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Delores Grier

Delores Grier

She is not going to like this. My grandma has always been the type to work quietly in the background, never wanting a show, never wanting to be in the spotlight. Well, she is in the spotlight now. When I was attending Jane Addams Middle School, my cousin and I went to...
Brianna

Brianna

Church has not always been a safe place for me. The churches I grew up in made it very clear that people like me were not welcome. The exclusions were plenty; the empathy was scarce. I had sworn off church because of the bitterness that had grown. That all slowly...
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

  “Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I got a name” Jim Croce, I Got a Name “Whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace. And at some point in our lives, we have to make peace with that place.” Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Orchard “Hello, Wisconsin!”...
Jennifer

Jennifer

Sometimes adults get it- sometimes they don’t. Jennifer always got it. She always let us tease her for the way she said “Ha-le-LU-jah.” She always set us up with the chords to start singing “Siyahamba” knowing fully well that we would respond by making fun of how she...
Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers

Dear Friends, What a glorious week here at Royal Oak First! The weather is beautiful; the birds are chirping and the construction crews are humming. Life is good. We are on an adventure here at our church, an adventure of new surroundings, new people visiting, new...
Pro

Pro

A great teacher can change your life. Besides all my music classes, one of my favorite classes in High School was Ecology with Mr. Chamberlain. Interlochen Arts Academy is tucked on a strip of land between two quiet lakes and surrounded by a state park and pine...
Baggage Claim

Baggage Claim

Dear Friends, In our modern world we often say that we need support systems but, in our church and families, we have built-in support systems. In our scripture today, the paralyzed man has a group of friends that are his built-in support system. I’ve come to believe...
Singing an Old Song in a New Way

Singing an Old Song in a New Way

Dear Friends, After 12 years of ministry, and 8 years as a candidate, it’s going to be official! Woohoo! Next weekend, at the Annual Conference of the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church (say that 10 times fast), I’m getting ordained! But what does that mean?...
What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

Dear Friends, So what is this Pentecost thing? The term Pentecost comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth” (50th). It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the “Feast of Weeks.” For the early church,...
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Dear Friends, Of all the Sunday’s of the year, Mother’s Day might be the hardest to preach. It is hard because Mother’s Day brings up a lot of different emotions. For me, it is a day that I just miss my mom who has been gone for 20 years. For others, Mother’s Day can...
The Power of an Uncommon Prayer

The Power of an Uncommon Prayer

Dear Friends, On my bookshelf there is a small little book called Uncommon Prayer. That book has been in shelf for nearly 30 years. When we move that little book moves with us. It will probably be with me until the day I die. If you open the inside cover of the book,...
Freeze Tag

Freeze Tag

Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but everything in life just gets easier when the sun is shining. When we look around and see the first flowers of spring, this idea of new life and new beginnings starts to sink in. Spring is the promise of summer days ahead, and...

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