Join us on February 11 from 2-5 p.m. at West County Assembly of God for BUILDING BRIDGES, a celebration of the rich cultural traditions that exist throughout the St. Louis metro area. This year’s multicultural festival includes a wide range of performing arts from around the world. Here’s a sneak preview of artists on the … Read moreBuilding Bridges: A Cultural Celebration
Once when I was listening to the radio, the announcer stated that he didn’t feel like it was Christmas; he wondered why he felt that way. He thought maybe it was because the weather was warm or because the stores start setting out Christmas decor so early. (If you don’t live in the U.S., you … Read moreEpiphany: The Traditional End of the Christmas Season
Although Advent is an extremely old Christian tradition, it is relatively new to the evangelical calendar. In fact, I didn’t learn about Advent until I was an adult, and I attended church throughout my teen years! However, these days it’s quite common for American churches of all denominations to have advent wreaths, and many families … Read moreWhy Do Christians Celebrate Advent?
The first “Thanksgiving” was a 3-day harvest festival celebrated by the original English colonists in 1621. After enduring a terrible sea voyage, brutal winter, and multiple deadly diseases, the remaining colonists were thankful that they had survived! Indeed, they wouldn’t have survived a second year if the Wampanoag Indians, whom they invited to the festivities, … Read moreWhen Did Thanksgiving Begin? It’s Complicated!
Have you ever noticed that hospitality varies greatly from culture to culture? When I first made friends with people from other countries, I was surprised whenever they offered me food if I was only staying a short time. In fact, I frequently turned the food down because I was uncomfortable; it was so outside my … Read moreHow Do You Define Hospitality?