HELP WANTED: Director of Student Ministries

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Please express interest by emailing a cover letter and resume to or to our mailing address. STATUS: Part-time, hourly HOURS: Approximately 15 hours per week BENEFITS: No paid vacation, sick leave, etc., but boundless connections with people and with God. General Purpose of Position: To build young disciples of Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model for...

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The ride of a lifetime with God: VBS 2018, week one

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Today is the first of a five-week sermon series based on each night of VBS’s scripture lesson. Our VBS this year was Rolling River Rampage, with our friend Romper the River Otter. During VBS we learned that we experience the ride of a lifetime with God! The first night our lesson was about Jesus calling the disciples to follow him in Matthew 4:18-25. This account is also partially told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Matthew, Mark and Luke are commonly referred to as the “synoptic gospels” meaning seen together. That ties in perfectly...

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Dog days of summer started with a guiding star

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As I write this edition of Notes from the Sheep Pen, I am reminded of a saying that I often heard as a youngster and still hear some today: “the dog days of summer.” But where did that term come from, and what does it mean? The dog days of summer aren’t just when your dog starts panting on a sweltering summer day. These days once coincided with the year’s heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Ancient folks thought that the “combined heat” of Sirius and the Sun caused midsummer’s swelter. The rising of Sirius does not actually...

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