By Barbara Edwards After a year of not having a garden I am so excited that I have a new garden spot. It’s tilled, raked, and planted. I started some tomatoes and cucumbers from seeds. I planted 8 seeds of each in my sunny laundry room. Five of each kind came up and flourished. As … Continue reading Spiritual Gardening
By: Sheri Owen Today is my 20th wedding anniversary. Pat and I were married on May 15, 1999, in Charlottesville, on a day where the weather was very similar to today. I can’t believe we have been married 20 years (he did ask me to marry him 29 years ago and I said no…..but that’s another … Continue reading Cherish Your Relationships
“I write these things to you, dear children, because you truly have a relationship with the Father. I write these things, fathers andmothers, because you have had a true relationship with him who is from the beginning. And I write these things, young people, because you are strong, the Word of God is treasured in your … Continue reading Victory Minded
By: Lance King A lifelong friend of Chestnut Grove joined us for worship recently. Upon hearing about the various efforts our congregation is making to nurture community in Earlysville (ie. Community Worship & Picnic, Neighboring, Multi-congregational Bible study, $1 Dinner Nights, etc.), our friend mailed a word of enthusiastic applause “for your encouraging and inspiring … Continue reading Building Community
By: Landon Collins A launch period is a collection of a days in which there is a specific time a rocket can launch in order to reach it’s intended target. Within that launch period is a launch window, which is a specific time frame within a day during the launch period time that a rocket … Continue reading Space Travel and Theology
By: Barbara Edwards The wind was blowing – the power was out – I sat down to read. During Lent I’ve been reading “CREED” What Christians Believe and Whyby Adam Hamilton. This book explores the Apostles’ Creed phrase by phrase. Today’s reading was entitled “Communion of Saints”. It’s important to remember that “saints” in the … Continue reading Saints
By: Sheri Owen MINNEAPOLIS — Look at them, those champion Virginia Cavaliers, inadequate no more. They can smile, see. They can dance. They can bounce on an elevated stage, in a supersized venue, during the most precious moment of the final night of the college basketball season. Look at them, and say it again: those champion … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be…Humble
By: Zac Cannon A very common danger for people with special needs is wandering or elopement. This can be a very frightening reality for parents and caregivers of a person, young or old, who sometimes strays from the safety of their family, teachers, and other aids. This fear is often compounded by the inability of … Continue reading Lost & Found
By: Landon Collins During this Lenten Season the staff is fasting and praying for connectivity and community in Earlysville. I pray that in sharing this, it does not come across in any way like one of the Pharisees who wanted to boast about what they were doing. I am sharing our practice as an invitation … Continue reading Magical Fasting?
By: Lance King Sunday night’s Divine Dialogue was one of my top 10 favorite experiences as part of the Chestnut Grove community! In a rare combination of generosity and academic rigor, Landon and Zac explored a variety of doctrinal perspectives about “how Jesus makes us right with God” along with a group of thoughtful parishioners. … Continue reading Got Mature Beliefs?