Category Archives: Welcome

Words I Need to Hear

Last week it was my privilege to meet Matteo Musso. “Teo” as he is affectionately called by family and friends is a courageous 14 year old with a great sense of humor. He is an author, artist, poet, and an … Continue reading

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What does greatness look like? Who is the greatest? Pause to answer the question. Find someone to talk to about it. Did you and your conversation partner agree? Is greatness… The star player on the basketball team? The owner of … Continue reading

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Surpirses for Zach

When our third graders drew pictures of favorite Bible stories, Alyvia chose the story of Zacchaeus. Today’s artwork is by her. Children love to remember the little man who climbed a tree, then was welcomed by Jesus. Read about Zacchaeus … Continue reading

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Power of Tables

Sitting together around the dinner table is a powerful thing. In the craziness of schedules, school, and activities, a family meal seems more like a luxury than a necessity. But research continues to show that one of the most important … Continue reading

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Broken Crayons, Broken Shells, Broken People

At the end of the school year, there is always a pile of broken crayons left behind. Who wants the broken crayons when next fall you can get a brand new box? It is the same way when hunting on … Continue reading

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Miracles All Around

Last week the middle and high youth went together to see the movie “Miracles from Heaven.” Based on a true story, the movie is about 5 year old Annabel Beam and her life with a painful, life-threatening digestive disease. Don’t … Continue reading

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Trick Plays

Did you see the cool trick football play that went viral this week? The unexpected pass surprised everyone. It is especially fun since it was our own PEM 7th grade team that pulled off the amazing two point conversion! … Continue reading

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Fall sports season is underway. Shouts of “We’re number one!” echo across the field. We excitedly watch games rooting for PEM because of course, they are the best! Coming out on top is what greatness looks like…right? That is what … Continue reading

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Touch and See

Touch and See The children eagerly gathered. They pushed in close. Pastor Krista was telling the story of Jesus, the cross, and the empty tomb. But hearing the story was not enough. The children wanted to touch each piece—the crown … Continue reading

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The Invitation

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the … Continue reading

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