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Hope Spreads Further: From Crisis to New Life

Kindness in Crisis

March 30, 2020

I'm incredibly close to my mom and talk to her multiple times throughout the day.   Even before all of this craziness happened I always call her on my way into and home from work.  I called her this morning to have our daily chat and she shared with me a beautiful...



Hope for All

March 29, 2020

Volunteers are an important part of our Bethlehem community.  I cannot express enough how much they are appreciated.  Up to now we see them all around the church, not only on Sundays but every day of the week.  You may have seen them maintaining the grounds, making quilts, knitting prayer shawls, working in the office, counting the offering, attending committee meetings, providing coffee and cookies at services, setting up Communion, greeting our...



Take Time for the Small Things

March 28, 2020

While I sit at home, I truly wish I could see you folks for worship or in the Fellowship Hall knitting, making quilts, or the work group gathering for coffee, cookies and conversation.  I miss you folks – each one of you!

I stop and remember how important each one of you are to me and we are to each other.  I thought about a Mac Davis song, Stop and Smell the Roses.  A snippet of the lyrics go like this: ...



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March 27, 2020

I took this picture last month as I walked out of the Meijer in Acme after a shopping trip. I look at it now and ponder how I had NO idea what life would be like six weeks later! These days of lockdown and social distancing make me long for a leisurely trip through the (well stocked) aisles of that giant store. But if you had asked me then what I thought of my trip, I probably would have



"Anchor of Hope"

March 26, 2020

When I was a child, my church was Hope Lutheran in Detroit.  As an adult, I belonged to Hope Lutheran in Dearborn.  The symbol for those congregations was the “anchor of hope,” as described in the book of Hebrews.  From the time I was a young teenager, I have claimed the promise that “we have this...



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"Hope Spreads Further"

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God is good. Let's share some hope.

-Pr. Paul

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1050 Peninsula Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686-2799
Phone: 231.947.9880