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Congratulations Clay & Camille

On Monday, June 6 Clay Horton is being ordained as an elder and Camille May is being commissioned as a deacon. This is a really big deal! Let's get out to St. Andrews United Methodist Church to support Clay & Camille during this momentous rite of passage. This is a very large event. We recommend arriving at the church at least an hour early to get parking and a seat.  Venue Information Service of Commissioning & Ordination St. Andrews UMC Sanctuary 5801 W Plano... Read More

At Least I Get Cake

Randee Paraskevopoulos  shares how focusing too much on the rites of passage can take her away from enjoying the now: Birthdays can be a rite of passage. Thirteen when you become a teenager, 18 when you're legally an adult, 21 when you're "legal." After that the birthdays that matter are the milestones, the ones that end in a "0" or maybe a "5." I teased my husband when he turned 25 when I told him he'd outgrown a box of candles. I... Read More
at Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Learning How to Fail

Trey Parker considered his first year of college a rite of passage, but he had to handle many changes that most freshman never have to think about: I remember my first night of college. Not because it was full of whimsy and hopeful thoughts about the future. No. I remember it because a good friend of mine had to help me get undressed and ready for bed. He had agreed to be an attendant for me, and I am so grateful not just for him, but the other three who stepped forward to help... Read More
at Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Atheist Future Husband

Alyssa Robinson is about to deal with both expected and unexpected changes this year: I’m marrying a Japanese atheist in September. In the upcoming worship series, Possibilities Ahead , marriage is listed as an expected life change, but so much of my future marriage is unexpected. At the highest level possible, my expectation of marriage was that I would meet a good Christian man with a similar upbringing, and we would raise a family in the faith. Then I met Junji... Read More
at Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Healing Power of Serving

Sherrill Johnston discovered benefits of serving that she didn't know existed: A few years back I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the State of Alabama’s Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer annual conference. The suggested topic for the conference was "The Healing Power of Volunteering." At the time my work was heavily involved in recruiting and training over 700 persons annually for short-term missions to various sites in South America - so it seemed natural that I would be... Read More
at Tuesday, May 10, 2016