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Summer with Valley Youth

Hello Everyone! You made it through another school year! Congratulations to everyone, especially our high school graduates, Anthony Graham, Grady Killian, and Ben DeVries! I know that this summer is weird and different for all of us, but we’re going to do our best to make it memorable. Due to our inability to meet in […]

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Black Lives Matter

All lives cannot matter, until Black Lives Matter. I will keep this blog post brief. It is my wish to use the small platform I have to amplify the voices of BIPOC, and I do not wish to add any noise to the discourse, save to affirm our black brothers and sisters. My views may […]

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Service Wednesday

Hello Everyone, This coming Wednesday is the fourth Wednesday of the month, which means its our monthly service night! We’re doing things a little bit differently this time around. We will not be holding a virtual Zoom meeting. Instead, I’m going to use this blog post to give you some ideas for service opportunities. This […]

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Jogging

“I think it’s pronounced ‘yogging,’ with a soft ‘j.’” I went for a run this morning. Rather, I went for a shuffle. It started as a run, then it slowly devolved into a shuffle-jog, then eventually to a walk. It was miserable. My lungs are still on fire and I’m still coughing as I write […]

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Productivity, Relaxation, Introspection

I’ve got writer’s block today. My brain does not want me to post to the blog, apparently. Ironically enough, the best way to combat writer’s block is to…write. Ernest Hemingway has some advice for writers in his semi-autobiographical novel A Moveable Feast. He writes “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write […]

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Keeping Busy

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week. The sun has been out, and the pollen has been destroying my sinuses. All-in-all, I can’t complain. I thought it would be good to start this brief blog entry off with some good news, so I’ll post a link to an uplifting article I read […]

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A Quick Thought on Gratitude

Happy Friday, Everyone! Thank you to everyone who came to our Zoom Youth Group meeting last Wednesday. It was refreshing to spend time with all of you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope you can swing by next Wednesday at 6pm! What are you grateful for? Personally, I’m grateful for the […]

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Times they are a’changin’

Well here we are. I don’t think any one of us could have predicted that three months into 2020 we’d be on social lockdown, binging television and movies, lounging around for 24+ hours in pajamas, or working/going to school from the comfort of our own couches. I don’t know about you, but for an extravert […]

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Summer BBQ

Hello Everyone! As you know, last Wednesday was our Summer BBQ. It was also my first time meeting many of you. I greatly enjoyed meeting all of you and taking the time to chat with you, whether it was about video games, coffee, writing, or whether or not sesame seeds are a valid ingredient in […]

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