People are Dying…Alone…Where is God?

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Never in our collective memory as a country, or even in the world, has Easter arrived at the same time as a disease that is killing thousands. Having just buried my mom in late February, I can’t imagine the compounded grief and loss of losing a loved one to the virus and then being banned […]

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Five Ideas to Plan NOW in Anticipation of Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2020 | 2 Comments

Though winter is ending the Coronavirus isn’t … yet. Still spring is finally peeking through, so it’s starting to feel like Easter time. With less than two weeks to go, here are a few ideas. You can still plan a meaningful worshipful celebration for your family and others even from home.  It’s important for our […]

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Giving Thanks for Everything…Even the Coronavirus, Even at Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 26, 2020 | 3 Comments

Last week I decided I needed to start a list of “good things” from the Coronavirus outbreak. Everyone seems to be feeling overly cautious or panicked … or overworked if they are healthcare professionals. Or they are beginning to feel overly claustrophobic from staying home like I am. As I type this, I just cancelled […]

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The Coronavirus is Real; Our Future Home is More Real

By Barbara Rainey | March 16, 2020 | 10 Comments

While I am usually eagerly anticipating a big Easter celebration, today I’ve reduced my expectations to a very small gathering—probably just the two of us. The Coronavirus has changed everything for the near-term future. For all we know, this year many churches may not even hold services on Easter Sunday. We may have a taste […]

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5 Weeks till Easter, 5 Ways to Plan Ahead

By Barbara Rainey | March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unless you saw people wearing smudges on their foreheads last week or you attend a liturgical church, you probably missed the start of the Easter 2020 season.  Most of us miss it every year. While Christmas comes with nearly six months of anticipation–decorative and gift items start appearing in late summer, calling to us months […]

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