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So far Shelby Olive has created 374 blog entries.
27 07, 2018

Whatever is Pure, by Debbie Weymouth

2018-07-27T09:10:30-05:00July 27th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Whatever is Pure, by Debbie Weymouth

How delightful that I was asked to share this week, as I am celebrating twenty entirely amazing years as Director of St. Luke’s Day School! My days are filled with loveable, inspiring young children and the adults who adore them. On any given day I am able to witness purely authentic moments of children’s wonder, imagination, and creative thinking as we play and learn together! Over the years, my favorite title has become Chapel Helper. Every week during the school year, I have a role in leading energetic worship services for two to five year old children! We [...]

27 07, 2018

100% pure…

2018-07-27T09:02:43-05:00July 27th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on 100% pure…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of transformation, I must have a corrupted file somewhere in the operating system of my mind. The thoughts I think. The passions that pop up when I don't expect it. The angers and resentments that won't go away. The fears that eat at me. I can't seem to shake them. I continue to think about how your son taught us: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8) I am a long way from pure in heart, I am afraid, so does that mean that I won't see you? [...]

20 07, 2018

Building Community, by Steve McCurdy

2018-07-20T09:37:03-05:00July 20th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Building Community, by Steve McCurdy

When I met Sid Davis, I had that sense that happens occasionally that you are re-meeting a long-lost family member. We resonated immediately and deeply. We started a collaboration that is now almost 30 years old. Together we have written, produced and performed almost 60 shows with about 30 of them original works. We have done this in an effort to give gifted individuals a stage upon which to apply their gifts… but more importantly… to build and forward – community. Jesus was a very social guy. Water-into-wine is a great opener for starting to engage with the [...]

20 07, 2018

Let justice roll down like waters…

2018-07-20T09:31:06-05:00July 20th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Let justice roll down like waters…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of justice... I don't understand why I was born who I am, with the resources I have been offered and the love that has been poured into me, while my Zoe Ministries friend, the Guatemalan boy of twelve, has grown up in a family where his mother is dead and his father is disabled, so he has to be the primary breadwinner. Or why my children were given a stable home with loving parents, while the average foster child changes families seven times. I can go on and on. It doesn't seem right. It [...]

17 07, 2018

<7% by Tomaz Diaz

2018-07-17T08:58:45-05:00July 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on <7% by Tomaz Diaz

This summer, I had the chance to attend the camp Youth Becoming Leaders in Kentucky for two weeks to leap further into my faith. YBL has been a time for me to grow in my leadership abilities and in my knowledge of Wesleyan Theology. I would say that one thing God has done for me in those two weeks was making me more ambitious to serve further in his ministry by getting me to start my own ministry project with the resources, connections, and skills I was given at the camp. Thanks to the guidance of God, camp [...]

17 07, 2018

Small Things

2018-07-17T08:55:05-05:00July 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Small Things

The goal to raise $5,000 for this year’s Vacation Bible School service project seemed lofty, especially with the impact Hurricane Harvey had on the city. But small things make a big difference in the kingdom of God. In total, the campers raised $8,093.11, which bought 404 special beds with netting for children in Africa that will help ward off mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Raising this money was not all about children emptying out the excess change they have in their piggy banks at home, though. Through supporting a meaningful cause at the largest children’s event of [...]

29 06, 2018

Equal at the Table of God, by Michelle Shonbeck

2018-06-29T09:14:45-05:00June 29th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Equal at the Table of God, by Michelle Shonbeck

There’s a memory from my childhood that’s meaningful to me. It’s a little blurred around the edges, as childhood memories can be. I was eight or nine years old, and it was near Christmas. My dad was going to run some errands and asked if I wanted to join him. I jumped at the chance to spend time alone with him. I don’t recall any of the errands we ran that day except for one, the stop at Dad’s bank. We walked in, and he introduced me to all the tellers and the bank president. He was an [...]

29 06, 2018

How to pray for your country

2018-06-29T09:07:02-05:00June 29th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on How to pray for your country

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, As I have grown older, you know that I have grown more patriotic. I find tears welling up as the anthem is sung at the beginning of ball games. I am more moved than ever at the sacrifice some men and women make in their service of our country. And so this week, as Independence Day approaches, I pray for our country, pouring out my heart of pride and [...]

22 06, 2018

Do right and risk the consequences, by Justice Martha Hill Jamison

2018-06-22T09:01:42-05:00June 22nd, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Do right and risk the consequences, by Justice Martha Hill Jamison

Before I joined St. Luke’s and met my wonderful husband Bruce (now married 30 years!), I faced the “conscious uncoupling” of my first marriage, to a lawyer,“H”, in another town. At the time, I was “stay at home” and my precious children were 3 and 5. My fairy-tale life was planned far into the future, but it was not to be. No substantial negotiations took place before the divorce trial, but I was stunned to hear for the first time—during opening arguments—that H was contesting the custody of our children. My immediate instinct was to give up everything [...]

22 06, 2018

Doing what is right

2018-06-22T08:21:51-05:00June 22nd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Doing what is right

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of all people, The world is full of complicated problems. How can I know what is right? I seek to be guided by the life and character of your son Jesus, and his teachings. But applying them to our world today is not easy, and I need the Holy Spirit, whom you sent us in Jesus' name to "teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said." [...]