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Dear Graduates,

Dear Graduates, It is so refreshing to see your newly decorated caps and gowns, photos on the quad and smiling announcements on social media. Whether from high school, college or graduate school, graduation often symbolizes new beginnings and bright futures. However, I also remember a fair share of anxiety around these milestone moments. As we prepare to honor our graduating seniors at Floris United Methodist Church Sunday, June 4, I want to take a minute to address some of the stress and anxiety that so many experience. Our culture tends ... Read More »

I’m the Lucky One

This week is high school graduation week. As a volunteer leader for a small group of 12th grade girls, this is a big week for the students with whom I have formed friendships over the past six years. I’ve attended countless graduation parties and end of the year celebrations. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect. I wanted to share my reflections with you. I first met them when they were 11 years old. They were in seventh grade and not really sure how to interact with adults. Most of ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Something to Say ~ Wendy LeBolt

They say that public speaking is the #1 fear experienced by adults in this country.  Apparently, no one told this to the teens who shared their stories, their faith and themselves with us this Sunday. I only got to hear Mary Francis and Hannah but I know Kevin and Emily were powerful, too. There is just nothing like a young person to tell it like it is and then wade in after it. Usually while we adults are watching from the shore. Mary Francis, I loved your description of merging ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Just Breathe ~ by Wendy LeBolt

On Thursday we celebrated our daughter Jodi’s graduation from Washington and Lee University. We are very proud of her and what she has accomplished.  It is that time of year. Lots of transitions. Lots of celebrations. But I clapped with particular joy when Jodi’s classmate Natalie walked across the stage to receive her diploma.  “Natalie’s comeback” was one of the things noted as memorable in the President’s remarks. Eighteen months ago I received a text message from my daughter telling me that her friend and housemate Natalie had been in ... Read More »

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