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Spiritual Awakenings

Spiritual Awakenings is essentially journaling via art – true, but really it’s about uncovering our stories and experiencing God’s healing presence as we create side by side in community.Our next Spiritual Awakenings Retreat is Thursday April 25: 6:30-9p/Friday and Saturday 10a – 4p. Cost is $85.Register soon by emailing us @ spiritualawakenings@ginghamsburg.org  
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A Tribute To My Mom

She noticed thingsā€¦ The sun on the day I was born My hazy eyes on days I was coming down with something A sad face when life had dealt me a blow One day I was home sick (not very) and accidentally swallowed a straight pin. Mom got really worried and tried to get me...
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ramping up to the road less traveled

“nothing happens but first a dream…” (Rumi) every time we name a new worship message series at ginghamsburg we must sketch out what it will look like, trying to imagine what it will FEEL like to walk into the worship area and experience the setting that we will associate with these weekend messages. this is...
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redesigning worship…again!

these last two weeks have been a blur – two full-day retreats with our worship design team partnering to dream news ways to keep it real in our eight worship celebrations each week. we’ve been at this teamwork nearly 15 years but every good system deserves a tweak now and then. ginghamsburg encompasses two campuses,...
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anthro in atlanta

people often ask “how do you get your ideas? what do you do for inspiration?” every artist, designer or co-creator needs to be able to unplug and find places that stir up new visions. one of the places that sparks my best ideation is the globally famous “anthropologie.” it’s a mall kind of store- usually...
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Amari’s Room

While in Iowa City Clark and i were able to help our kids in a number of ways: visiting them in the hospital and lovin’ on our new granddaughter, unpacking boxes in the new/old home our kids had just moved into (circa 1860, next to a beautiful city cemetary) cleaning, landscaping and staging their home...
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new life

we received a surprise package arrive last thursday, june 18. amari mckay casto was born to daughter and son-in-law heidi and andy casto. amari came via emergency c-section three weeks early, amidst a flurry of unexpected happenings. we are so grateful she is healthy and thriving. after a 3 1/2 day hospital stay everyone came...
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everyday inspirations

i am an inspiration addict and it doesn’t take crazy extravagant visuals to send me into a grateful fit of joyous inspiration. here i’m posting a random assortment of my “everyday inspirations” from the last three days: my daughter heidi who is 8 months prego and the antique rocker i just recovered for her/them, the...
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