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Deck the Halls!

Deck the Halls!

Deck the halls! It’s time for Christmas decorations! A wonderful team of folks led by Emily Baker worked hard last Sunday to get your church in the holiday spirit. At home, we all have some sort of decoration ritual. For Colleen and me, it’s about making some mulled... Read More
Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

Dear Friends, This is a time to be thankful, to count our blessings. Please let me share with you what a blessing it is for me to serve at Royal Oak First. I am so grateful to be part of such a vibrant congregation. Thanksgiving is filled with so many things: turkey... Read More
Let the Light Shine Through

Let the Light Shine Through

Dear Friends, A little girl wondered what a saint might be. One day her mother took her to a great cathedral to see the gorgeous stained-glass windows with scenes from the Bible. When she saw the beauty of it all she cried out loud, “Now I know what saints are. They... Read More
Christmas Collections

Christmas Collections

Dear Friends, Could you help us make Christmas happen for some families? Christmas is only 49 days away! I know, right? How did that happen so fast? Part of what makes Christmas so special is the joy of giving, especially giving gifts to the children in our lives.... Read More
Make a Difference

Make a Difference

Dear Friends, Most of us will do two really important things this week: Cast a ballot in the election Fill out a pledge card for the church Each of these acts reflects our values. Each of these acts tells the world what we think is important. Each of these acts... Read More
The Winning Ticket

The Winning Ticket

Dear Friends, 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and 5 Those six winning numbers would have won $1.6 Billion in the Mega Millions Lottery. I am going to let you in on a little secret. My wife Bridget gets very excited every time the lottery hits these record highs. She loves to dream... Read More
It’s Real

It’s Real

Dear Friends, In our first year together, I did a lot of listening. I was listening to the ways you described what made this place and the movement here so special. What I heard you say over and over was that you experienced God’s love at Royal Oak First. What was... Read More
Bible Sunday

Bible Sunday

Dear Friends, As I write this letter, the temperature outside is rapidly dropping. Yesterday it was in the 80s (in October), and by tomorrow night the forecast says we will be in the 30s. At the same time, Hurricane Michael is cutting a path of devastation from the... Read More
Do It Anyway

Do It Anyway

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you... Read More
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

“Home is a place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” Robert Frost Dear Friends, Welcome home! For over 180 years, Royal Oak First has been the spiritual home to thousands of different people—people of different ages, races, and backgrounds. It has... Read More

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