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The Great Wind Blows

May 22, 2022 Acts 16:6-15 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   As part of my sabbatical this summer, I am deaning Team Lego at Silver Lake Camp, our UCC camp, and one of the games we are sure to play is the Great Wind Blows. It’s a fun icebreaker game. It’s a fun anytime game where you...
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Holy Spirit Stories

May 15, 2022 Acts 11:1-18 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   A week ago Saturday, my husband, Stuart, and I ran into his former co-workers in the Costco parking lot. It was a joyous reunion because these are people Stu really liked working with and hasn’t seen in eight years. After...
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Deep Connections

May 8, 2022 Acts 9:36-43 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Her name was Tabitha, and her name was Dorcas. It simply depended on which community she was with at the time. When she was out and about in the Greco-Roman world that was a part of the city of Jobba, she answered to Dorcas....
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Breathe Deeply

May 1, 2022 Acts 9:1-9, 17-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Right before Christmas, I had one of those lulls in energy that are simply a part of being human. I was preparing for Advent Craft Workshop, two worship services in the Sanctuary and another recorded online for...
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Holy Humor 2022

April 24, 2022 John 20:19-31 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Of all the traditions we have in this 275 year old church, one of my favorite is Holy Humor Sunday. I had never heard of it before one of our members gave me these books. The tradition of Holy Humor is based on early...
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Running in the Dark (Easter)

April 17, 2022 Easter John 20:1-18 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Imagine yourself hiking in the woods -at night. On the surface, it doesn’t sound like a smart idea. Think of all of the things that could go wrong. You could trip over a branch on the path. There might be animals...
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Palm Sunday Gifts

April 10, 2022 Matthew 21:1-11 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   He was so excited. Going into Jerusalem with his family for Passover each year was always exciting. All around him were family and friends and neighbors. It already felt like a festival with all of these people. And...
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Visioning the Future

April 3, 2022 Isaiah 43:1-4a, 18-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Once upon a time, there were three churches – all who had been rooted in their communities for more than a century, all with historic, landmark buildings, all seeing less people attending as the community and...
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Honoring the Present

March 27, 2022 Ephesians 2:19-22 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Lawn chairs lined up down the sidewalk and into the parking lot for Century Nursery School registration; folding chairs set up in the Sanctuary aisles for Christmas Eve worship; and chairs upon chairs upon chairs set...
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Confessing Our Past

March 20, 2022 1 John 1:5-10 James 5:16 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   We are sinners. Knowingly and unknowingly, as individuals and groups, we do things that are wrong. We even do wrong as the church, because even as we are trying to faithfully follow Jesus Christ, we are also...
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