Natasha’s Study: What I’m Reading Right Now

Found in Him book coverFound in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ

Author: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick @ElyseFitz

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Why I picked up this book: This book was actually a gift from one of my associate pastors. I was excited to receive it because I’ve also been desiring to read more theological works written by women. I’m reading it on my Sabbath days and look forward to sharing it with the women from my mentoring ministry leadership team.

From the back cover: In Found in Him, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ, offering us a sure path to ultimate acceptance and true belonging through the power of the gospel.

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Mentoring Mondays: #Mentoring Children


It’s “Back to School” time! Here are two character traits to consider for the months of August/September:


 “Honor your mother and father so that you days may be long in the land the Lord God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31



 “I desire to do your will, oh my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools, fulfill your vow. IT is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.”  Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

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Race Matters: Last Week & #Ferguson

My soul has been weary reading, watching, praying, and going from one emotional extreme to the other as I have watched the events transpire in #Ferguson over the past few days.

The facts that we know concerning this incident: For those who are not aware, on Saturday, August 9 a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old in Ferguson, Missouri, and the victim’s body was left lying in the streets for at least four hours. This African American young man, Michael Brown, was initially confronted for jaywalking. An autopsy report has confirmed that Michael was shot at least six times, including four times in his arm and a fatal shot to his head. The Ferguson Police Department has placed Officer Darren Wilson on paid administrative leave, have made no charges, and has not released an incident report concerning this fatal shooting.

Chart by Scott Bateman, featured on

Chart by Scott Bateman, featured on


What has happened since the incident: In spite of some reports, most of the citizens of Ferguson have shown up for days to exercise their right for freedom of assembly and they have been peaceful. Those protests have been met with infringement on those rights as police have used tear gear and rubber bullets against men, women, and children. Some of these scare tactics and imposed curfews have been received as oppressive by citizens who are angry at the injustice and want their voices heard. Some of them have retaliated, which unfortunately has caused some peaceful people to also suffer. #Ferguson has caused an uprising all across the country and the world!

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