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 By Nancy Bacon    Community    May 12, 2018 

'When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.' (Isaiah 43:2)

Are you treading water? Barely afloat? I love to tell the story of Noah's ark, not that I believe it literally, but rather, I like to show a boat rising higher and higher as the water just keeps...

 

Flourishing with spiritual practices

Are you flourishing – enjoying life – happy and healthy? Spiritual practices have been shown to promote health and well-being. I think most of us could use a bit more flourishing. One of the...

 

90 years of worship, come celebrate our anniversary!

Plans are underway to celebrate 90 years of worship at the little church on the corner of E and Green right here in Tehachapi. On Sunday, April 15 during the 10:30 a.m. worship, we will take a walk...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    March 3, 2018

Compassion

When I heard the news of another massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, some of my first thoughts were of my 18-year-old daughter. I wanted to be with her, to see her, to touch her, and hug...

 

Death and Life

The season of Lent can be rather somber. Within the church, the prayers, liturgy and hymns are written to evoke deeper contemplation, as people symbolically walk with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem...

 

'A garland instead of ashes'

Christmas in Minnesota was always a bright spot, sometimes in the midst of cold, miserable weather. Pine boughs, garlands, and a bit of tinsel helped to make the season sparkle. Recently, I have met w...

 

The advent of woke women

Advent is a season of waiting, on high alert. Scripture tells us to "Keep Awake" and be ready. We are to be diligent to welcome a savior coming. However, we can't appreciate the savior if we can't...

 

Love and pancakes for our Veterans and Active Military

Dear Friends, How should churches recognize Veteran's Day? A free pancake breakfast, on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9 to 10 a.m. for veterans and active military personnel is our chosen response this year....

 

Respect for guns, not idolatry of them

My Dad was a great provider - a hunter, trapper, farmer, and he taught me well how to survive off the land in rural Minnesota. He believed there was no reason I shouldn't capture, kill, prepare, and...

 

Dear friends,

Greetings! I am writing this just as Hurricane Irma is set to grind up the state of Florida while Texas and Louisiana are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Caribbean Islands are bracing for...

 

Where's your heart's treasure?

Have you ever found something you could not say no to, besides, drugs, alcohol or other addictions, but rather something positive that was like a miraculous treasure? Sometimes we discover real...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    July 8, 2017

Roman Holiday: mixed cultural and religous messages

Greetings! I was lucky and blessed to spend my summer vacation mostly in Italy, a place I had dreamed of experiencing. It was the trip of a lifetime and I got to share it with my spouse, our 17 year o...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    May 27, 2017

Sun, sand, surf: we 'otter' play more

This past week I attended a meeting at the beach in Santa Barbara. While meetings can be dull, this one allowed me to see the beautiful ocean up close and the cutest adolescent sea lion I have ever...

 

No partiality?

In the bible, Peter states that God "shows no partiality" to one group of people over another (Acts 10:34). God is not partial to Jews over Gentiles or Americans over Somalians. I wonder how God feels...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    April 1, 2017

Easter's joys ahead

Are you noticing signs of spring? I hope new things are budding that you are excited to see bloom both outdoors in nature and within your personal life. Each spring we are greeted by new delights if...

 

Yoga and Soul

During Lent Tehachapi Community Church is offering "Yoga and Soul" on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., with yoga instructor Nikki Miller. Nikki is a local instructor who has spent time teaching in India. She...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    March 4, 2017

Yoga and soul work during Lent

Dear Friends, Greetings! If you are reading this after the first of March, you have survived Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and Lent has begun. Congratulations! I think of Lent as a journey - an episode of...

 

New Year: A new you?

Each New Year allows an opportunity to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future. What are yours? Is there some meaningful transformation you long for? January is my favorite month. I like...

 

Spice it Up!

October is here: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, colorful leaves, windy days and the last full month of presidential political ads. God help us. This, too, shall pass. I write today knowing that...

 

The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist. When I look at his individual deeply textured brush strokes, I feel intense emotions. He didn't live a long peaceful life. He was not successful during his...

 

Let's Get Rich!

The presidential conventions are over and the vicious campaigning season continues. Lord, help us. We can expect to hear about many issues, but especially about jobs and the economy. I like hearing...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    June 25, 2016

'Hate Has No Business Here'

Recently, I saw this poster, “Hate Has No Business Here” at an elementary school. It was refreshing to see these words while children from different cultures played on the playground. Boys and gir...

 

Faith in the Desert and Central California

When I first moved to Bakersfield, California, from the Midwest, it didn't take me long to notice many big churches. My new neighbor told me the city is nicknamed "The Bible Belt West" due to Dust...

 

Greetings from our local Detention Center

Recently I visited the Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield - the temporary forced residence of about 300 male and 100 female undocumented immigrants. While touring the facility and praying...

 

'Be with those who help your being'

“Be with those who help your being.” Rumi gave the world a lot of good one liners, but this is one of my favorites. Those who help my being are often people I admire. They tend to be loving,...

 

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