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hands of bride and groom with tulips

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote Tennyson. What the poet chose to leave out, however, is that in the same season the fancy of many young women turns to thoughts of a wedding. Those of us who deal professionally with couples and their wedding ceremonies often find…

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Engaging Group Members During Summer Break

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By Joanna R. Loucky-Ramsey If the last several months have been challenging for your group, you’re not alone! Navigating relationships during a pandemic, with all the challenges of social distancing, lockdowns, and meeting each other on small screens, hasn’t been easy. Many groups have experienced losses and change.  Whether or not you normally take a…

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The first week of the New Year is often a time to take a breath and relax. Autumn was full of excitement with fall festivals, trips to the orchard and pumpkin-spice everything. We were still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers when Advent ushered in the magic and joy of Christmas, with events nearly every day in December. And we probably stayed up too late on New…

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September 11th Adult Sunday School Lesson Featured Image

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is an important and somber observance for Americans and others. It can be an emotional and tough topic to cover, so we at Homiletics Online are glad to be able to work with the editorial team at The Wired Word and share with you this special 9/11 Patriot Day edition…

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HomeTouch - Elderly woman looking out the window.

We first published this blog during the summer of 2020 as we saw communities struggling to deal with the isolation and boredom of a lengthy quarantine. If you are a card-carrying member of the “sandwich generation,” boredom is the least of your worries. The S-Geners are people who have caregiving responsibilities for their parents and…

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The Simple Joy of Mai;

Have you ever noticed the face of someone when they receive an unexpected piece of mail?   For many of our elderly or shut-in members, checking the mail is part of the simple routine of the day. Most of the time, this results in sorting through all the advertisements and requests for money, which is then…

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Blog Article about Church Stewardship

It’s not always easy or pleasant to talk about money. As a church, we often want to put our trust in God that He will provide in such a time of need … but the reality is, the church needs money to continue to operate.  We surveyed subscribers about how Covid-19 is affecting their budgets and…

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Free Resources from Our Sister Publications

May 7, 2020 The past few months have been challenging for church communities and those who minister to them. As a Homiletics subscriber, you’ve received e-mails offering free resources from several of Homiletics’ sister publications. Below is a summary of these free resources. You may download them for unrestricted, re-distributable use to help you through…

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Download Free Resources for Homebound Members

Our homebound members have been our minds through this trying time, including those who live alone or are unable to leave their homes due to the ever-increasing shelter at home orders. As a way to try and stay connected, we are providing 4 days worth of devotions and activities from our sister publication HomeTouch Ministry…

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To Eat or Not to Eat? | On the Necessity of Communion in Diaspora

By the Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor It was a Wednesday night in January, 1991, when we got the news. I was a student at Wesley Seminary, and the first U.S. bombs had just fallen on Baghdad. We immediately started planning a worship service at 9:00 that night. What to pray? What words could bring us…

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