What's Up? Wednesday

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WHAT'S UP?

Every Wednesday we send out an email called What's 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.  

the creepy guy in the chapel

by: Brent Wood

09/28/2022

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     the creepy guy in the chapel

The Keep of Arundel Castle was built in 1067 and still stands today in the town of the same name, an hour or so outside of London.  Through the years the Keep was was added onto, and the much larger castle it became now belongs of the Duke of Norfolk – who has been busy lately, as he is the person in charge of royal funerals and coronations.  Though the castle is still a private residence, the Keep, the much of the castle, and the grounds a

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lifelong learners

by: Brent Wood

08/25/2022

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I was never a big fan of school.  I think it goes all the way back to the beginning.  When I was just five years old my mother put me on a bus and sent me off to D.W. Richardson School to learn from the affable Mrs. Cederholm, a very kind and loving teacher.  It was a happy time - that lasted less than a week as I was transferred to East Oakview School and placed under the tutelage of Mrs. Rank (who was not so affectionately called "The Army Tank" by the children in her cl

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the mountains are calling

by: Brent Wood

08/11/2022

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the mountains are calling

...but you don't have to go - unless of course, you are John Muir, in which case you have to go) For me, the mountains always seem to be calling and only occasionally do I get to go. But not nearly enough. Most days I just have to content myself with the little hills we have around here. (But at least we have hills - we hardly even had any of those in Indiana. Just lots of good ole flat farmland. And some trees.) I remember the first time I

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my life as a candy salesman

by: Brent Wood

08/04/2022

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When I reached the fifth grade my parents decided to send me to a Christian school.  All in all it was a great experience. My 5th and 6th grade teachers were actually two of the better teachers I ever had.  But there was this one thing I didn't like.  We had to do fund-raisers and sell candy for the school.  Like the door-to-door or stand-in-the-lobby-at-Kroger candy selling deal.

In the fall they gathered us students together and presented the big sale and all the prizes y

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The Three Commandments

by: Brent Wood

07/21/2022

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 The Three Commandments

When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai he was carrying two rather large stone tablets etched with the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, those tablets didn't survive the night. The commands, however, did and continue to survive. And yes, they are still for today since the primary reason they were given was to reveal the nature of God, and also to tell God's people how to represent Him to the world. (They were never meant to be a pathway to heaven - che

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Conversation Starters

by: Brent Wood

07/21/2022

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Conversation Starters

Ever feel like you've talked about it all and that there is really nothing much else to discuss? Here are some questions to get the conversation going...  Or you can just answer them yourself for your own fun!

What are your three favorite memories of childhood?What are the three best books you've ever read and why?What are three words that best describe you?Where are three places that you would like to go?Who are the three people who have influenced yo...
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Teddy the wonderdog

by: Brent Wood

07/13/2022

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Teddy the wonderdog

About the same time that we brought home Rosie, my niece and her husband decided to get a dog as well.  But they went a different route from us.  We just did the rescue thing and claimed our puppy having no idea what she would be.  It turns out Rosie is a Belgian Malinois mix - uh, you might want to talk to me before going this route.  They, however, chose to use a breeder and got some little guy with reddish hair who doesn't shed.  (I think he looks lik

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sometimes i wonder....

by: Brent Wood

07/13/2022

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     sometimes I wonder... Just yesterday I read about a guy named Christian Cavaletti. Seems that he recently set a record for collecting Pepsi cans. He now has 12,402 Pepsi cans. But here's what I'm wondering? Why Pepsi? And why did he decided to collect pop cans? And how does he know exactly how many he has? And where does he keep them? And how long has he been single? (because what wife wants 12,000 pop cans in the basement!) And who exactly did he beat out t

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the wonderhunt

by: Brent Wood

07/13/2022

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Instead of wandering aimlessly down the street (or through your life), why not choose to wonder intentionally?  We live in an incredible world filled with wonder - think outer space or music or ice cream or fireflies - that either goes unnoticed or unappreciated by most of us.    So please go on a "wonder hunt"  (think scavenger hunt, only way better!)  We are offering some prompts of things to look for today (or this week or whenever you choose to accept this challenge) t

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smelling the color nine

by: Brent Wood

07/13/2022

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I stole the title of this article from a song that Chris Rice wrote many years ago, but that I have not forgotten. (About the same time he released a song called The Cartoon Song that was more popular.) The basic gist of this song is that sometimes trying to find God in your story can be as difficult as trying "to smell the color nine." I think it means he was struggling. Like many of us do. As I was reflecting back on Sunday's message and thinking about how we seldom

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a parade of one

by: Brent Wood

07/07/2022

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Have you ever noticed how much life is like a parade?

A bunch of marchers all headed in the same direction, just mindlessly following the group in front of them.  A tribe of celebrators creating lots of noise and exerting lots of energy but really not accomplishing much of anything.  A group of actors smiling and waving to the crowd - and doing their best to leverage their temporary celebrity.  A trickle of participants walking back to their cars disappointed that the fun d...
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30 years in

by: Brent Wood

06/22/2022

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As of last Sunday, Kelly and I have been married for thirty years now.  That's a lot of life done together and it has been a great ride!  We've raised three kids (and somehow got them all through college).  We've lived in five different houses.  We've served in two churches - here and South Bend.  At the same time we've gone on hundreds of dates and had thousands of conversations.  We've laughed together and cried together and prayed together and hosted five different sess

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bad bananas

by: Brent Wood

06/22/2022

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I like bananas.  But just at the right moment.  Too green and they are hard to peel (and make your teeth feel sticky!).   Too brown our even spotty and they taste soggy and all the "threads" stick.  And then there comes a point where they basically are inedible.  But don't throw them out!  Because rotten bananas are perfect for making banana bread.

Last Sunday we talked a lot about testing, a little about trials, and not at all about temptations - yet they are all somewhat

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fifteen cubits upward

by: Brent Wood

06/17/2022

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     fifteen cubits upward  

 

Every summer the Village of Clarkston sponsors a concert series in Depot Park.  On the last three Friday nights of June and the first three Friday nights of July, various bands and musical groups are brought in to perform.  And every summer my wife and I promise each other that we are going to go to these concerts.  After all they are free, and they are outside.  So it's all good. Last Friday evening was the first of this summer's concerts. We

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bonfires and burning bushes

by: Brent Wood

06/09/2022

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Last summer, I was in Guyana on Father's Day.  When I arrived back home, my wife and son told me they had a gift for me in the backyard.  I was pretty excited to be getting a new riding mower - but alas, it wasn't a mower.  They had built a fire pit.  A very fine fire pit.  I've gotten some good use out of it, too, especially when the kids are around.   There is something magical about the backyard fire. Sitting around the circle as a family, building smores*, burning ma

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