Rev. Laurie Tenhave-Chapman

A Message to You — April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

We are always in good hands by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford  I realized that I had no real memory of the night after my surgery. I had this image of my husband smiling into my face as I was wheeled to my room, telling me the good news that they had found no additional cancer. And I knew I spent those evening hours with him. But apart [...]

The more you give away, the more you have

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford On any given weekend, we could expect to see the same scene when we looked out our window across the parking lot: a middle-aged man buffing his vintage car to shimmery perfection. We lived in a condo complex when first married, and you get a peek into other people’s priorities because you live in close [...]

A Message for You

December 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Look for the true gifts of Christmas by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, UCC Rockford On a blistering hot day this past summer, I was waiting at a red light in my air-conditioned car when a lean young man jogged past the traffic. With a natural orange “fro” bobbing as he ran, he was clad only in a pair of running shorts. His thin muscular frame [...]

A Message for You

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

God wants to hear from us by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church of Rockford “Dear God, for my birthday I would really like a shiny red wagon and especially a puppy. Thanks for my good life! Amen.” So reads, we imagine, the prayer of a young child: simple requests for things they would like which may come to fulfillment, but may not. Well, I [...]

Slowed Down

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church Lately I’ve been driving like someone who would have driven me crazy just a while ago. I am a few weeks post-surgery and still moving in slow motion more than I realize. I look in my rearview mirror to see someone on my tail and think, “What’s your rush?” Just six weeks ago I would have [...]
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