Kelsey Crowe

Closer Walk Wednesdays

Every Wednesday from 10-11:30am, a group of about 175 people gathers in NC190 for Closer Walk. I have the joy of helping lead this group. On occasion, as I enter the room, it is made very clear that the second I walk in, the average age goes way down! Though it is mostly who we…

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Curtis Kauffman

The Peace Of God’s Work

Philippians 2:13 . . . for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. I share this verse often in life, whether from the front of a room speaking to a group or at a small table in a coffee shop. This verse has for some…

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Katie Smylie

Alive and Relevant

Now concerning the coming of the Lord . . . I know where I was and can even picture my seat in the room the first time I heard those words from 2 Thessalonians. It was on the heels of a big move from the east coast to the west coast, and a time of…

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Jonathan Balzora

Pleasing Culture or Pleasing Christ!

Most of us have learned not to answer phone calls from that guy named UNKNOWN CALLER, or from his buddy with the 22-digit phone number. Those guys represent only a very small number, three billion calls per month from phone scam artists. But, what about fake urgent emails requesting something unusual? Let’s not forget the…

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Jenn Hale

Invited Into Meaning

True confession: The other day I was working on some insurance and benefits items on my to-do list at work and it started feeling tedious and monotonous. I felt myself longing instead to do some “meaningful ministry.” Whatever it is that you do for a living, I’m sure you can relate. Maybe you have pieces…

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Joel Elwood

Men’s Retreat 2020

Last year I had the privilege of teaming up with a group of men who planned the first Fullerton Free men’s retreat in a decade. After months of planning, 100 of us boarded a private charter boat heading across the ocean to a picturesque retreat center on Catalina Island. You can only get to this…

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Josh Fasold

A Heart for the Stars

I’m very intrigued by and drawn to celebrities. They are people who have gained popularity through charisma, talent or some other factor. People want to know what is going on in their lives. I want to know what’s going on in the lives of my favorite celebrities! What is Steve Carell up to these days?…

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Stephanie Tanquary

Surprise Party From God

I love a good surprise party. There is no better feeling in the world than showing up at a party you didn’t know about or plan. Is it just me who feels that way? You just get to enjoy it and receive it. Maybe you haven’t had a surprise party before. If not, I say…

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