Waking Up!

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WAKING UP!

Every Wednesday we send out an email called Waking Up! that comes with a variety of information about things going on at the church, and we include a weekly blog post.  You can catch those posts below - or you can subscribe to the email here.  

Celebrate!

by: Kim Rushing

07/21/2021

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Welcome to edition #100 of Waking Up!  So how about if we celebrate a little?  Maybe you could shout a little "Woo Hoo!" or do a little dance or blow up some balloons or drink an extra cup of coffee - however you like to celebrate … just go for it!

Full disclosure - I actually have no idea how many editions of Waking Up! have been sent.  But I'm thinking we have done at least 100, right?  I suppose if you are one of those people who never cleans out your inbox you could go

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Pool School

by: Brent Wood

06/09/2021

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When we arrived in the Waterford community, one of our first priorities was to find a place to live. But at that time there was a recession going on, and the Detroit area seemed like it had been especially hard hit. The result was that lots of people were upside down in their mortgages meaning that there were very few houses on the market in our price range.But then we saw a house in Clarkston and set up a visit with the realtor. Kelly liked it. She was excited about t...
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The Train to Leeds

by: Brent Wood

06/03/2021

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I came across this story recently and thought it was sharing.While just a student, British writer Bernard Hare was living a small apartment north of London when a knock came on the door. It was the police - so Bernard didn't answer knowing he was several months behind on his rent and that the officer likely came to evict him. But then he got to wondering - his mom hadn't been doing well, what if this were something about her?His phone service had been cut off, so he went

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Fight Songs

by: Brent Wood

02/26/2021

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"Go right through for MSU, watch the score keep growing...""Hail to the victors, vailent; hail to the conquering heroes...""Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame, wake up the echoes cheering her name..."Ever wonder when all these fight songs got started? They have to go way, way back, right?. But just how far?There's at least one fight song that goes all the way back to the Psalms.I seem to do a lot of reading in the Psalms. I find them refreshing - from the themes to the poe...
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Here Comes the Sun!

by: Brent Wood

02/26/2021

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Yesterday afternoon was pretty nice.  Forty-five degree temps and lots of sunshine.  If you are like me, it probably boosted your mood a bit.  Feels good, doesn't it.  But there is more that we can be feeling good about right now - from significant to simple.  But here are 12 reasons to be encouraged even after all that we have been through in the past 12 months.1.  The pandemic has brought about an increase in mental health issues - and that is certainly negative.  But at

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Valentine's Day Boxes

by: Brent Wood

02/16/2021

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Valentine's Day was a big deal at the school my kids attended when they were young.  Every kid would bring in cards for all his classmates, and of course, all the cards had to have candy attached to them, but there had to be some place to put those cards.  So each kid was expected to construct and bring in a decorated box.  And whoever had the most creative, best looking, and all-around-emotionally-satisfying box, would win a prize.It was that last idea that got me every y...
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Oh, Christmas Tree

by: Brent Wood

12/16/2020

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Way back when, we would take the kids to Eby Pines and cut down a Christmas tree for the holiday.  A friend of ours managed the tree farm and comped us a tree several years.As the kids got older we found a new place to go - it offered wagon rides pulled by huge horses that took you out to the trees, free hot chocolate, and a Christmas shop where we let each kid pick out an ornament to buy.When we moved to Waterford, our tree-cutting tradition went by the wayside.  The kids...
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As the clock ticks down on 2020...

by: Brent Wood

12/16/2020

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 This past year has been a hard one in so many ways, but before we file it away in our "bad memories" category, I thought it might be good to pause for a few moments to remember the good of the good of 2020.  So since it was 2020, here are 20 good things to remember - and even be thankful for.1.  That we have homes to live in.  Sure they may be drafty and creaky and may need some updating, at the same time they keep us safe and dry.  In a year where we have had to spend so...
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What about the change?

by: Brent Wood

12/01/2020

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Years ago my neighbor across owned two lots. His house sat on one; he put in a tennis court for his kids on the other. By the time I moved into the subdivision his kids were grown and gone - so the tennis court wasn't used and fell into mild disrepair (but it was not an eyesore). Then one day a cell phone company approached my neighbor about buying his tennis court and installing a cell tower on it. The area where we lived was known for having bad cell coverage, but la...
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How to Love your Neighbor Idea

by: Mark Manzer

11/18/2020

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Here are some great ideas from Pastor Brent...

Hopefully you now know all your neighbors and have been praying for them by name every day - that's awesome!  Now we'd like to encourage you to take that next step and to figure out some way to actually do something for them. Here are a couple of ideas: 1. Take them a "lockdown survival kit/gift." Maybe it could be a simple game they could play as a family. Maybe a puzzle they could make together. How about a tub of cook

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What's good about 2020

by: Brent Wood

10/15/2020

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This year has been a rough one, no doubt.  The pandemic has created incredible fallout that has affected us all.  But beyond that we have had to / needed to deal with the issue of racism, but it has had all kinds of crazy repercussions.  And to describe our current political scene as turbulent is probably a significant understatement.  Yikes.There have been, however, some good things about this year.  Families have been able to spend a lot more time together.  Mortgage rat...
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There's no name for me (evidently)

by: Brent Wood

10/07/2020

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A person who makes maps is called a cartographer.  A person who collects maps is called ... wait for it ... a map collector.  Seriously.  That's the best we can do?There was a time in my life when I was a social studies / world geography teacher.  I think it was then that I became really interested in maps.  So I decided to collect them.  But I wasn't a very good collector.  My collection never got very large.  I framed a few of my favorites; the rest lived under my bed ro

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Last Wednesday

by: Brent Wood

10/06/2020

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Back at the beginning of 2020 my wife and I bought tickets to visit our daughter out in Los Angeles.  Her husband was graduating from his program, and we wanted to be there to celebrate with him.  Alas, his commencement was cancelled so we stayed home and watched the ceremonies on Zoom.  But we still wanted to see them.  So we rescheduled our tickets for June - and I got sick.  It was this little tiny fever that lasted about 30 hours - but it struck just before we were sup...
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Real Football

by: Brent Wood

09/09/2020

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Fall means football. And some of you are primed and pumped to get this season off the ground. Um,may I remind you that real football is played with your feet, not with your hands. In America, we call it soccer. It's always been my favorite sport to play - and I have had a ton of fun coaching it, too.In the past, the coming of fall meant that I would be coaching my middle school charges (both boys and girls) again. In the spring, I would coach in the rec leagues - usua...
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Prayers for the school year

by: Brent Wood

09/02/2020

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While most schools are back in session, we recognize that huge challenges await our students, our parents and our teachers. Today we wanted to offer a prayer for all of them, and would invite you to join in praying for them, especially this week.A prayer for students:Dear Heavenly Father,We're grateful to know that you love our kids more than we do. That gives us assurance as we face these uncertain times knowing that you are looking out for them and taking care of them.

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