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Mary Ann Cieslak
March 5, 2018

A Disciple’s Path

I am a Christian.  Lots of people would make that claim, but what does that mean?  Is it just a statement of fact?  Is it wishful thinking? It makes me think of other claims: I am a healthy eater, I am active, I take care of my body.  An example I used to use in […]

November 27, 2017

Getting Ready

Well, Thanksgiving is over and now it is time to get ready for Christmas!  The shopping, the baking, the decorating, the cleaning, we’ll need the energy of the Energizer Bunny just to make it through. It seems as if we spend all our lives looking into the future, getting ready for the next big thing.  […]

November 20, 2017

Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year again.  As Thanksgiving approaches, we make plans to gather together with family and friends and enjoy a feast.  As we gather for the meal, we will stop and give thanks for all that we have.  We thank God for the food, for the people in our lives, for the many […]

November 13, 2017


Yesterday we had the privilege of welcoming two of our young people into full adult membership in Lewis Chapel, through the service of Confirmation.  This is a joyous event on many levels.  It is exciting to see these young people grow from the little children we knew into the beautiful adults they are becoming.  It […]

October 31, 2017

Putting on a Mask

Today is Halloween. What used to be a holiday almost exclusively for children has now become a favorite among adults. There is something strangely enticing about the idea of becoming something we are not, dressing up, putting on a mask. Dressing up for Halloween is all in fun, but too often we find ourselves putting […]

October 23, 2017

Changing Seasons

It’s that time again, time to put away the summer things and take out the winter clothes.  There is something comforting about fall, sweaters and pumpkin spice, falling leaves and wood smoke in the air. Comforting, but with a tinge of sadness.  The natural world is turning inward to guard against the ravages of winter. […]

October 16, 2017


It seems that every time we turn around, someone is telling us about relationships. How to start a relationship, how to maintain a relationship, how important relationships are to our lives. Beyond just the latest trend, it turns out that relationships truly are central to what our Faith is all about. From the very moment […]

January 17, 2017

A New Year

It’s that time again! A new year.  It’s the time we frequently look forward, maybe dream a little about what we hope for.  What does this mean for us as Christians?  How does our faith inform our hopes and dreams?  It would be easy to fall into the cultural trap that tells us that what […]