Turn holiday gatherings into a family-history research project

A Look Back Turn holiday gatherings into a family-history research project. By Avery Coffman  The Thanksgiving season represents the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking of taking a deep dive into their family history. All those grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins gathering to feast on turkey possess a treasure trove of genealogical information and family stories. “Interviewing family mem ...

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A Season of Thanksgiving

A Season of Thanksgiving  Give thanks, no matter the circumstances, says local pastor David Bowen. By David Bowen The other day I was in Costco and I saw that they had them. They have been there since September, but now they look so perfect. You know what I am taking about, right? Pumpkin pie of course! This past summer my family and I had a vacation back east visiting family who live in New Hampshire. We s ...

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Celebrate National Work and Family month by getting focused on what matters most

Family First  Celebrate National Work and Family month by getting focused on what matters most. By Pastor David Bowen Did you know that the month of October is National Work and Family Month? In 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 210 was established and was affirmed by both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. It appears both houses of the United States Congress recognize the challenges working famil ...

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Create summer memories to last a lifetime by stepping outside you comfort zone

Something to Remember Create summer memories to last a lifetime by stepping outside you comfort zone. By David Bowen A teacher recently shared with me the three reasons why she got into teaching: June, July, and August. I guess it’s not just the kids who look forward to the end of the school year. When you think of summer what do you think of? Trading the classroom for the beach? Maybe you think of the lazy ...

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Local pastor David Bowen talks about the responsibilities of fatherhood

Ordinary or Extraordinary  Local pastor David Bowen talks about the responsibilities of fatherhood. Remember as a kid when it came time to pick teams? The two captains started choosing players, one at a time. When were you chosen? Were you one of the first to be picked or were you one of the last to be picked? It always feels good to be chosen; it’s an affirmation that someone thinks you are important. By c ...

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Pastor David Bowen discusses the importance of making children feel safe and secure

The Needs of a Child  Pastor David Bowen discusses the importance of making children feel safe and secure.   What is a child’s greatest need? I’m sure a general question like that will produce many different responses; however, there are some very simple needs that sometimes go unrecognized. Obviously every child needs the basics of life: food, shelter, and clothing. But to grow into the kind of person ...

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The latest trends in home decorating take cues from the 1960s

Color Me Retro The latest trends in home decorating take cues from the 1960s.     By Shelley Sakala Prepare yourselves, time travel is here. And our first stop is 1960s America. It was the era of chain smoking, the moon landing, and the three-martini lunch. Dad had his pipe and slippers, while mom was a real, live Suzy Homemaker. But, as the years progressed, martinis were replaced by green tea (a ...

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Pastor David Bowen takes on a romantic topic

What is Romance?  Pastor David Bowen takes on a romantic topic.   Romance is expressing to another person that you're thinking about them. It’s very interesting to pose the question “What is romance?” to different age groups. The more senior in age, the more sentimental the response. The younger in age, the more physical the response. What is seen as romantic to one generation doesn’t necessarily trans ...

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Pastor David Bowen talks coming together as a nation

A Year of Hope Pastor David Bowen talks coming together as a nation. What will 2017 hold for you and me? I trust I can safely assume that all of us desire a year of hope. Without hope what do we have? Because a new president’s been elected, we will all face changes. What and how many changes will each of us face? Well, only time will tell. But, this is not an article about politics; it’s an article about a ...

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The little-known history behind popular Christmas carols proves fascinating

Music of the Season The little-known history behind popular Christmas carols proves fascinating. By David Bowen   Okay, I’ll admit, I enjoy Christmas. The other day I caught myself humming a Christmas carol and my daughter innocently asked me what song was I humming. I joyfully explained it was a Christmas carol called Do You Hear What I Hear? She looked at me as if to ask, “Do I know that one?” So I g ...

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