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Haven’s Sunrise Service on Easter, 2014

Haven’s Sunrise Service on Easter was a true celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The beauty of God’s sunrise coming up over the rim underscored not only the beauty of the world we live in but the wonder of Jesus’ sacrifice for all of us. A brunch followed the service with the usual excellent
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving  – A Time for Caring “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our
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Thoughts on Advent and Christmas

Confession: Every time I come across advice from a fellow Christian urging us to slow down during Advent, I am tempted to do an exaggerated, teenager-ly eye roll. Sometimes I actually do the eye roll. And throw in a heavy sigh for dramatic effect. To me, admonitions to shun holiday season busy-ness in favor of
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Haven’s Highlights – October, 2013

As October arrives, winter visitors return. As they do, even more opportunities present themselves. Choir, Dinner with Friends, Bible Study, (read Acts 16:5). Leaders return so committee and boards can continue their work. We had our SPRC meeting, and Administrative Council meeting was September 22nd. In October, Haven will hold it’s Annual Church Conference, people
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Vacations are Wonderful!

Vacations are wonderful!  At least ours was!  We had such a good visit with our daughter on the Washington/Idaho border.  We had nothing special to do and so we took long drives through the country side, ate way too much food at terrific restaurants, took afternoon naps, watched some movies we have been wanting to
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Yarnell Fire Firefighter Loss

July 2013 In the wake of the tragic loss of the 19 Firefighters this last week we can wonder “Where was God when this was happening?”  This is when we are glad that we have faith in a God who knows what He is doing!  A God who watches over everything, and even though He doesn’t plan
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Prayer from Manuscript Found in ACCRA

Dear Friends…. Our niece, Melissa, sent us this prayer this week… It spoke to me, and I hope it speaks you. Blessings, Janet   Give us this day, Lord, our daily miracle. Even if we are incapable of noticing it because our mind is focused on great deeds and conquests. Even if we are too
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Be Good to Yourself and Be Good to Others!

The following passage is from the book, “Be Good To Yourself” by Orison Swett Marden: “When we learn to look for the good in people instead of the bad, we shall bring out the good instead of the bad, for our estimate of others helps to form their estimate of themselves; and no one can
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Maintaining a Balanced Life and Perspective

A friend sent me the following.  I thought it good enough to pass on.  Janet. The following passage is quoted from Diane Johnson as sourced from the book, “Over the Top” (Zig Ziglar): “Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to
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Neighbors

I heard of a Christian group that formed on a college campus. It was a newer group at a campus that had recently launched, and the group members were eager to do something big and evangelistic. They wanted to coordinate a fall festival or cookout at the campus, inviting the neighborhood around the church to
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A Difficult Loss

This has been a very hard week for our congregation. A wonderful 5 year old boy was taken home to heaven.

January 2013 Pastor’s Message

Happy New Year, Peace and God’s Blessings to one and all. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas. For those who did not make it to our Christmas Eve service, Wow! You missed out because the youth and children of Haven UMC did a terrific job with the pageant on the story of the babe
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The Holidays are Here

Well, here we are coming up on Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays, with all the hussle and bustle that goes with getting the turkey ready, visiting with relatives,  and holiday shopping. Let’s not forget to thank God for everything we have, and everybody in our lives, even those that have touched our lives ever so
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Power of Prayer

“If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”  Billy Sunday Prayer doesn’t always come easily for me.  I know how to ask God for help and how to ask him for forgiveness.  I know words to say that glorify God… I was looking out the window of the church office this morning,
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I Am Blessed

Like the rain that can’t be stopped from falling, God’s love and blessings keep on pouring.  – Author unknown Some of you may have seen my license plate which says. “IMBLESD”.  Some folks have come up with other ideas for what the letters mean, one person thought it meant “imbecile,” but my intention was to
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It is Never Too Late to be What You Might Have Been

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot How true this is.  I have found that as we age we tend to give up on new beginnings.  We are content to say “Oh how I wish” or “If I were only younger”.  And for some of us, we are
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I Will Be 62 Next Month

I will be 62 next month.  At this time of life I pictured myself being ready to settle back, relax and let the younger people do things.  I guess I imagined that I would have accomplished every thing important to do by now.  How wrong I was.  In some ways this seems to be a
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