InSPIREd Sunday

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Central Christian Church in Elkhart, Indiana

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Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart, Indiana.

heritage-tour-105We saw these two churches and a few more on our Heritage Trail Driving tour while in Indiana the end of September. I’ll add a couple more here that were quick drive-by shots.

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First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, Indiana. Goshen is the county seat for Elkhart County and the following photo is the courthouse.

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Linking up with Beth and Sally for InSPIREd Sunday.

Saint John of the Cross Episcopal Church Indiana

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While we were in Shipshewana Indiana we took a drive on The Heritage Trail to many small towns circling back to Shipshe. We stopped at this church in Bristol to take photos and found out it was a historic landmark.

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heritage-tour-118 Linking up to InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally.

We are having a slow Saturday here at this old house. Patio covers are removed and…

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…we are just watching the leaves fall. How’s your weekend progressing?

A Church in a Barn…

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When were were driving the Heritage Trail on a Sunday in Indiana it didn’t take us long to figure out that there was a church gathering happening in a room in this barn.

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All the horses were unhitched from their buggies.

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At one point a fussy little one had to be taken out to the buggy for something to soothe the tears.

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I’m linking up to…

InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally and

The Barn Collective with Tom The Backroads Traveller.

We are in the country again this weekend in Northeastern Washington State. The guys are working on finishing up a staircase project while us girls are walking and enjoying other things. The big storm that was suppose to hit the Western part of our state fizzled out. That’s okay by us. Hope your weekend is filled with peace.

La Grange, Indiana

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I tried to get some information on this mural on line and couldn’t really find anything. There were some references to Corn School.

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La Grange Methodist Church?

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1st Presbyterian Church in La Grange, Indiana.

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On our way to Shipshewana, Indiana from the Detroit airport we stopped in La Grange on Highway 20 a few miles from “Shipshe” for dinner and saw these churches and mural while scoping out our dinner options. It didn’t take long to decide on one of the two spots that were open. The barn was spotted on the road before we reached La Grange.

Linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveler for The Barn Collective,

InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally,

and Monday Mural at Oakland Daily Photo

Combining these three memes since all these photos are from La Grange, Indiana.

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Steeples and bell towers from the road in Spokane, Puyallup and a message in Colville Washington.p1060668

Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallap Washington.

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I think this is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane taken from Providence Sacred Heart Hospital. I plan to take an up close and personal view of this cathedral in the future.

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For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

I saw this verse on the side of a building in Colville, Washington.

We are having a nice visit with my cousin and friend from college who married my cousin. The weather has changed here with wind and rain and lots of leaves falling.

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We took a selfie. We are eating well with an egg scramble for breakfast, cucumber salsa, and pulled pork sandwiches with beans and coleslaw for dinner and a shrimp cocktail chaser that my cousin Jim served up. Oh and there’s a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for dessert.

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Tomorrow Jim and Jeanie head to Canada and a ferry ride to Vancouver Island. We are inspiring them by watching the survival show “Alone” that was filmed on Vancouver Island. Have you watched that show?

Linking up with InSPIREd Sunday hosted by Sally and Beth! Thank you!

InSPIREd Sunday- Colville

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I copied the description of this church from their webpage.

We are a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church located in Colville, WA.  We are a Reformed church.  Our prayer is to reach out to this world with the good news of the gospel.  We proclaim God’s free grace in Christ, we worship our Lord in Spirit and in truth, and we seek to grow in unity and maturity in the Lord.

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church…is a worshiping body of believers, united to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and nourished by means of the public ordinances of Christ’s Church. We are a local congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a conservative, Reformed, and Presbyterian denomination.

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The Word “Orthodox”…

…in our name means: “committed to correct teaching and doctrine.” We are unswervingly committed to the whole Word of God as the divinely inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word from God — the only rule of faith and godliness.

I took these photos in August while visiting our son and daughter in law.

