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Ready For the Road Ahead 3-20-2011

Ready for the Road Ahead

 

          March 20, 2011, was the beginning of Purim.  The Book of Esther explains the origins of Purim and why it is celebrated.   Esther's story begins with Queen Vashti's fall from grace.  Persia was known for its opulent and excessive wealth.  The royal city of Susa was often host to endless banquets and celebrations.  Many times the entertainment at these affairs was "R" rated.  Vashti's refusal to take part in this debauchery…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on March 29, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 3-13-2011

Ready for the Road Ahead

 

            I was in one of the moods- bored, tired, and not in the mood to do anything.  Exasperated with myself for not wanting to do something healthy or good for my soul, I turned on the television, flip-flopped around a few stations and landed on "The Amazing Race".  I'm not really into "reality" TV, but I was curious to see where they would be going, so I stayed with it.  On this particular episode, the convoluted goal was to…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on March 29, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 3-6-2011

Ready for the Road Ahead

 

            Our tour group walked into the ancient city of Philippi on a beautiful day.  The sky was a pleasant blue filled with puffy white clouds.  But we recognized it only as a good back drop for the pictures we were taking.  Underneath our feet was the weathered Roman road, the Via Egnatia (Vee-ah Egg-nay-she-uh), one of the key elements in the spread of the Gospel.  It was especially moving for me.  Not only did Paul, Silas,…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on March 29, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 3-27-2011

Ready for the Road Ahead

 

            Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!  That little ditty ran through my head several times during the first full week of March 2011.   Not only did we see record rainfall here in the Northeast, but an earthquake in Japan set off a tsunami which destroyed property and beaches in the Northwest.  The rainfall coupled with melting snow caused rivers and creeks to overflow their banks and commuters to detour around the…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on March 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-27-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            No matter how long you stare at the picture below, your brain will tell you that the smaller circle pattern has a larger center and the larger circle pattern has a smaller center.  In reality, it's an optical illusion.  Both centers are the same size.  Optical illusions are brain teasers.  Some are geometric, like the one below.  Others are illustrations which have hidden objects, or subjects that change…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-20-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            Outside my kitchen window there hangs a small birdfeeder filled with a homemade suet mixture.  A number of birds like to visit this feeder throughout the day, but, the most consistent patrons are a pair of Downy Woodpeckers.  It's always fun to watch them maneuver their way across the feeder.  As the suet gets lower, they must find some pretty acrobatic poses in order to keep their balance while feeding.  Many…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 15, 2011 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-13-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

             One time while visiting Cape May, Jeff and I saw a print in a gallery that we just had to have.  It was a photograph of a lighthouse off the coast of France, well known for the stormy waves that crash upon it each day.  A photographer in a helicopter had captured one of those waves as it smashed around the base of the lighthouse while the lighthouse keeper blithely looked skyward  to see what the noise was all about.  One glance at…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 8, 2011 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Ready for the Road Ahead 2-6-11

Ready for the Road Ahead

 

            I came across a sad confession the other day as I read through the postings of my friends on Facebook.  A young father wrote of his feelings of failure in this life.  I sensed his feelings were due to that measuring stick we call "The American Dream".   A man is supposed to find himself a good job that pays well and allows him to acquire all the material pleasures of the good life- a home, a car, and of…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 1, 2011 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 1-30-2011

     Our church lists daily Bible readings on the back of our bulletin for those who want to read the Bible through the year.  The pastor also preaches from one of these passages.  This month we have begun Lamentations, which for many in our congregation, will be the first time they've read it.  The following insert is designed to help them understand Hebrew poetry and to gain some insight on the background of this beautiful book.

 

     If you've been following the Daily Bible…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 1, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 1-23-11

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            My sister Diana and I took great delight in designing games for my youngest sister, Kim, when she was little.  One of our favorites was a birthday scavenger hunt where Kim had to figure out clues in order to discover the whereabouts of her presents.  Kim had a great deal of fun searching for those gifts and Diana and I took delight in watching her eyes light up when she figured out a clue and was rewarded with another…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on January 26, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 1-30-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            If you've been following the Daily Bible Readings on the back of our bulletin, you may have noticed that we are alternating between Old and New Testament books.  I know when I first began reading the Old Testament some books were easier to understand than others.  I was drawn to books like Genesis, Jonah and Ruth because they contained stories about people that I could relate to.  Books like Deuteronomy, Leviticus and…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on January 26, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 1-16-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            On July 5, 1994, my son Christopher and I attended "Game 44" of the World Cup.  Bulgaria was pitted against Mexico and the stadium was completely full.  Over 70, 000 fans gathered to witness the first game to go into overtime, and sudden death in order to determine the winner.  The atmosphere was amazingly electric and we were blessed to watch the shoot out in the front row!

            The World Cup,…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on January 15, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 1-9-11

Ready For the Road Ahead



            About a year ago, thepublisher, Nan A. Talese and an author, James…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on January 4, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead- 1-2-11

Ready For the Road Ahead

          Anyone can tell you that a goodrelationship is built on consistent communication.  Maybe you've experienced this yourself.  Communication does not always…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on January 4, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead- 12-26-2010 (Weekly bulletin insert for my congregation)

Somewhere in the early days of humankind, someone decided time must be measured. Perhaps it was because they observed that time on earth goes in cycles; Fall to Winter, Winter to Spring, Spring to Summer and Summer to Fall. I don't know about you, but for the month that includes the longest day of the year, time in December seems to speed up. It seems I barely get everything in order for Christmas and suddenly the New Year zooms into my life like a spaceship with booster rockets. The year's end… Continue

Added by Ann H. LeFevre on December 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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