November 10, 2019

The leaves are going to fall.... and we are going to have to pick'em up.

Temperatures are going to drop.... and we are going to have to bundle up.

Our favorite teams are going fail us.... and we are going to have to suck it up.

Christmas advertising is going to start.......

October 27, 2019

I love autumn, particularly late October! The beauty of God's creation is on full display with the amazing repertoire of colors cascading through what seems to be an infinite number of leaves on (and off) northwest Indiana trees. Yes, the different shades of red, orang...

October 21, 2019

t's the Halloween season. I really enjoy this time of year. I have many pleasant memories of Halloween activities that have occurred in my life time.   In fact, I still think back to a lock-in at my church, on a Friday night Halloween, watching Steven King movies on th...

October 13, 2019

This time of year, you don't have to go far to stumble over reminders that it's harvest time in our corner of the Midwest. It never ceases to amaze me how big a deal that "harvest" seems to have become to people who have never ventured anywhere near an actual working f...

October 5, 2019

October is about the best month of the year at least in terms of nature's beauty.  The mix of red, yellow, orange, green in the leaves on the trees can just stop me in my tracks!   Plump Pumpkins everywhere!   In the fields and gardens, in front of the grocery stores,...

September 28, 2019

It happens every year around this time. 

I fill my hummingbird feeders, hoping the little dynamos of the bird world will stay around long enough to empty them again.  I always dread the day when I suddenly realize that most of our birds have either migrated or gone unde...

September 21, 2019

This Sunday is our first Sunday with our new Pastor/Head of Staff, the Reverend Kimber-lee Adams. We are all glad to have her with us and leading our congregation. How she ended up as our newest pastor is the result of an established process, a process used by the PCUS...

September 15, 2019

During the spring semester of my daughter Evey's 5th grade year, students interested in playing an instrument in middle school were invited to meet with the band instructors and try out different instruments. The auditorium filled with students, parents, teachers, and...

September 9, 2019

When I first began attending First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, I remember hearing the words, "This is Christ's church, not ours" which, of course, placed great emphasis that Jesus Christ is Head of the Church.  Throughout the ministry of Jesus, he anointed disci...

September 2, 2019

"Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" 1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV.

Through my years of being a Christian, I had heard this verse multiple times in sermons, at funerals and in Bible Study. I have to admit that while it had meaning to me when hearin...

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