We always had a garden growing up. It had tomatoes, jalapeños, bell peppers, lettuce, radishes, carrots, and at least one vine vegetable, like cucumbers. My mom made and canned her homemade salsa from the harvest, enough to last us through to the next season – and we went through a lot! What we had grown
When I first found out that the Sunday I was available for testimony during the Season of Creation was River Sunday, I was really excited to reflect on how God is renewing the rivers in my life. Scenes of interacting with the rivers of my hometown and college town immediately popped into my head. I
When people ask me where I’m from, I have a hard time answering that question. It’s more of a paragraph than the single name of a place. I often lead off with “I’m from North Idaho.” Our long skinny valley had the Rockies on either side of it. Our house sat on a rim above
Dust on the Prairie Last week, even though I was standing on an elevated train platform, I felt the most connected to the land in a way I haven’t for a while. The sky was painted in watercolor hues of orange, pink, and yellow with purple clouds adding a tinge of mist. This reminded me
The best job that I ever held was at the St. Louis Science Center as a “gallery assistant” in the Fossil Lab. I had a table full of fossils, and miniature dinosaur figures and invited visitors young and old to come to my table to touch, and play, and asked them questions. Why do you
On my left thigh I have a tattoo of a California redwood tree. I got it a few years ago as a commemoration for a bicycling trip I did from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles California. I’m sure a lot of you have heard me talk about this trip — I talk about it a
This October, we invite you to share the joy of celebrating all the animals in your life from kittens to hedgehogs to fish to cheeky squirrels steal birdseed. Let’s see how many pictures we can get tagged on social media with: #petblessing #stfrancis #seasonofcreation +++ We also invite you to take time to bless the
This year, Season of Creation focuses on the Spirit who breathes life into creation, suffers with creation, and renews all creation.
as a dog groomer, i hate puppies. for them, grooming is scary + new + confusing, and they don’t conform to my all-too-human expectations of perfection…
After a long summer of rest and relaxation, our fall worship schedule begins this Sunday and, with it, a return to one of the worship practices that has quickly become a favorite of many members: testimony.