Facing Loss Together

The rain patters lightly on the window as Pat Kinney and I sit at her kitchen table adorned with cheerful yellow flowers and two mugs of tea, and she shares about the widows’ ministry she’s been tending to for the past year. It’s a fairly small ministry, mostly unsung and...

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Opening Locked Treasure Chests

Do you remember your middle school years? All of us dealt with varying degrees of awkwardness, comparison, rejection, and insecurity. Do you remember some of the people who helped you process those grueling feelings and troubling transitional phases? Recently, I had the joy of meeting with mother and daughter duo,...

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Laundry Love

Once a month, people from Arbor Road gather at a couple local laundromats and pay for people in the community to do their laundry. Sandra and Adam Gulick currently help at Launderland, and have been volunteering since it first started in January 2013.   Both of them grew up hearing...

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Angel Tree’s Blessing

I sat down with Mariah in a crowded restaurant last year and listened to her as she told me about the impact Angel Tree had on her life. While she was helping out at Arbor Road’s event last year, she noticed a present with the name “Mariah” on it. “It...

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A God Who Sees

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited for coffee and breakfast with some amazing individuals from the Women Raising Special Needs Children support group. Led by Vivian Miller, these women are by birth, adoption, or foster-parenting, all “part of a club that none of us wanted to join.” They...

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Angel Tree Christmas Party

Two weeks ago on December 5th, I volunteered with Melanie and Richard Gunsolus for the Angel Tree Christmas Party. It is an outreach event with the purpose of giving Christmas presents to children with one or both parents in prison. As the children played, colored, and opened Christmas presents, their...

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