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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Pastor Emily Hartner: A little over a year ago, Ian and I traveled to Texas for my goddaughter’s baptism. We were in their living room one afternoon when my goddaughter’s older brother, who was 2½ at the time, came into the room and announced that he had made a mess. Well, that was an understatement! […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: In case you ever wondered: I do not play the piano. It’s not because I didn’t take piano lessons–I took them for four years, from the time I was in the first grade until the time I was in the fifth grade. It’s not because I didn’t like extracurricular activities–I was involved […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Larry Dagenhart, Sr. recently told me the story about having breakfast one morning with a friend. (Don’t worry–he gave me permission to use it.) His friend studied the menu, searching on all the pages for some grits he could order. When he couldn’t find any, he asked the waitress about them. “Honey,” […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: “I have a bone to pick with you.” That’s the way my 12-grade English teacher began our class one day. The whole class–and I mean everyone–had copied each other’s homework. Another one of our teachers found out and let our English teacher know. And so she started the class by indicating that […]

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If you’re a member of the social media site, Facebook, you may have noticed a video pop up on your feed over the month titled, “Year in Review. Facebook took your photos and posts to capture 2016 in a nutshell for every one of its users. As I reviewed these videos, it was clear that […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Before the invention of readers and iPads, when books came in paper form with pages that sometimes smelled musty and you could underline things with real ink and use a real highlighter to mark what you wanted to remember, when the term “page turner” had a literal meaning, I frequently read the […]

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Pastor Emily Hartner: Well, here we are on the other side. The presidential campaign has come to completion, the election is over, you didn’t move to Canada on Wednesday after all, and, come January, we will have a new President of the United States of America. Last week, I told you that, whatever happened this […]

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