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I didn't get a chance to read much of the Sunday New York Times yesterday, but I was scanning it over breakfast today and ran across this story:
I find this story fascinating because not only is it theological, it's also personal. The man featured in the article, Rev. Dr. Thomas…Continue
Hi friends - Jon's best buddy from middle and high school in Fairmont is very sick, as is his wife. Their daughter, Jodie, has been taking care of them both - and herself - for a long time. She is 15. The family needs help. It's Thanksgiving week and many of us are so blessed - please read Jodie's story and consider helping in whatever way you can.
My friend Trish's husband, David, wrote a blog post a few months ago when it was clear she was going to lose her battle with cancer. He describes telling his daughters their mother was going to die. Trish wasn't sure about her relationship with God. She said she hoped there was an afterlife, and that she believed in magic. I guess that's what we all hope for - a little magic, or peace, or grace as we are facing our last days on earth. And David, in the face of unimaginable sadness, showed…Continue
Added by Ingrid Sanden on November 14, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments
I have really enjoyed the sermon series this month (the Parable of the Weeds and various ways to understand the story and it's meaning). It took me three sermons to get some sort of grasp on what the parable is trying to say and when I left church last Sunday, I thought maybe I understood. My understanding is that basically, if you rip out the weeds (the evil) while the good seed is growing (the good) then you wreck everything. There is no good left because by ripping up the weeds, you rip…Continue
Today I spoke in church about our new(ish) church website and online community. I was kind of a nervous wreck, to be honest.
I used to perform and speak in front of people all the time as a kid. I really never got nervous. Then I stopped performing so much and became more of a writer than a speaker. Once you fall out of practice with something, nerves creep in. Thankfully Fairlington has provided me opportunities to leave my comfort zone and face those nerves head on, when…Continue
I have been reading the congregational summer read (God's Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World) and enjoyed Pastor Barbara's sermon last Sunday.
I have always had a problem with the story of the prodigal son. I identify with the older son. He stayed around, worked hard, did everything that was expected of him, took care of his father's business and land, and was basically a good kid. Maybe he wished he could have taken more risks. But he didn't - he was the…Continue
I give up alcohol for Lent pretty much every year. I don't think I have an alcohol problem, but I do enjoy a glass of wine pretty much every night. So giving up alcohol means giving up part of my daily routine, and something that signals to me that it's time to relax a little, the kids are in bed, and I can sit down on the couch and watch some t.v. or read the paper. It's more of a state of mind than the actual alcohol, but I find that it's that signal of relaxing and sitting down with a…Continue
Added by Ingrid Sanden on February 22, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments
This is an interesting article from today's NY Times:
I hope you're able to see the link. Also, be sure to click on the graphic to the left of the text - you'll see a pop-up box with some interesting data about…Continue
Added by Ingrid Sanden on January 29, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments
I don't really like change. It's uncomfortable and scary. But change is where we are at with our website redesign. We are getting close to unveiling our site to the "real" world and now the FUMC staff is sharing in put on the design, look, feel, and function of the home page in particular. So you'll notice some changes now - more distinct boxes around groups of text, more links to click on, some new images closer to the top of the screen, a new header/banner (it's just a practice banner, so…Continue
I am so excited to start a new year. I always am. I don't make resolutions anymore, but I do think about goals and projects. Part of why I like a new year is because the hectic feeling of the holiday season is finally behind me.
This year is exciting because hopefully Fairlington will use this "prototype" site as it's website and online face to the world. We have 88 members right now, which should bode well as we attempt to bring the feeling and fellowship of Fairlington…Continue
Except when it's not.
I didn't plan very well when I had my two daughters on December 28, 2002, and December, 29, 2004. Of course in the moment, finding out you're going to have a baby, it's such exciting news that you don't necessarily do the math and count ahead nine months. And even if you did, you couldn't anticipate the wonderful chaos having kids with Christmas-ish birthdays.
And then once you do, you figure out that two birthday parties (they used to…Continue
Added by Ingrid Sanden on December 6, 2011 at 9:31am — No Comments
Yesterday I went over to Jill's house (Jill is our web consultant on the FUMC website project). We had a date to discuss how we could improve the look, feel, and use of our new homepage. I know Jill had a million other things on her mind, as her dad is having health problems, but Jill was so welcoming and wonderful. She helped refine some ideas I had about how to change the page, and we brainstormed together on a few tricky issues. She has a very calm way of taking a lot of jumbled,…Continue
Last Wednesday morning I left for Mississippi with one of my “new” best friends, Mary Payne. I’m so blessed to have her as a friend and we have really helped each other through some tough times. A little over a year ago she came to Minnesota and learned a bit about how I grew up, so we planned this trip so I could see the world from her perspective. She is a Mississippi native and has deep roots there, as evidenced by the fact that her mother and father are either related to…Continue
A friend sent me a column last week about a local journalist at a paper she once worked at. The woman’s name was Rose Post, and she worked at the Salisbury Post in North Carolina for five decades. She sounded like the kind of gal I would have loved to know, and she probably knew everyone, their mother, their second cousin once-removed, and where their niece was going to college. Here is the column. It’s beautifully written by Mark Wineka:
Added by Ingrid Sanden on October 28, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments
Long story short, I'm helping an old friend with a little hometown (Luverne, MN) musical research and I ran across this video. It's from my sister's alma mater, a small Lutheran school in Moorhead, MN known for it's music program (and there are MANY small Lutheran schools known for their music programs across the state of Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa!!) - and it's too good not to share:
When you think of the word "friend," what do you think? I wonder if the definition has changed for people since the invention of Facebook.
I have been thinking about the word "friend" a lot lately. When I first joined Facebook, I really had a hard time accepting "friend requests." These were often people who had been on Facebook much longer than I, and who had found me in roundabout ways. Think of old high school friends (who, in my case, are also middle-school and…Continue
This week, a very important person in my life died. Her name was Esther Paulson and she was 92. She was the grandma of the only boy in a 5-member violin group (the Grace Notes) I played with from the time I was 5 until I graduated from high school (and after that, we got together to play at our church - Grace Lutheran - at Christmas, Easter, and for weddings). She was a surrogate grandma to many.
We practiced every Sunday night in Esther's house. She had this huge, old…Continue
I brought my younger daughter, Ava, age 6, to the Marker-Miller Orchard in Winchester on Saturday. The St. Andrew Club and Hunger Ministries group at Fairlington organized a gleaning opportunity for our congregation on Sept. 24 and again on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The original plan was for our whole family to go,…Continue
How awesome was that rainbow on the way to church yesterday? It was so vibrant, and very narrow. You could easily see both ends. Plus, for a few minutes, there was a full double rainbow! It was fantastic.
Earlier this month, I saw this video on one of my friend's Facebook pages in the week leading up to "Back to Church Sunday," which was Sept. 18:
I thought it was an interesting video, but I really enjoyed reading this article and the reflections of the author, which is based on the video (from…Continue