Sandwiched with Christ

Most of us identify with our generation. Whether the Builders, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Z, Millennials or iGeneration. I am a Baby Boomer, also aptly called “The Sandwich Generation.” The sandwich on my plate consists of many demands on my time. I am married to a wonderful man. I work two part-time jobs and…

Exposed Doubts

“I don’t even feel like I believe in God any more,” I said with teary eyes as I sat across from my boss. What pastor wants to hear that from his Ministry Director? I half expected to be fired, and, at the time, that would have been fine with me. The truth is that for…

Mentoring Opportunities- Be watchful and ready!

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in our “My Story With God” series.  What is a mentor? One definition is “a person who listens and works along side.” Everyone can be a mentor, and you probably are whether you realize it or not! Think of the many contacts you have throughout your daily life….

Leadership Appreciation: A special thank you!

Ah, the end of a year carries mixed feelings. It was with a sense of excitement that we recently held a leadership appreciation meeting. This gathering marks the end of a full year of study, outreach projects, discussions, and meetings. Summer is here and offers a welcome change of pace, with less structure, for the women of the church. What…

Bear Bait

“You know what the bears are thinking now, right? Pigs in a blanket!” Funny until it turns out to be true. We were at a camp near the top of Mt. Mitchell in Western North Carolina when a black bear mistook me for a tasty treat. It wasn’t until thirteen years later that I truly began to …

God’s Gift of Community

Jessi Schlatzle, WRC Communications Committee Chair Community is good! Even when community is unpleasant or hard, it is still good because God makes it good. It’s good because He designed it, He commands us to it, He is present in it, and He is faithful through it. God Himself is His own triune community. He lives in…

Growing Leaders

Elizabeth Parker, M.Div., WRC Leadership Committee Chair    Feeling inadequate? Me too! Truthfully, when our fearless leader, Sharon Beekman, asked me to chair the leadership committee of the Women’s Resource Council, I hope I didn’t actually laugh out loud. See, it was funny to me because I’ve been in various leadership positions over the years…

Living out the Great Commission

Reverend Mary Brown, M. Div., Discipleship Committee Chair Does the Church in America need a heart transplant? Has it stopped beating? Christian church attendance has been flat or declining for the last several decades. Thom Rainer, guest speaker at the EPC General Assembly in 2015, said that on a national level people are attending Sunday…

The Well

Reverend Sharon Beekmann M.Div Chair, Women’s Resource Committee  My mother created the pattern for my dress from pictures in her mind. She cut strips and half-moons from our morning newspaper and spread the red cloth on the floor. “We must pin the pattern on the bias so your dress hangs properly. See this thread? Pull it,…