A Really Deep Christmas Poem for the Whole Family

By Anonymous Pastor We asked some of our pastors to write Christmas blog posts and gave them deadlines. Upon missing his deadline, one of the pastors wrote the following. We simply had to share. ‘Twas the night before my Christmas blog post deadline and all through my house  every child...

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Rediscovering Wonder in the Christmas Chaos

By Pastor Ryan Rodeman With Christmas comes busy. Always. There’s nothing wrong with busy… A full schedule isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Parties. Family parties. Cookie parties. Shopping parties. Office parties. Decorating. Shopping. Wrapping. Hiding what we’ve shopped for…more shopping. Baking. Cooking (in my case, eating, and then overeating). Traffic....

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I Saw God at Christmas

By Richard Fisher When I was a child, my mom read to me the well known Clement Moore poem, “A Visit From St. Nickolas”, or as we know it –  “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It captured my imagination and defined Santa Claus for me as it had done for...

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Christmas Eve Traditions

by Brad Deetscreek Traditions: a word that brings joy to some and a hint of pressure and stress for others. Right now many of us are hustling around, enjoying the opportunity to do things we’ve been doing for years around Christmas time.   For some of us it starts with loading...

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Christmas Life Hacks

Christmas Life Hacks from your Grace Church Pastors and their spouses!   Amazon Prime! Those are two powerful words. Need we say more? Doritos Wrapping Paper Eat all the chips from a Doritos bag. Turn it inside out. Put your gift inside and tie up with a ribbon. You gave a...

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5 Ways to Avoid Christmas Burnout

by Nate Rayl It’s the Christmas season, and we are all now in “holiday mode”. I don’t even have to elaborate on what that means. We all just know. For some of us, this season brings back great childhood memories and nostalgia, and for others, it’s the hardest time of...

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I’ll Be Homes For Christmas

by Keith Keltner During this time of the year, one of my favorite things to do is spend time at home with family, unlike Kevin McCallister from Home Alone. For the last few years, I have personally had to wrestle with this tension of how to be “Homes” for Christmas....

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10 Simple Ways to Connect with Your Neighbor this Christmas

1. Party It Up! Host a neighborhood Christmas party. 2. Movie Night Host a Christmas movie night with discussion about the Christmas season afterwards. 3. Live Music Invite a neighbor to hear live Christmas music with you at a local coffee shop. 4. Christmas Cards Offer Christmas greetings by sending...

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