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How much I want to meet with you

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I really don't like wearing a mask. I don't like the feel, I don't like how it's a little harder to take in a deep breath, I don't like not seeing someone's expressions, and I don't like them not seeing mine. So I wear my mask. And I really don't like wearing a mask when we gather for worship...

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Tags: church, online, mask, coronavirus, covid

Hybrid Groups

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Sunday night, our small group met partly in person, partly online for the first time - a "hybrid" group. We had been all online since March. For those in person, we set up a computer to display the video call on a large TV screen to make people more life-sized. Even though we weren't all...

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Tags: small, group, online, hybrid

Deeply Grateful

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I want to give a shout out for a few who have really gone above and beyond during this time, and I will do so in front of the whole congregation when it's time to. In no particular order: Pete R for all the sound tech and video tech requirements of moving everything online and then...

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Tags: thanks, gratitude

Feeling Even More Distant

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When we first started meeting online, we all suddenly felt more distant from each other. Naturally. But as we got the hang of it, we started to forge connections with each other through different means. I was surprised at how well we could still feel connected as a church through a video...

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Tags: community, covid-19

Preaching to an Empty Room

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Sunday was our first time of leading our online worship service from the church premises. I was surprised at the number of technical details that needed to be resolved just for that simple move from leading on Zoom from our living rooms to leading from the sanctuary. Big kudos to all the...

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Tags: evangelism

Be on guard for the online flock

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In Acts 20:28, Paul tells the flock to be on guard for themselves and for the flock. This directive has a particular twist in our days of gathering as the church online. We have been using Zoom for our online meetings, and most likely, you've read about some of the security concerns with Zoom...

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Tags: security, online, safety, flock, zoom

Re-Easter

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When is Easter this year? That's a much weirder question than Christmas, Fourth of July (obviously!), and even Thanksgiving. The Western tradition for Easter has to do with the lunar calendar in the springtime, which means it changes from year to year. I've always found that odd. For 2020, the...

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Tags: church, worship, easter, resurrection

I Love My Church Family!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

OK ... so ... ummm ... that was a weird week. But one of the positives is yet another reminder of how much I love my church family. All of you have been incredibly flexible on how to be and do church. I'm hearing of many of you reaching out to others, checking on them, offering to...

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Tags: church, 19, coronavirus, covid

A Person is a Person because of People

Posted by Colby Kinser on

At a recent conference I attended, one of the speakers (Brad Wos) said in a breakout session, "A person is a person because of people." His point is that our personhood is necessarily defined in terms of being a member of a community ... a "people." A person does not have full personhood apart...

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Tags: community, growth, maturity, mature, people, person

Thankful New Year!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

With the New Year come some changes in our leadership team - always a bittersweet transition for me. I have been blessed by those who are finishing their terms of serving: Howard Holthaus: serving as an elder, and most recently as chairman of the elders, Howard has helped us walk through the...

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Tags: service, officers

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