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Off the Wall - Thoughts from Pastor Alan Dorway

June 2014

On the Youth Snow Retreat in February, I listened during lunch as some of our youth shared thoughts on books that they were reading. It was a fascinating conversation. Our youth are well read and seem to pound through books, especially ones they like. They are also adept at critically thinking about plot points, characters, and engage in why parts of a book are better than a movie version...

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May 2014

What a blessed Lenten season, great Holy Week, and wonderful Easter! Thank you all for participating and sharing in life together. Personally, I had a very meaningful Lenten journey mainly because I did not watch TV. I kept up with my devotions and did not have television as a distraction...

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April 2014

Quick update on Lent…wow, not watching TV has been hard! I have maintained this discipline and I thank you for your prayers. I also pray that your spiritual practices this Lenten season have born fruit of the Spirit. As I write this article, it’s March Madness time and I really, really, really want to go home and watch the hours of basketball games...

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March 2014

In January we began a discernment process. We began a journey of putting aside our thoughts and dreams and being active listeners for the Holy Spirit. We had some of our friends from Renewal Ministries Northwest begin guiding us and then they continued to work with our session...

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February 2014

Have you ever had one of those moments when you raised your hand and immediately you were not sure you should have? At our presbytery executive board retreat, I agreed to be one of the two teaching elders to attend General Assembly. This is an honor and I’m not having second thoughts, but this has put a cramp on my baseball-watching schedule...

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January 2014

Can you believe it, four years! That’s right, as of January 17th; I will have been here four years. A lot has gone on in four years (just read my thoughts from the 2013 annual report)! On some level, time has flown by with ministry and mission collaboration happening day by day...

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December 2013

Yes, it’s official, depending on how you see it, I either caved to my family’s wishes or I woke up and came to my senses. For those who do not know, I was trying to hold out and not travel on Christmas to see my family. It’s not that I don’t love my family; I like my sanity more...

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November 2013

I wrote an article for our November Carillon and then due to some technical difficulties, I’m able to change my thoughts. Part of this new strain of thinking has come from my recent trip to Tijuana building homes through an organization called DOXA...

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October 2013

I can feel it in the evening air; summer sadly is coming to a close. Trust me, I pray for continued warm weather and have enjoyed the many days of sun and warmth we’ve been blessed with this summer. I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful summer and good beginning to the fall semester....

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September 2013

As we wrap up the summer, I want to say congratulations to everyone for taking the time to memorize scripture. You all did an amazing job! I too was challenged with memorizing and while I add the Boy Scout Law to the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians, I was reminded of the power of remembering...

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August 2013

At the end of my first summer working at Calvin Crest, the staff put on a culmination fundraiser event. As part of the staff, we practiced as a choir and worked on group pieces and some solo pieces to showcase the ministry of camp. On the day of the staff concert...

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July 2013

During the summer of 1993, I played a lot of basketball in my free time. I was working at Calvin Crest and if I had an afternoon off from cleaning or dish duty, I played basketball. I played pick up games with junior and senior high students, family campers, and fellow staff members...

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June 2013

Twenty years ago, I graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. I knew that this June was the anniversary of that moment in my life, but as my life has been changing; I have had the opportunity to go through a lot of items that I’ve saved over my life....

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May 2013

I’ve grown up in the church. I was baptized when I was five years old and I have fond memories of Sunday School, my teachers, and the overall atmosphere of care and love I found in church. I was confirmed, sang in the choir, played handbells, and had amazing youth group formational friendships and faith development steps in my life...

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April 2013

Every once and awhile, I need to be reminded of how small I am. I don’t know about you but my ego and my tendency to think that the world revolves around me can get out of control. Please hear me correctly, I do not like when this happens and I try to balance my life as best I can...

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February 2013

This past week, Bailee (our dog and faithful companion for 10.5 years) died. I’d like to thank many people who have cared and loved me as I adjust to a quiet house and no morning walks. Yes, I complained about him, but as I've mentioned before and I’m sure I’ll mention again...

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January 2013

It is difficult to think about the New Year when we have not yet celebrated Christmas. I have not written my sermon for the 23rd, let alone prepared my heart for the swelling of gratitude I feel when the lights of our candles remind us of the light of Christ...

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December 2012

What is your go to memory of Christmas? What is the memory you automatically return to every time you hear a Christmas carol or song or see a tree lit up or smell the baking of holiday treats? Maybe we don’t just have one, but I’m sure we all can think of those moments, even as near as last year, that come to mind as we dream and think about Christmas this year. I’ve mentioned baking cookies with my mother...

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November 2012

I walked the labyrinth. Yes, I took the time on my recent conference at the Mo Ranch Conference Center in Texas to walk the camp’s labyrinth. Now the function and purpose of a labyrinth is a spiritual practice where one walks along a path in a singular non-branching path that leads to the center and then back out again. This is a practice where...

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October 2012

As we move into October, it is once again time to renew our individual and congregational practice of biblical financial stewardship. Our continued stewardship focus will be on growing in faith, listening to God’s call, living out our discipleship.   

Session has affirmed the Consecration Sunday approach...

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September 2012

September is that “get back in the swing of things” type of month. Bizarre really. I don’t know why it is, but every September I associate back to school, the changing of the seasons, and the beginning of football as a completely different time of the year. For me, every year, we look toward the warm weather of our summers. Here that warmth is about two...

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