14 12, 2018

Christmas Festival, by Sid Davis

2018-12-14T11:10:43-06:00December 14th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I once heard someone say, “When you listen to the radio, you don’t want to hear one piece of music in this style, then another that’s completely different, and on and on…do you?” Why yes.  As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I want. It’s not that I don’t love big categories of music, it’s just that I believe every piece of music benefits from contrast. Rather like putting an antique next to Eames. Both pieces benefit. It’s that “shopping technique,” if you will, that helps to form this morning - this Christmas Festival. I admit I’m constantly [...]

7 12, 2018

A Dream for Every Child, by Karen and Andrew Limmer

2018-12-07T10:08:38-06:00December 7th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

We were overjoyed to welcome our first son, Henry, in 2014, but we quickly learned the meaning of the old expression, “It takes a village.” Two adults are not enough to care for one baby; one tired mommy is not enough to care for her baby and herself, and three hours of sleep at night is not enough to do much of anything. As Henry and our youngest, William, get older, we are increasingly grateful for the many loving and influential adults in their lives. Our boys are blessed beyond measure. They have four doting grandparents and one [...]

30 11, 2018

Waiting for the Baby To Come, by Suzi Pitts

2018-11-30T09:30:08-06:00November 30th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I’m waiting for a baby to come. I’m waiting for the phone to ring. The anticipation is delightful, and I’m preparing to jump on a Southwest Airlines flight to see this little one as soon as she’s born. My prayers have been with her ever since we learned that she was conceived. I remember where my husband and I were when our son let us know. There was quite the celebration as the champagne they sent to our table was popped.” Everyone! We are going to be grandparents again!! Celebrate with us!” We asked for extra glasses, and [...]

20 11, 2018

Thanksgiving, by Shelby Olive

2018-11-20T13:17:12-06:00November 20th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My very first job right out of college was at the Galveston County Daily News. I worked the night shift as a copy editor and layout designer, and for the most part, it wasn’t too bad. That is, it wasn’t too bad until the holiday season. I no longer had the luxury of stepping away from work and celebrating these days with my family. On Thanksgiving Day, my mom made a plate of turkey and all the sides for me to take to work, and I cried the entire way to the office. This one Thanksgiving away from [...]

9 11, 2018

Setting the Lord’s Table, by Nancy Walker

2018-11-09T12:21:49-06:00November 9th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Several years ago, I learned how unaware I had been about how a church service happens. As I entered the building on Sunday mornings, everything was in place: bulletins, collection plates for the offertory, attendance pads, children’s activity packets, Communion elements, ushers at the door, pews filling with the congregation. All I had to do was sit down and hopefully not fall asleep during the sermon! My perspective changed when I became a member of the Altar Guild. Many mornings of the year, I now arrive at 7:30 a.m. The church is already humming by the time I [...]

26 10, 2018

Glorifying God in Generosity, by Elizabeth and Ross King

2018-11-01T11:25:38-05:00October 26th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My grandfather had a tradition of giving a gold dollar to every young child he saw for almost twenty years. While this could be embarrassing when he would interrupt a dinner out to give coins to complete strangers, it was wonderful to see the joy he had in his heart every time he gave one away, especially to a child at church. Most Sundays, Granddad stood at the back of the church, collected the offering trays and counted the money. He would be overwhelmed when he would come across one of those gold dollars that a child had [...]

19 10, 2018

Praying 101, by Babs Smith

2018-10-25T14:23:49-05:00October 19th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

As a typical Methodist child of the early 1930s, my first prayers likely began “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Children tend to mimic and absorb that which they see repeatedly, and my parents were a praying pair that left a mark on my heart and head… prayers are powerful. Experiencing others praying for me through several very critical illnesses in childhood left no doubt that prayers were answered. I knew I had been blessed by those prayers. I also began to recognize that sometimes God’s answers are not ones we expect or want to hear, much [...]

12 10, 2018

Giving Ourselves Away, by Kristin and Lance Reynolds

2018-10-12T09:31:46-05:00October 12th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Giving ourselves away in generosity and service can be a difficult calling to fulfill.  Like most families, our family faces challenging demands on our time and financial resources. At times it can be a daunting task to meet all of our obligations, and the thought of adding more demands can be overwhelming. When Kristin and I think about generosity, we try to stay grounded with one simple word… gratitude. Growing up we were blessed with parents who lived their lives full of gratitude.  Each Sunday we would watch our parents put a check in the offering plate regardless [...]

5 10, 2018

Do This in Remembrance of Me, by Ann Pierce Arnett

2018-10-05T11:07:56-05:00October 5th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When the disciples gathered with Jesus for the Passover meal, Jesus surprised them by washing their feet as if he were their servant. It didn’t seem right. That wasn’t what their Messiah should be doing. Then, as they were eating and praying, Jesus changed the traditional words and told them that every time they shared the bread and drank the wine, they should remember him. And there was that time Jesus asked the disciples to feed all those people on the hillside who had come to hear him speak. Not only did they have to share their friend [...]

28 09, 2018

My Road to Fellowship, By Luke Hilpert

2018-09-28T13:34:26-05:00September 28th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Excited as I ever was, I opened the door for my friend who was attending a retreat. We were ecstatic to see each other and ready for a weekend of worship and fun. What could be better than a weekend filled with donuts for breakfast, hours of ping pong and worship sessions? Since my house was the venue for the retreat, my family and I had to do a lot of work to prepare. It was worth it. Once the boys arrived at my house, we headed over to the church for worship. We entered the worship space. [...]