Getting to Know Sue Karibian

Written by Dale Buchanan “Hi there Grapeleaf readers. I have been invited to share this short autobiographical sketch with you as part of Big Red’s ‘From the Pews’ column. Right now I am sitting in Gayle’s living room. Dale is relaxing in a recliner and Gayle and I are in

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Getting to Know Donna van Wyhe

Written by Dale Buchanan I hardly know where to begin with Donna. I guess I should begin with the beginning, but that presents a problem. Our purpose is to tell Donna’s story. Starting at the beginning seems simple enough. However, nailing down her story was not so simple.  So, let’s

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Getting to Know Ken Schoelen

Written by Dale Buchanan It is my pleasure to introduce Ken as this week’s “Pew Person.”  He has been an active member of Big Red Church for decades. If you do not know this fellow, you are missing an experience. Yesterday afternoon, with the holidays over, Gayle and I knocked

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Advent Devotional • January 4

Saturday, January 4 Written by Rev. Raygan Baker First Congregational Church of Fresno Isaiah 60:1-6 “Arise! Shine: your light has come, and the Lord’s glory has shone upon you.” This promise sounds wonderful, except then the prophet goes on to admit that we can still see much of the darkness

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