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Jesus Teaches us to Pray

Mar 20th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Jesus Teaches us to Pray

We are halfway through the season of Lent, a time of Spiritual Retreat, of turning toward God and learning from Jesus so that we may be for the prepared for journey through Holy Week. This week our church is looking at the text of Matthew 6:5-14, Jesus’s teaching on prayer. This is the beloved text […]

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Jesus’s Baptism

Mar 5th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Jesus’s Baptism

John the Baptist preached a radical message of repentance from sin, John lived in the desert far from the sacred caverns of the Temple, and father still from the rituals and staunch practices that most Jews would have abided by in his day. And yet, this is the very man Jesus seeks to begin his […]

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Name that story!

Mar 4th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Name that story!

We have a group of five congregants participating in a church membership and baptism class! This picture is from our most recent gathering where we discussed the early church. Can you guess which scene they are acting out?  

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Resurrected to our Calling

Feb 28th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Resurrected to our Calling

One of my absolute favorite Bible stories is from I Kings 19:10-13. It’s the story of Elijah running away from his calling. It’s the story of God being revealed through natural disasters, and finally, bending low to meet Elijah where Elijah wants to meet God–in a whisper of a question, “What are you doing here, […]

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Compassion

Feb 14th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Compassion

“Is there anyone deserving of kindness?” This is the question King David asks his advisors after his throne has been established over Israel. And the answer is, “Yes!” In this story from 2 Samuel 9:1-12 David is remembering his friendship with Jonathan, the son of the previous Monarch, King Saul. David is wondering if there […]

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Beyond our Patterns

Feb 7th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Beyond our Patterns

This week we will be learning about the cycle of the Judges in Israelite history. The Judges were not as we think of judges today; gown and gavel in hand, but rather normal people called from within the folds of society to remind the Israelites how to be faithful to the work and witness God […]

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Service Sunday

Jan 30th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Service Sunday

This week all over the US Church of the Brethren congregations will celebrate Service Sunday. This year’s theme is “Grow” and our theme verse is 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to […]

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Animal Blessing Sunday

Jan 23rd, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Animal Blessing Sunday

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 our church celebrated blessing of the animals. A Blessing of Animals witnesses to God’s love and the Church’s love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of the stewardship of creation is strengthened.

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Where we’ve come from and where we’re going…

Jan 23rd, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Where we’ve come from and where we’re going…

Since fall 2018, Glendale Church of the Brethren has been walking with God through the Old Testament in eager anticipation to arrive in the New Testament during the Season of Lent. We began with the story of creation and focused on the seventh day, Sabbath, the day God rested. We learned that as humans we […]

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Community Movie Night!

Jan 9th, 2019 by Annali Topf | Comments Off on Community Movie Night!

This Friday, January 11 at 6:30pm, please join us for this years first Community Movie Night. We will begin with a spaghetti dinner followed by a movie of the group’s choice! Bring a blanket or slippers to get comfortable in, but most importantly, just bring yourselves!  

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