To Be Evangelical

Pastoral Reflections If you looked up ‘evangelical’ in a dictionary, the adjectival form suggests an accordance to the teachings of the Gospel. The noun derives accordingly; a person, church or organization who adheres to Gospel-centered teachings and traditions in the Christian faith. However, how words come to be used in the street is equally influential

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TLC News Updates

TLC publishes a News Update most Wednesdays.  Click on a linked recent date. January 15 January 8 December 18 December 11 December 4 November 27 November 20 November 13 November 6

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Remembering Burma’s Independence

Pastoral Reflections On January 4, Burma celebrated the 72nd anniversary of their independence from British rule. Like every other place in the world’s history of brokenness under human rule, the story of Burma is not without intrigues. After three wars between the British and Burmese, known as the Anglo-Burmese wars, the British eventually took control

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Portal of the Opening Year

Pastoral Reflections As we come to the threshold of a new year, it is time that often prompts our minds to sort through a myriad of thoughts, memories, hopes and wishes, perhaps regrets and fears as well. For some, the experiences of the old year have a way of setting the tone for our disposition

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In the Small Places

Pastoral Reflections Christmas is big. It’s even big outside of the Christian tradition. Arrays of decorations, special colors and lights. Its own music genre. Dedicated commercials and sales. Galas. Splash events.   But, as you already know, that was not how it started. I like joyous (even sometimes, big) Christmas celebrations. Yet, something about Christmas

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Holiday Service Times

Sunday, Dec 22 – 1 Service only, at 10 am with Children’s Christmas Pageant. Pot-luck following the service Dec 24 – Christmas Eve service, starting at 4 pm with Carols followed by a Candlelight service at 4:30 pm Sunday, Dec 29 — Regular service times at 8:15 & 10:45 Dec 31– New Year’s Eve Service

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Joy

Pastoral Reflections Joy.  We sing about it in carols, hear of its presence in the manger, and even set aside a Sunday of Advent for it.  This blissful feeling seems to surround the holiday season.  But sometimes joy seems to be overshadowed by sorrows, drowned out by busyness, or drained by difficult circumstances.  Truthfully, it

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Seasons and Cycles

Pastoral Reflections I recall my first winter in the US. I should say, late Autumn. We lived in a town home and Becky was insulating the windows against draft.   I asked, “Why all that trouble, isn’t shutting the windows enough?” [Remember that I grew up in Nigeria, i.e., without winters.] She tried to explain

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Grief and the Holidays

Kelly Poag, a member of our congregation and a Christian counselor, wrote the attached article for Westwoods Community Church members, and wanted to also make it available to TLC members. It’s a simple, but helpful article that is aimed at helping people who are grieving this holiday season, or, for those who care for someone

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O Come Immanuel

A quiet moment in the house on my kindergartner’s school day during my toddler’s nap time.  Breathing in the last Advent season in this little home of ours…wondering if we’ll be here on Christmas morning or in our new house.  It almost seems, at this point, that it doesn’t matter. We have been learning hard

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