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What did you miss if you weren't at 229 last night? Conie introduced us to three new songs, each as gorgeous as the last. Here is a snip of what we sang before an incredible discussion of this week's parable:

We have stories
Yes we do
We have stories
Yes we do
We have stories old as the sea
Old as the sea

Thank you Conie Borchardt!
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In our story this week, a man is berated for not taking risks with the money he had been given, and for losing out on the opportunity to make more with what he had. Why didn't he take risks? The same reason we all decline to risk at times: because he was afraid. There is little compassion for this man, in the story. Simplicity and gratitude are also missing in action. We're not sure we like this story very much. And yet... there is some truth in it. Life is meant to be lived. Seize the day. Trust. Do not fear. We know these truths live along side simplicity and gratitude. But how? Consider the following poem:

Whoever you meet probably has treasure hidden within,
riches from God they have buried in fear.
Those of whom you disapprove—
you notice their annoying, self-serving behavior
but do you notice the treasure?
Do you notice the fear?
Fear of what is demanded,
fear of being inadequate,
of being judged,
of being used?
Everyone you meet is a nervous treasure chest searching for their own key.
What can you do to treasure the treasure,
to steady their hand?

Sunday night. 5 PM. Let's talk. (And eat. And sing!)
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Dinner Church: November 19th!

November 19, 2017, 5:00pm - November 19, 2017, 6:30pm

In our story this week, a man is berated for not taking risks with the money he had been given, and for losing out on the opportunity to make more with what he had. Why didn't he take risks? The same reason we all decline to risk at times: because he was afraid. There is little compassion for this man, in the story. Simplicity and gratitude are also missing in action. We're not sure we like this story very much. And yet... there is some truth in it. Life is meant to be lived. Seize the day. Trust. Do not fear. We know these truths live along side simplicity and gratitude. But how? Consider the following poem: Whoever you meet probably has treasure hidden within, riches from God they have buried in fear. Those of whom you disapprove— you notice their annoying, self-serving behavior but do you notice the treasure? Do you notice the fear? Fear of what is demanded, fear of being inadequate, of being judged, of being used? Everyone you meet is a nervous treasure chest searching for their own key. What can you do to treasure the treasure, to steady their hand? Sunday night. 5 PM. Let's talk. (And eat. And sing!)

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Guess who played The Bridegroom in our acting out of the story tonight? 😎 ...

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229ers at WE Day Minnesota earlier this week! What an experience - be sure to ask them about it on Sunday. ...

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Altar of the Saints ...

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