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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein In just a few days, we celebrate Independence Day, on July 4.  Since the holiday occurs on a Friday this year, I am guessing a lot of individuals and families will be taking advantage of the long weekend that many will be able to enjoy.  Picnics, fireworks, sparklers and time to […]

Summer

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein Last Saturday, June 21, was the first day of summer.  The extended school year is finished; the vacation schedules are beginning to unfold; and the hot and humid weather is settling in over the heartland.  I had often heard it said that summer is a time when things slowdown in the […]

80/20

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein As we are on the verge of the opening day of yet another Hog Wild Days Event, I have been thinking about the 80/20 rule, otherwise known as Pareto Principle or the Rule of the Vital Few.  Most, if not all of you reading this posting, are familiar with this principle.  Named after an […]

Father’s Day

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein In just a few days there will be the celebration of Father’s Day, a day set aside to honor fathers and male parenting.  This day was established in the early 1900’s to complement Mother’s Day that was already being celebrated.  Yet celebrating Father’s Day had little success and faded from the […]

Graduations and Pentecost

By: Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein It is that time of the year when graduations are happening, honoring students at every level of learning from preschool and kindergarten to high school and college to post graduate work.  It is a time of the year that is often filled with joy and hope and anticipation as individuals celebrate […]

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