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 By Nancy Bacon    Community    June 8, 2019

Enhancing other's lives enhances our own

One of the perks of being clergy, is that after a number of years of service, most pastors are granted a temporary sabbatical leave. This becomes a chance to learn or experience some new things, go...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    May 11, 2019

Upcoming sabbatical

Dear Friends, Greetings! Happy May! Happy Spring! Where does the year go? May is traditionally full of end-of-school activities. If you are a teacher or love a teacher, please give them some extra...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    March 2, 2019

Celebrating different cultures, traditions

Dear Friends, Mine is a church that likes to celebrate different cultures, and Celtic traditions are certainly an annual favorite. This month, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday. Come and join us...

 

Love in action

Greetings! It's February, a month associated with love and valentines. My Jewish friend and colleague, Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein, was discussing love with me recently. Judaism and Christianity overlap...

 

Christmas memory

My fondest Christmas memory came about in the midst of a violently cold snowstorm in rural Minnesota. The storm had come up quickly and schools were scurrying to get children home for their winter...

 

Hope grows when shared

What do you hope for during the holidays? Have you been good? Is Santa headed your way? Or do your hopes run deep for peace and harmony in your life, your family, community, nation and around the...

 

Fill your life with things you love

Greetings! Recently, a woman from Tehachapi, Judy Hewitt, shared with me and a few others the story of her 26-year-old nephew, Zach Heglemeyer, who died this past year from a surfing accident. He was...

 

Finding support through our MeToo experiences

These past few weeks, I have been contacted by numerous people, some males, but mostly females, who have been victims of sexual assault. A sexually explicit letter was also placed on my teenage...

 

God's measure of greatness

Mark 9:30-37 tells a story of Jesus walking with his friends while they hang back bickering over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus turns around and catches them in the act. Awkward. Imagine...

 

Thoughts on 'Incarceration Nations'

Every year the Kern County Libraries recommend one book for all residents to read and discuss around the county. This year’s recommended book is “Incarceration Nations” by Baz Dreisinger. Given...

 

Trauma and recovery

My heart is with teachers and students at this time as they begin a new school year. An organization that I have worked with, the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, (www.cmbm.org) has been training teache...

 

The power of hospitality

Aloha! I was recently blessed with being able to visit Hawaii, lava and all. Fortunately, our boat was not hit by a lava bomb. That sad incident occurred three days after we were there. My heart goes...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    July 7, 2018

Biblical stories come to life

There's an HIV shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, that brings me close to Jesus. Albergue Las Memorias is an amazing place of men, women and children who live in community caring for one another. When people...

 
 By Nancy Bacon    Community    June 23, 2018

Use the Bible responsibly

Like many of you, my heart is broken for the children and parents being separated at our southern border. I pray that by the time this article goes to print this traumatic situation will be stopped....

 
 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...

 

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