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The Children of Norway

The Children of Norway

The Children of Norway by Debby Schreiner Norway loves their children. At our concert last night it was…well…not quiet. We observed a very different perspective on managing the “energy” of the little ones. When the first group began, everyone quieted down…except the children. They could be heard all around the arena, all evening.  Several kids with […]

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The Christ Church Choir in Norway

The Christ Church Choir in Norway

8/27-8/29 Written by Phil Nitz I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Haugesund, Norway, completely drained of energy in the best way possible. I’m still working through jet-lag, so forgive me if my grammar is less-than-perfect or if my thoughts are a bit scattered. So far, this trip has been a blast! On Thursday […]

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Christ Church Adopts Granbery

Christ Church Adopts Granbery

We could not be more excited about the opportunity to adopt Granbery Elementary School this year! There are unlimited ways we can express our support of the students, faculty, staff, and parents, and our goal is for every Christ Church member to volunteer at some point throughout this school year. Whether you have two days […]

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Christ Church Choir singing in Japanese in Japan

Christ Church Choir singing in Japanese in Japan

As our Missions Emphasis Month draws to a close, we are celebrating what God has already done through our relationship with Japan and all that is in store. This is a video Joshua MacLeod recorded of our choir missions team singing a Japanese gospel song at a music festival in Kyoto, Japan in September 2013. […]

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Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Japan Reflections: To the Mothers of the Church

Recently, I spent ten days in Kyoto, Japan. In fact, I am writing this the morning after my return. My mind is filled with images and impressions, fueled by that mild form of intoxication called jetlag. Japan is a state of mind as well as a nation, and a true encounter with its people and […]

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With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

With Deep Affection: Honoring Japanese Christiantiy

Yesterday, for several hours, I wondered the streets of old Kyoto. I couldn’t read the street signs, so I got lost. That turned out to be a blessing. For example, I discovered a Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1890 and pastored for many years by a future patriarch. I also happened upon an old Protestant […]

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Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Japan Reflections: Where Was Jesus In Ancient Japan?

Many Japanese rock gardens contain a pair of large rocks. One is placed upright and vertical. The other is placed prone and horizontal. (see the two rocks on the back right) Together the two rocks symbolize the sound “ah,” or “mouth open,” and “nn,” or “mouth closed.” This is the Japanese way of expressing the […]

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Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Japan Reflections: I Learn Only To Be Contented

Kyoto was Japan’s capital for over a thousand years. Home to hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist sites, it is still the nation’s spiritual and artistic heart. Ryoanji is one of Kyoto’s iconic Zen temples. We wanted to see it because it has the famous rock garden that inspired the landscape technique Americans often call the […]

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Japan Reflections: Let My Light Shine Before Men

Japan Reflections: Let My Light Shine Before Men

We left for the Nashville airport a little after four in the morning. Having arrived from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami the night before, it had been a quick turnaround with very little sleep. But we were excited – we were going to Japan!! Mine & Becky’s second trip – Shelton & Alyson’s first. We met Pastor Dan […]

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Costa Rica Mission Trip Update 2

Costa Rica Mission Trip Update 2

It was during one of our nightly meetings that I truly begin to see that the members of this Costa Rican missions team aren’t simply people who just love Christ but also are individuals who encompass such a richness and reality of who the Father is. I discovered this as I watched team members quick […]

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