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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.  

Pastor Brent's Predictions and Prayers

by: Mark Manzer

01/12/2022

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Predictions and Prayers  

Maybe it's a thing of the past - but I remember various columnists and news agencies making predictions for the next year every time a new January rolled around.  Some were meant to be fun; others were more serious.  But I always found them enjoyable to read.  Yet, I just did a google search for 2022 and found next to nothing.  Sadly.  I guess people aren't into predictions any more? Maybe it's because people are simply afraid that the next year i

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Watch Night

by: Mark Manzer

12/15/2021

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Watch Night We are still waiting word from New Springfield Church about whether they will be doing their usual New Year's Eve watchnight service this year. If they are, we want to encourage you to attend. But even if they choose not to, it is worth knowing a little bit of history. Churches often celebrate Watch Night Services on New Year's Eve. The tradition supposedly goes back to the time of Charles Wesley. But in the black church, it has a different significance.

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A Christmas Story by Brent Wood

by: Mark Manzer

12/15/2021

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A Christmas Story by Brent Wood

My dad was a pastor in the day and age where you could buy sermon illustrations in big books to be used in messages.  And when he found one he really liked, he had no qualms about repeating it.  He had a favorite that he liked to share at Christmas. 

It went something like this.

Imagine being a kid and being told that there was going to be a birthday party for you.  A dozen of your friends in the neighborhood are invited, and then the big day a

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Waking Up Wednesday

by: Kim Rushing

11/10/2021

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Better than coffee with none of the caffeine.

November 10, 2021Good Morning! We’re sending this out a little later than usual – but maybe we can blame it on the struggle of adjusting to the time change last Sunday?  Ok, maybe not.But speaking of last Sunday(Notice how we did that – just subtly changed the subject?) Last Sunday we kicked off our Missions Christmas offering with a great event - lunch with food from around the world! A big thanks goes out to our Global Missi...
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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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