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Happy #GivingTuesday

Did you have a happy Thanksgiving? Maybe I should also ask if you had a happy Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! It can be both a joyful and stressful experience buying gifts for others. There is definitely great joy in giving, but do we take it overboard sometimes? I know I can get caught up in buying unnecessary and unneeded gifts. That's why I love the tradition that popped up within the past 10 years of #GivingTuesday . After all the rush to buy... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Shibata at Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's Coming, People!

Alyssa Shibata is having a holiday freak-out right now and unashamed to say it. Join us for Advent November 27 - December 24.  THANKSGIVING IS ON THURSDAY! Sorry for yelling, but can you believe it? I definitely can't. This season seems to creep up on me every year, and honestly, it stresses me out. I'm not a great cook, and I'm trying some new recipes for the first time. (I'm well aware I should have practiced in advance). I probably should have bought the... Read More
at Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stand Up to Fear & Hate

Please read a letter from Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church: Events in our communities and across our nation since last week's election demonstrate the ugly and evil sin of racism that is still among us. In schools, universities, restaurants, and other places, children and adults have been on the receiving end of words and actions by persons who seek to instill fear and dominance over... Read More
at Thursday, November 17, 2016

What do we do now?

Alyssa Shibata shares her personal reflections on the election results and how she chooses to react: I'm guessing there are a healthy mix of people at our church who either voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. I'm also guessing there are mixed emotions ranging from elation to devastation following the results of the election. After the results came in, I spent about half of the day on Wednesday watching the news, listening to news radio, tuning... Read More
at Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted

Rev. Camille May, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries, shares a poem by John O'Donohue. This is for those who are headed to, on the verge of, or smack in the middle of exhaustion. If you ever need extra care, prayers or support, contact Camille at camillem@tmumc.org or by phone at 972-539-8547 ext. 204.     A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the... Read More
at Tuesday, November 8, 2016