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Youth Speak

by commdir@coee.org

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (KJV) Dear Friends: Annual Convention for The Diocese of Virginia was held Saturday November 4th in Richmond. I had the great pleasure of participating in Convention with our delegate, Bill Forbes and alternate youth more »

Empathy Fatigue

by commdir@coee.org

“…keep awake therefore…” Matthew 25:13 Dear Friends: Could it be that we’re suffering from empathy fatigue? Empathy fatigue involves giving away a piece of ourselves every time there is a wound. Eventually the giver suffers wounded-ness as well and is in need of healing. While definitions vary on mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence more »

Stories for Change

by commdir@coee.org

“Now allow us to praise famous people and our ancestors, generation by generation. The Lord created great glory, his majesty from eternity…” Ecclesiasticus 44:1-2 Dear Friends: Today, we remember. This morning in worship we read the names of all those known to Epiphany who have passed onto God’s nearer presence in the past year. Sadly, more »

Why I Give

by commdir@coee.org

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 21:19 Hillary asked more »

Speed Dating: 100% in and MORE!

by commdir@coee.org

“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 Dear more »

What are we wearing?

by commdir@coee.org

“Clothe yourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12-13) Dear Friends, While I love church weddings, on Saturday afternoon with a roaring ocean as our wedding march, the soft sands to cushion our barefoot steps, and the sea air to fill our lungs, there was no doubt that the power of God’s mighty more »

Changed Lives

by commdir@coee.org

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Dear Friends, This morning during Wednesday Morning drive by prayers in the chapel, we prayed the prayer for the end of gun violence: more »

Glass Room, Sand, & Worship

by commdir@coee.org

“All the people were beside themselves with wonder. Filled with awe, they glorified God, saying, ‘We’ve seen unimaginable things today.’” Luke 5:26 Dear Friends: We’re always happy to hear from our Children, Youth and Family Minister, Dana Hale: It has been so encouraging to see our Sunday School program continue to grow in size and more »

What’s Our Culture?

by commdir@coee.org

“For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11 Dear Friends, As people of faith, do we stereotype American Muslims? What misconceptions do we have about what American Muslims face each day? Do we live in a post Christian culture? These are some of the many questions people of faith are asking these days. We’re reminded more »

Questions, Questions, Questions

by commdir@coee.org

“Go, your faith has made you well…” Mark 5:34 Dear Friends: Do you have questions about what to believe as a Christian? How are we saved? What is heaven? Is the Bible truth, fact, or fiction? Why is Baptism so important? What if I don’t believe everything we say in the creeds? Are we supposed more »