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A Call to True Life: Room for God

Posted by David Doppenberg on

I continue to be drawn to what Henri Nouwen says in his book, Making All Things New. Jesus . . . does not try to pull us away from, or say what we do is unimportant, or suggest that we withdraw from the struggles of the world. . . . Jesus . . . asks us to relocate the center of our attentions...

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A Call to True Life: Daily Bread

Posted by David Doppenberg on

Richard Foster in his book, Celebration of Discipline, begins with these words: “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but...

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A Call to True Life: Whose Am I?

Posted by David Doppenberg on

You see in the circle to the right the word “calling,” which can also be described as identity. Perhaps “the” question of life is the question of identity—“Who am I?” I googled this question and found vastly different points of view on what creates a...

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Lent: A Call to True Life

Posted by David Doppenberg on

As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are called to resist the sin that separates us from the love of God and neighbor. The disciplines of Lent—repentance, fasting, prayer, reading of scripture and works of love—help us turn to and live in the harmony that God desires for all creation...

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Tags: forgiveness, lent, life, love, relationship

Pastor’s Letter: Of doughnuts, Humor and Holy Spirit

Posted by David Doppenberg on

Dear friends in Christ, First of all, thank you for the warm welcome as I join you as intentional Interim Pastor — a welcome that started even before I arrived, with Bryce, Brooke, John, and the committee on Staff Parish Relations. I am delighted to be working with so many quality leaders...

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Common Hope: Update from Guatemala

Posted by Office Staff on

Every day in Guatemala was full of activity for WBLUMC members Beth and Sarah Smith, from building a house for a local family, visiting sponsored children, going on social work visits, playing with children in the daycare, assisting in the pharmacy or clinic and observing in a local school. Beth...

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The Story of a Smaller Bread Oven

Posted by Bread Oven Team on

Over the past six years, since the development of our Bread Oven Ministry, we have learned many things about planning and executing events using our beautiful oven. One of those things is that it takes the same amount of wood and time to heat up the big oven for a small bread baking or pizza...

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Welcome David Doppenberg

Posted by Office Staff on

Starting July 25 David Doppenberg will begin as the Intentional Interim Pastor. David is a Lutheran Pastor. He has served as Senior Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids for 9 years and Lead Pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Annandale, Minnesota, for 12 years. Most recently he has...

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UMW's 150-Year Legacy

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On May 2, Becky Coleman came to speak with the WBLUMC UMW about the upcoming 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women in 2019. Becky helped us discover the roots of UMW and reviewed its long history of mission to women, children, and youth around the world. A key part of the 150th...

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In 1996: Memories from Pastor Bryce Johnson

Posted by Bryce Johnson on

In 1996: The Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta. Bill Clinton was elected to his second term as president. "You betcha," the Cohen brothers' film "Fargo" was released. On February 2, 1996, Tower, Minnesota experienced an all-time low of -61. On July 1, 1996, I began ministry at White Bear...

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