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  • September 19 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 19, 2021
    Destroying Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 3 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 16, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 12 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Developing Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 2 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 9, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 5 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 5, 2021
    Why Vulnerability? Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scri...
  • Hurricane Ida Relief Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Friends in Christ, I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake....
  • Week 1 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 2, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • Try Vulnerability Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    Alyssa Robinson shares why she struggles with vulnerability. I don’t understand vulnerability. There. I said it. I’ve seen all of Brene Brown’s Netflix specials, watched a few...
  • Jesus as Lord Monday, August 30, 2021
    Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the ...
  • August 29 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 29, 2021
    Jesus as Lord Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scripture...
  • Jesus as Prophet Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed...
  • August 22 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Jesus as Prophet Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Teacher Monday, August 16, 2021
    Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one w...
  • August 15 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 15, 2021
    Jesus as Teacher Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Friend Monday, August 9, 2021
    Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout ...

Being a Witness is Being a Friend

Denise Robinson learned through her 2-year-old granddaughter that being a witness doesn't have to be scary: My daughter Stephanie and 2-year-old granddaughter Sarah were at an Easter party at the Army post where Steph’s husband is currently stationed. The event was filled with fun events for children including a bounce house. Sarah LOVED the bounce house. She would jump for a little while, run to her mommy to check in and then go right back in the bounce house. On one occasion, she... Read More
at Thursday, March 31, 2016

And He Will Be My Savior

The hymn "First Song of Isaiah" has followed Amy Parsons throughout her life, renewing her relationship with God: In 1978, I got to sing it in children's choir with the adult choir singing, too! My mom was the children's choir director and my granddad was in the adult choir. In 1988, I got to sing it in youth Choir with the adult choir singing, too! My brother sang with me, our mom was the youth choir director and our granddad was in the adult choir. (Mom was in high demand - or more... Read More
at Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unshackled From My Bologna

An 8-year-old girl helped unshackle Rev. Daniel Humbert from his selfish thinking: When I discovered last year that our Sr. High youth would be participating in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), I was tremendously excited! I was excited on the one hand because it would allow them to emulate the values of our church—radical love, servant ministry and Biblical relevance. I was also excited because I knew they were about to have the same kind of transformational experience that I... Read More
at Thursday, March 24, 2016

New phone. Who's this?

For Randee Paraskevopoulos , it was a technology glitch that made her realize she needs to work harder at relationships: I got a new phone back in November. It's the new Windows 10 phone. Great camera, simple interface and Cortana is great about reminding me of stuff. I love it. About the same time, I decided to clean up my contact lists on my computer, which then would sync with my new phone. I had duplicates in my personal account, my work account, an old account, my Facebook,... Read More
at Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Life is Full of Weeds!

Rev. Doug Meyer has learned a lot about his faith life by working in his yard. Check out a note from Doug: I find weed pulling very therapeutic.  It's as simple 1-2-3... I see a weed in my lawn or flower bed I bend over and pull it out or spray it with some horrible toxic chemical BOOM – no more weed!  Wouldn’t it be nice if pulling the weeds out of our lives were as simple?! In reality life-weed pulling is not as simple as that. First, you have to... Read More
at Friday, March 18, 2016

Entertaining Angels

Allison Lassahn, Trietsch's Hospitality Coordinator, shares how her definition of hospitality transitioned from logistics to relationships. Do you have a story to share? Contact Alyssa Robinson at alyssar@tmumc.org . I don’t know about you, but middle school was hard for me. It was when I first became familiar with concept of a clique and just how cruel kids can be. There were kids (mostly other girls) who would not talk to me because I didn’t live in the right neighborhood or wear the... Read More
at Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Noticing God's Beauty Through Prayer

Observations about prayer by Rev. Clay Horton: This past weekend, I attended a wedding for Errinne’s cousin. They must have spent $10,000 on flowers! There were two huge centerpieces, two massive arrangements at the doors of the reception tent, and then special arrangements all throughout the reception area. I, however, didn’t notice any of the flowers, except for Errinne’s bouquet that I used to save our seats at a dinner table. I’m clearly not a big flower guy,... Read More
at Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Servant

Amy Parsons shares a moment of compassion that changed her life: I worked the "Feed the Homeless" program one cool Saturday morning and was not prepared for a sermon. Sermons usually come on Sunday morning and very eloquently, effortlessly and full of wisdom (I should add in case my pastor is reading this). I enjoy hearing what God has to say to me through the lessons in church, but this particular morning, I wasn’t prepared to receive a multitude of sermons and even less prepared for... Read More
at Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Building the Kingdom!

A story about serving alongside Honey Dudes by Alyssa Robinson. If you have a story you'd like to share, contact me at alyssar@tmumc.org . Kevin Cummings, founder of Honey Dudes, recently invited me to tag along on one of their local projects. My initial thought was -- why not? He told me that it would take less than an hour, and he'd really like for people to learn more about the ministry. I showed up expecting to help with a few odds and ends around the house and snap some... Read More

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