Know Your People

February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]


6 Tips for Teens to Reduce Stress

February 1, 2017 | Posted by Emily Briggs

There aren’t many people who don’t feel stressed at any given point. I know I am almost always stressed about something. Just last week the pressure of several tests before break at school brought me to tears. It’s easy to feel hopeless when you’re being slammed with test after test, and every wrong answer makes […]


The Powerful Influence of a Thank You

January 26, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

Every year about this time I sit down at my desk to write out some notes. They are handwritten and go out to a very distinct and distinguished group of people. After all, a handwritten note is a very valuable thing in this day and age of email, social media, and the Internet. People love […]


For the Lonely Church Worker

January 19, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post about loneliness. I wrote this blog post because I had been lonely and I was sick of being lonely. I wrote this blog post because I had recently learned a lot of people around me were also lonely. I wrote this blog post because God calls us to […]


We’re Having a Baby!

December 12, 2016 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’re having a baby. No, not my wife and I. That would be too much like an Abraham and Sarah story. Our daughter and her husband are expecting our first grandchild in January. Just like every first-time grandparent, I will tell you that I’m not old enough to be a grandpa. But secretly I’m giddy […]


Seasons Change

December 5, 2016 | Posted by Billy Brath

I was visiting my parents this past fall and, just like the rest of the country, my parent’s home was adorned with pumpkins, changing leaves, scarecrows, etc. Unlike most of the country, though, my folks put out plastic UV resistant pumpkins, fake leaves, and none of us have any idea what scarecrows are for. My […]