Can We Be Anything We Want?

April 26, 2015

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by Members of the Junior Church

The service on March 1st featured a reading from a venture capitalist explaining why telling young people that they can be anything they want is not necessarily a good thing. From his point of view, that kind of pie-in-the-sky pabulum does our youth a disservice by distracting them from more "realistic" preparation for their future money-earning ca-reers. What do the young people think about this topic? Are we over-inflating their expectations; selling them on un-reachable dreams; putting too much pressure on them? Do our youth think that believing in possibilities is dangerous or freeing? Come and hear what the youth have to say about wanting, being, doing, and their futures


The Invisible String

April 19, 2015

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by Reverend Wayne Arnason with

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

In times of stress , change, and loss what holds us together? In her children’s book, Patrice Karst has helped children imagine the invisible string that ties us together and helps us feel like we are never alone. Are those of us who are adults too old and cynical to have this kind of imagination? The children will join us for the first half of the service—then they will leave for a Chapel service and conversation on how they might use this year's offerings collected in Chapel.


How Are You Holding Up?

April 12, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz 

What to say to someone who is experiencing emotional distress? Sometimes, we don’t know what to say so we may say nothing at all. What do we wish someone had said to us when we were having a hard time? Too often we are asked the well-meaning but not very helpful question “how ya holdin’ up?” or receive stock phrases meant to console, such as “well, God doesn’t give us more than we can bear.” How we can be present for and with one another during times of crisis will be the focus of this morning’s sermon. The Outreach offering will go Fisher House for Veterans.


Not Dead Yet

April 5, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and

Reverend Wayne Arnason

Although it was Mark Twain in the 19th Century who in response to seeing his own obituary insisted "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated," the latter books of the new Testament specifically and the Christian message generally from the 1st Century has reflected this same insistence about Jesus' message to us. In a world where nothing is permanent, we treat death as the exception. On this Easter Sunday when Christians celebrate resurrection, we'll look with both respect and a little irreverence at the problems and the possibilities of life - before and after death. The Outreach Offering will be dedicated to supporting our partner organization, Greater Cleveland Congregations.