To see more of InSPIREd Sunday posts from around the world go to the link up hosted by Beth and Sally.

We are having a beautiful weekend here in the Seattle area. We celebrated Dear’s birthday yesterday and tomorrow we are looking forward to a start of a new series at church called God and Politics. Should be interesting and of course it’s timely. Hope you are having a peaceful weekend.

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I’ve posted this church before but on this day the light and the clouds and all made for a lovely view of it. I took this on our recent trip to our son’s home in August.

This is St. Mary of the Rosary in Chewelah Washington. Chewelah is a one signal town in Northeastern Washington on Highway 395.

I’m linking up with Beth and Sally at InSPIREd Sunday.

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St. George’s Anglican Church in Fort Langley, B.C.

History of the church can be read by clicking on this link.

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Dear and I spent a few hours in Fort Langley British Columbia on July 19th. We spotted this church and walked over to get a closer look.

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There was a prayer meeting going on so I didn’t take photos inside the sanctuary. I did zoom in to get a glimpse of the stained glass window. “In 1908, St. George’s was consecrated and in 1912 the Good Shepherd window above the altar was installed.”

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My Refuge and My Fortress Psalm 91: 1-4 (ESV)

 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
 He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

I’m linking up to InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally.

Views from Fort Langley, B.C.

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An iconic sight in Fort Langley is the Church of the Holy Redeemer situated across the Bedford Channel (Fraser River) on McMillan Island.  Most visitors to Fort Langley have seen the picturesque white church sitting eloquently alone across the river on the land of the Kwantlen First Nations.

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Looking upstream on the Fraser River.

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Holy Redeemer Church was built between 1897 and 1902 by the Kwantlen First Nations under the supervision of the Oblate Fathers from St. Mary’s Mission in Mission, the historic church continues to provide occasional services and is the location of many small marriage ceremonies.

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Linking up to InSPIREd Sunday hosted by Sally and Beth. Next week I hope to share another church we visited while walking about Fort Langley.

We had a busy week and we are working around this old house this weekend. We cleaned and organized the attic after Dear put more plywood flooring to extend the usable space. We are happy with our progress in the attic. We harvested our pears because the crows were hanging out in the tree and pecking away at them. I’m watching some events from the Olympics in between chores. How’s your weekend going?

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On Monday Dear and I drove to Chilliwack, British Columbia for dinner with the Mennonite Girls. On the way at exit #215 off Interstate 5 in Snohomish County we pulled off the highway to change drivers. We were so happy that this was the exit we took because we found some treasures to enjoy.

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We saw this church in the distance and then noticed the sign below.

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4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most well-known Protestant theologians of the twentieth century, an active anti-fascist, a man who had an extraordinary personal courage, who was executed in a German concentration camp a few weeks before the German surrender. He is a symbol of Lutheran martyrdom in the twentieth century. His statue, placed on the western facade of Westminster Abbey in London among the ten Christian martyrs of that time. Several parish churches are named in his honour. Also a postage stamp released in his memory in Germany.
The Bonhoeffer’s theological views had a great influence on the further development of the Christian theology.

A couple years ago I read a biography of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas that was a very good book and I highly recommend it. It’s available on Amazon…

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.

We made it to a small parking lot to change drivers and while I was out of the car I took these photos.

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These plantings on top of these kiosks are to attract butterflies.

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There were several senior citizens with easels set up busy painting.

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We drove around to the front of the church to see the name, Freeborn Lutheran Church & Cemetery.

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I plan to go back next March to see the 400,000 daffodils in bloom around the church.

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Pilchuk living history farm is part of the property here, too. We didn’t have time to explore since we were only changing drivers and continuing to our destination.

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I’m linking up to InSPIREd Sunday with Beth and Sally.

We are having a very lazy day at this old house. We had a short shopping excursion and that’s about it. It took a while but the sun is out from behind the clouds. They are predicting some hot temps here during the next week. How are things in your neck of the woods.