Kitchen Table :: November 2015

By Connie Detwiler

What happens when 40 women from six different conferences gather for a weekend at Camp Hebron, to wonder, “What has God placed me on this earth to be about?” A Sister Care, Level 2 “Going Deeper” retreat happens!

Imagine rainy weather, rustic camp cabins, a small chapel in the woods, table groups of friends and strangers, beautifully sung songs, and when you become part of this event, it has the capacity to change lives in wonderful ways.

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Kitchen Table :: September 2015

by Pam Risser

Forty-two jars of applesauce line my kitchen counter tops. I spent the day with my oldest daughter and her children, cutting, simmering and pressing apples into applesauce for the winter. Last week I worked alongside another daughter canning apple pie filling.  The week before that, all my daughters came together for us to can quart after quart of peach halves, slices and pie filling.  Eager granddaughters jostled one another to have a place at filling jars with peach halves or turning the crank on the applesauce strainer.

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Kitchen Table :: May 2015

By Pam Risser

I recently had the privilege of helping my oldest daughter and her family as she recuperated from the birth of her third child. As each of my daughters have given birth I have been able to spend the first week with them doing the cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, caring of older children and lots of cuddling of the newborn so that the new mothers could get the rest that their bodies needed. My mother did the same for me and all my sisters.

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Kitchen Table :: April 2015

by Pam Risser

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NIV)

Recently, I had the privilege of being the recipient of this “burden bearing” in a number of ways. Our daughter, Amanda, who suffers from Rett Syndrome, was scheduled for a surgical procedure at Hershey Medical Center. Although minor, it did require general anesthesia and at least a one night stay in the hospital. I was carrying a certain level of anxiety as I usually do whenever we face surgeries for her.

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Kitchen Table :: March 2015

by Pam Risser

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.”

These cold, frosty days of winter bring to mind the opening lines of the Christmas carol by Christina Georgina Rossetti, “In the Bleak Mid-winter”.  As the woodstove struggles to heat the air in the room around me while the wind howls outside my window and the temperature drops, I am led to think about those times when it has also felt like winter in my heart.  In the bleakness of my perceived circumstances, my spirit moans within me and my heart is heavy as stone.  Mystics refer to this as “the dark night of the soul”.

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Kitchen Table :: February 2015

by Wilma Martens, guest writer

About 6-7 years ago, my church, Salem Ridge Community Church, held special interest classes.  I was asked to lead a knitting/crochet class. In that group were several young, un- married pregnant ladies who were excited about making baby blankets and other projects for their new babies. After the official class was over, group members asked if they could continue to come to my home to knit. Of course, with knitting, between fixing mistakes, there is a lot of conversation…sharing life together. Continue reading