The Nine Lives of Confirmation

The Nine Lives of Confirmation

On October 27 we will celebrate Reformation Sunday in part by holding our annual Rite of Confirmation for High School Juniors. This is one of the banner days in our church year, and a milestone for young people and their families! As we finalize the list of...
Some Thoughts From the Space Between Seasons

Some Thoughts From the Space Between Seasons

Thank you, Bethesda, for supporting another summer of camps and trips for all ages. This was my twentieth year taking kids on summer trips! At the ripe age of eighteen, I brought a few freshmen guys to a Young Life houseboat camp on Lake Shasta. The group included...
City Mission Trips

City Mission Trips

This summer both middle and high school students have the opportunity to serve in urban missions – Seattle for middle schoolers and Los Angeles for high schoolers. We will again be working with Center for Student Missions in Los Angeles. (I missed our last L.A....
Christmas in April: The Happy Exchange

Christmas in April: The Happy Exchange

I wonder how Christmas instead of Easter became the season for a gift exchange. I suspect it has something to do with the timing of Christmas with year-end sales figures in a commercial society. That’s only a theory and you can ask my dear wife about some of the...
The Year of the Lamb

The Year of the Lamb

“Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.” ~Revelation 12:3 The Chinese Year of the Dragon will not recur until 2024, but Christian faith finds itself constantly in the year of...