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Ponderings from the Parish Associate

In this crazy time of isolation, we have become ultra-sensitized to what we touch.  We scrub our hands every chance we get.  Some of us have even taken to wearing gloves so as not to physically let our hands come in contact with anything.  Almost any ability to touch another person has become verboten. In […]

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Ponderings from the Parish Associate

Have you ever had a conversation when you reflected on things your parents said? Phrases like “quit crying or I will give you something to cry for” or “you can just stay at the table till you finish all your vegetables.” Perhaps we have even caught ourselves using the same phrases with our children or […]

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Ponderings from the Parish Associate

A friend of ours welcomed her first grandchild in July.  Just before Thanksgiving, her 100 year old mother died.  At Christmas she sent a beautiful card that had a picture of her mother on one side and a picture of her granddaughter on the flip side.  The caption was from  Ecclesiastes 3: for everything there […]

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Ponderings from the PA

What’s next?  We celebrated the birth of two grandchildren this year.  Connor and Lucy are only a month apart and Lucy is the first girl baby we have ever had to care for.  As you look at an infant,   you wonder so many things. What will they be like? Who will they resemble in looks […]

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Pastoral Ponderings from the PA

Do you still send Christmas cards?  Now that postage is 55 cents per letter and we have the internet, many have abandoned that tradition. Or perhaps you don’t take the time to write a personal note and instead send out cards that are preprinted and addressed with a computer-generated label. I will not comment on […]

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Ponderings from the Parish Associate

Maybe you remember as a child in a Sunday school class you were asked: “What are you thankful for?”  Then the teacher would go around the circle, and everyone would utter one word for which they were giving thanks.  Common responses varied from parents, brothers and sisters, to teddy bears and dolls. If we were […]

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Parish Associate’s Ponderings

            IT’S NOT 1980 ANY MORE It seems to part of human nature that we tend to look back at years gone by and feel nostalgic about what used to be.  Remember when you had a paperboy, an egg man, and a milk man?  Now we have Uber Eats and other delivery services.  However, we […]

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Parish Associate’s Ponderings

HOW CAN WE HELP? Upon encountering any tragic situation, these are quite often the first words out of our mouth, “How can we help”.  This response is usually because of our feelings of helplessness and knowledge that at that moment there is most likely nothing we can do that can make the situation any better.  […]

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Ponderings From The PA

“You Have Arrived at Your Destination” If you have a Global Positioning System (GPS for short) and have programmed in a specific address or place, you are familiar with these words.  They proclaim that you are where you wanted to go.  However, this is dependent on what you programmed into the GPS to begin with. […]

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Ponderings From the PA

June is a month that is noted for many events and traditions.  It has the celebration of Flag Day and Father’s Day, it used to be the most popular month for weddings, and it contains the longest day of the year.  From this month until December, each day will contain less daylight. Before LED lights, […]

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