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Patti Matterson

The Blessing of Church Family

Hello Church Family, As we approach Thanksgiving my thoughts tend to turn to blessings and what I am thankful for. I remember the Thanksgiving after my mom passed in 2001. After moving all day, we were eating Thanksgiving dinner at Denny’s and I was struggling with mom’s death, missing my mom’s turkey dressing and playing…

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Diane Freeman

Consider Our Actions

Dear Church Family, Recently, I have been reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:14: “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your…

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Stefani Ernst

Fruits of the Spirit

Our Fullerton Free Preschool has made the Fruits of the Spirit a focus this year and our students are learning the nine fruits through songs, lessons and stories. It’s such a wonderful theme that we’ve extended it to our staff, sharing how the specific ‘fruit of the month’ relates to our personal lives. During October…

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Kelsey Crowe

Mentoring Rocks!

Over the last several weeks I have received some very fun emails! No, they were not offering free stuff nor containing funny animal memes (though that would have been very fun to see in my inbox). They were emails from some of our mentors giving reports back about the first contact or meeting with their…

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John Schaefer

What is Baptism?

As believers saved by grace we are afforded a lot of freedom on how we follow Jesus. Still, there are two ordinances that our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to observe – the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) and Baptism. Greg Strand is the EFCA Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. On his blog, you can…

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