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  • This Week’s Scripture
  • The Theme for the Week
  • Discussion and Reflection Questions
  • Movie, Video and Book Suggestions
  • Individual or Community Practices (ideas for prayer, service, or activism)
  • Programming and Events
  • Testimonials
  • And MORE!


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This week’s scripture:

Saturday, Oct. 10 & Sunday, Oct. 11: Rushing Kimball preaching

PATIENCE (Peaches)

James 5:7-12

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.


12 Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

(for all ages!)

  • Why is it important to be patient under stress?
  • Who is the “beloved” that James is addressing? (He addresses rich people prior to v7)
  • What does it mean to suffer patiently? (remain steadfast) v11
  • What is the connection to 1 Cor 13:4 “love is patient”?
  • How long do we have to be patient? Abraham was patient for quite a long time.
  • What connection can be made to this scripture about farming and the struggles rural Iowa faces?

(for all ages)




  • The Tortoise & the Hare, Jerry Pinkey
  • Abel’s Island, William Steig
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Zen Socks, Jon J. Nuth
  • Martin’s Big Words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Doreen Rappaport



  • The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle



 (i.e. prayer/service/activism) (for all ages)

  • Walk a labyrinth – a labyrinth is not a maze…it has a path into and out of the center.
  • Find a labyrinth to walk in your areas using this tool: https://labyrinthlocator.com
  • Children’s Centering Prayer – Book & YouTube video


  • Meditation Coloring Book: Wonderful images to melt your worries away (Chartwell Coloring Books)