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July 17, 2017

“Mom, come outside! There’s an ostrich running down County Road G!” My thought was that my daughter, Sarah, had a screw loose in her head, but she was adamant that I should come outside of the parsonage and look. Sure enough, she was right! Only it wasn’t an ostrich, i...

June 26, 2017

“And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winge...

June 19, 2017

I have really loved getting into bird watching and feeding in the 14 years I’ve been at North Valley. I am so thankful for all the information taught to me about songbirds by my husband, Lee, whose family always fed birds in their backyard in the great metropolis of Ny...

June 12, 2017

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

(by Cecil Alexander)

I love this hymn written by Mrs. Alexander, and I know that God made all creatures, but I have to question God’s wisdom in making...

June 5, 2017

Hi Y'all (going back to my southern Indiana roots),

Want a break from the world, with its violence, mudslinging and ugliness? Then enter into this blog. I need a summer respite from the woes of this world and thought that in this season we could concentrate on God's gre...

June 1, 2017

This year I spoke at Luck High School (WI) for Memorial Day. It was very well done. The veterans walked in, the Boy Scouts posted the colors, and the ceremony began. The high school band played a number of patriotic songs, which were very stirring. I scanned the band,...

May 23, 2017

This past Saturday I helped register people for the Suicide Awareness Walk for Polk County, WI. Pictured above are some of the walkers and Tristan Divine, who spearheaded the first walk in memory of her son, Jordan (and member at North Valley).

Info on suicide preventio...

May 18, 2017

How many times in our everyday life do we miss seeing the face of Jesus in others? If you stare at the 3 black dots in the above picture for about 30 seconds and then close your eyes, you will see an image of Jesus. Sometimes it is hard to recognize his face! Matthew 2...

May 8, 2017

Pictured here is our "Tree of Life, a tea light candelabra. At the beginning of worship, we share our joys and concerns, light the tea lights, and then pray. It is amazing to me the things that people have on their hearts when they come to worship, and what a blessing...

May 1, 2017

On Sun, April 30, we celebrated our prayer shawl ministry, coordinated by Mary Krull, who reminded us that the ministry is 10 years old. Some of the prayer shawl knitters and crocheters are pictured here.

So many people have been touched by receiving a prayer shawl in o...

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