Pastor Michael Frye: During the long, hot summer days in my childhood, the things we looked forward to the most were the ice cream socials at church. They would begin just before sunset on the church grounds. Dozens of ice cream churns would appear out of nowhere, each having its own tag taped to the […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Ronald came out of the house and found his five year old daughter pouring some of her mother’s flower seeds from the packet into a five gallon bucket of water. “Celia, why on earth are you pouring your mother’s seeds into the water?” Celia looked up at her dad and smiled: “Silly […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: During our childhood years in Kannapolis, my cousins and I would enjoy Sunday afternoons at our grandmother and grandfather’s house playing games and enjoying being together in their spacious backyard. We had one aunt who enjoyed being out there with us playing games and joking around. On one particular Sunday our aunt […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Many years ago there stood an unassuming lighthouse on the eastern coast of the United States. Attached to the lighthouse was a small building that housed a rescue team of six volunteers. They would stand watch during heavy storms and would launch longboats into the stormy waves to rescue the crew and […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Earlier in the week, I was trimming a large bush in front of the house with the old fashioned trimmer… snip, snip, snip… when out of the corner of my eye I caught the image of a small bird intently watching every move I made from the rooftop of the house next […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: I watched a news story on Friday that was both disturbing and compelling. It was about an American orthopaedic surgeon of Syrian descent who, along with other doctors, was risking life and limb to treat children and adults who had been injured by artillery shells and bombs used by the Syrian government […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: GRACE AND PEACE, FROM GOD, OUR FATHER, AND OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST. IN ONE OF THE CONGREGATIONS I SERVED AS PASTOR, THE YOUTH RE-ENACTED THE EASTER STORY AT OUR EARLY SERVICE. THEY WENT ALL OUT FOR THIS, WITH SEVERAL OF THE PARENTS’ HAVING CONSTRUCTED A GARDEN AND A TOMB WITH A LARGE […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: I LOVE A PARADE! DON’T YOU? THE BANDS, THE CROWDS, COLORFUL BALOONS, THE CREATIVE FLOATS….. HOW COULD YOU NOT HELP BUT FEEL GOOD AT A PARADE. I PLAYED TROMBONE IN THE A. L. BROWN HIGH SCHOOL BAND IN THE KANNAPOLIS CHRISTMAS PARADES, WE WOULD BRING UP THE REAR OF THE PARADE JUST […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: When 9/11 happened, back in 2001, I was in Paris, studying abroad. At first, the response of the international community was incredible. The French, in particular, were both sympathetic and accommodating. “We are all Americans,” read the newspaper headline on September 12. Paris, though, is an incredibly diverse city, and once our […]

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