• It seems nearly impossible to fathom that someone as brilliant and funny as Robin Williams could be so tortured emotionally that he takes himself out of the human race. Yet, last week, one by one, each of us across the whole globe, fixed our attention on the sad news of this beloved actor’s suicide. Sometimes, a blip of news in the vast sea of information we are bombarded with daily, seems to slap us so hard in the face that we can almost hear the collective groan rippling through space and time. Then we all try our best to reckon with reality. And what a devastating reality Robin Williams’ death reveals - that someone who, by his very nature, brought

    Aug 26,
  • For the past five years, my family has used Shutterfly* to print and send out our Christmas Cards. Not only does Shutterfly take little time to turn a wonderful photo into a Christmas card, the feature-rich site doesn't end there. Check out these time-saving options for your cards: Set your own personal card message or pick from a number of well-crafted phrases Use the inside front cover for your Christmas letter (we've written over four paragraphs before)

    Nov 30,
  • This is part 3 of a 7-part series on Advent by Toni and Brian Becker. [Play Christmas worship music before gathering to set a special tone. You can even play the four songs you are going to sing during the service to familiarize everyone to the songs.] Opening Prayer Lord God, Creator of all of heaven and earth, we gather in Your holy Presence during this sacred season to remember and celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, Jesus. Open our hearts to hear Your voice of love and truth so that this time spent in Your presence will make us better examples of Your love in this world. Forgive us of every sin so we can worship you with

    Nov 27,
  • The offices of semo.net will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, November 28th.

    Nov 26,
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  • This is part 2 of a 7-part series on Advent by Toni and Brian Becker. An Advent wreath can be as simple or as elegant as you desire. Traditionally there are four candles for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas plus a candle for Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day). If you want to purchase one, you can choose between modern or traditional. Here are a few places to get you started on your search:

    Nov 21,
  • This is part 1 of a 7-part series on Advent by Toni and Brian Becker. One very special way our family celebrates the Christmas season is to have “Advent time” together in our home. Advent is a season where believers in Jesus Christ remember His arrival on earth as a baby in Bethlehem and ready our hearts for His return to earth as the Lord of all. Some of our favorite family memories were born during these sacred, and dare I say, silly moments huddled around our fireplace, reading from the Bible by candle light.

    Nov 21,

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