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We live out our Mission by knowing and loving God and His people, reaching out to and enfolding the searching and hurting, and being and forming more committed disciples.
Pastor Bill Te Winkle | September 9, 2018
I am Ashkenazi Jewish. It is in my DNA. Literally speaking, I am 1.7% Ashkenazi Jewish, according the lab results which studied my saliva. Now, this is good news! All my life I told people I was ‘100% Dutch’. I am happy to report that this is not close to the truth. Somewhere in the not so distant past, between 1710 and 1800, I most likely had a grandparent who was 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. My other past generations of grandparents were Scandinavian, French & German, British & Irish. I have so many new holidays to celebrate and cultural traditions to learn! Being Ashkenazi Jewish allows me to claim a heritage with Abraham. Yes, that Abraham, in Genesis. You remember the scene: it was a dark, clear night. Abram stands outside his tent and ... read more