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Off the Wall - Thoughts from Pastor Alan Dorway

January 2015

As I write these thoughts on the New Year, I will confess my mind is on Christmas Eve. I do love our Christmas Eve services here and hope you take time to be at worship with us at 7 or 11pm. I pray that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...

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December 2014

I have found an unexpected comfort recently in prayers at memorials. I use variations from the Common Book of Prayer to guideI have found an unexpected comfort recently in prayers at memorials. I use variations from the Common Book of Prayer to guide the prayers I write and one of the lines that has jumped out to me is: “support us all our days until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the pace of this life is over. Then, in your mercy, grant us a holy rest and peace in the presence of Jesus”...

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November 2014

Facebook seems to be notorious for promoting challenges or having quizzes. Most are silly. Like, which Star Wars character are you? Or what decade should you have been born in? There are also challenges that have good intent, like the ice bucket challenge, as well as others that just make you laugh, like the cinnamon challenge...

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October 2014

I’ve already had my first pumpkin spice latte and it was delicious. It tastes like autumn to me and even though we’ve had a great summer, fall is here. Football is on, baseball is winding down, our children are in school, and it’s getting dark earlier. I know fall is a busy season. I felt it as we moved from August to September and did not have our advent season planned...

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September 2014

As September comes, we all begin to think about a fall semester. I think one of the more defining moments of the fall is the roll out of pumpkin spice lattes. Did you think I was going to say the start of school? Maybe college football? Changing of the leaves? Sure, all of those are part of our fall semester...

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August 2014

When I was in Mani, Yucatan with our Yucatan Helping Hands mission team, I preached Friday at the Vacation Bible School Celebration Fiesta. Now, I know a little Spanish, but not enough to develop anything close to a sermon, so I preached a line and our interpreter Pedro, translated what I said. It may have been my longest sermon ever and I’m not sure if some of the jokes, or what I think of as humor, translated as easy from one language to another...

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July 2014

Brothers and Sisters of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett; I am almost back from my vacation and time as a commissioner to our 221st General Assembly in Detroit. One of my reasons for accepting the honor of being a delegate was that I was there and can report back my impressions and takes on our denominational decisions...

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June 2014

On the Youth Snow Retreat in February, I listened during lunch as some of our youth shared thoughts on books that they were reading. It was a fascinating conversation. Our youth are well read and seem to pound through books, especially ones they like. They are also adept at critically thinking about plot points, characters, and engage in why parts of a book are better than a movie version...

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May 2014

What a blessed Lenten season, great Holy Week, and wonderful Easter! Thank you all for participating and sharing in life together. Personally, I had a very meaningful Lenten journey mainly because I did not watch TV. I kept up with my devotions and did not have television as a distraction...

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April 2014

Quick update on Lent…wow, not watching TV has been hard! I have maintained this discipline and I thank you for your prayers. I also pray that your spiritual practices this Lenten season have born fruit of the Spirit. As I write this article, it’s March Madness time and I really, really, really want to go home and watch the hours of basketball games...

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March 2014

In January we began a discernment process. We began a journey of putting aside our thoughts and dreams and being active listeners for the Holy Spirit. We had some of our friends from Renewal Ministries Northwest begin guiding us and then they continued to work with our session...

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February 2014

Have you ever had one of those moments when you raised your hand and immediately you were not sure you should have? At our presbytery executive board retreat, I agreed to be one of the two teaching elders to attend General Assembly. This is an honor and I’m not having second thoughts, but this has put a cramp on my baseball-watching schedule...

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January 2014

Can you believe it, four years! That’s right, as of January 17th; I will have been here four years. A lot has gone on in four years (just read my thoughts from the 2013 annual report)! On some level, time has flown by with ministry and mission collaboration happening day by day...

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December 2013

Yes, it’s official, depending on how you see it, I either caved to my family’s wishes or I woke up and came to my senses. For those who do not know, I was trying to hold out and not travel on Christmas to see my family. It’s not that I don’t love my family; I like my sanity more...

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November 2013

I wrote an article for our November Carillon and then due to some technical difficulties, I’m able to change my thoughts. Part of this new strain of thinking has come from my recent trip to Tijuana building homes through an organization called DOXA...

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October 2013

I can feel it in the evening air; summer sadly is coming to a close. Trust me, I pray for continued warm weather and have enjoyed the many days of sun and warmth we’ve been blessed with this summer. I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful summer and good beginning to the fall semester....

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September 2013

As we wrap up the summer, I want to say congratulations to everyone for taking the time to memorize scripture. You all did an amazing job! I too was challenged with memorizing and while I add the Boy Scout Law to the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians, I was reminded of the power of remembering...

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August 2013

At the end of my first summer working at Calvin Crest, the staff put on a culmination fundraiser event. As part of the staff, we practiced as a choir and worked on group pieces and some solo pieces to showcase the ministry of camp. On the day of the staff concert...

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July 2013

During the summer of 1993, I played a lot of basketball in my free time. I was working at Calvin Crest and if I had an afternoon off from cleaning or dish duty, I played basketball. I played pick up games with junior and senior high students, family campers, and fellow staff members...

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June 2013

Twenty years ago, I graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. I knew that this June was the anniversary of that moment in my life, but as my life has been changing; I have had the opportunity to go through a lot of items that I’ve saved over my life....

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May 2013

I’ve grown up in the church. I was baptized when I was five years old and I have fond memories of Sunday School, my teachers, and the overall atmosphere of care and love I found in church. I was confirmed, sang in the choir, played handbells, and had amazing youth group formational friendships and faith development steps in my life...

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