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Youth Kenya Mission Trip, Day 3

Youth Kenya Mission Trip, Day 3 by Lauren Zuravel I never thought I would be taught by school children on how to love learning. Today we visited the Kariobangi Skills Center & Schools where we saw the different ways that people can gain a skill so they can come out of the vicious cycle of […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 06-17-2022

A Pastor’s Perspective When my good friend, Bruce, received his sabbatical approval, I was asked to take over his pastoral care duties. Many of you don’t know me, so let me introduce myself! I joined the staff of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church on July 1, 1980, as a part-time Director of Recreation. In November of […]

Youth Kenya Trip – Day 2

Day 2 by Jon Nahlen Today, we did a lot. We were able to tour the Pangani school, learn about Mission of Hope Int, and, after that, we made our first trip into the slums. So, Monday has been a day of new experiences, learning, and trying to take it all in. Pangani school is […]

Youth Kenya Trip, Day 1 at Bondeni Church

Day 1 by Ella Reeder The day started off fine with a lovely little breakfast the people had made for us. Thankful for them very much, making sure we stay safe and have clean water to drink. Things look a lot different during the day time now, compared to last night coming in. I could […]

Take It With You 06.12.2022

Last week, we learned about the ancient practice of reflecting on scripture called Lectio Divina. That practice had its beginning with the ancient Christian writer Origen. Today, there is another aspect of Origen’s thought that will be especially helpful when treating the word of God as living and active; that is, the four senses of […]

Take It With You 06.05.2022

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 In this day of podcasts and You Tube, we have a variety of opportunities to listen to sermons and conversations about the Bible.  If scripturally sound, these can be good resources, but it’s tempting to spend more time […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 06-07-2022

Every 3rd Sunday, I lead a Discovery Class that helps new people visiting our church learn about who Snyder is. I always say that Snyder was a strong mission-giving Church until we began doing Operation Inasmuch in 1995. That experience changed our church from a missions financial giving Church to a Church that went out […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 05-31-2022

About 18 months ago it occurred to me that in my son Davis’s final summer before college, I would again be eligible for sabbatical leave. This prospect excited me: the opportunity to cherish and be fully present in those moments with him and with our family! Of course, I didn’t know then what role COVID […]

Take It With You 05.29.2022

I’ll be honest. After the horrible events in Uvalde, TX, on Tuesday, and as I sat in my office on Wednesday in front of my laptop preparing for rehearsals that night, everything in the plan for today’s worship seemed woefully inadequate. I mean, in light of this suffering how can we possibly launch into an […]

Take It With You 05.22.2022

Dear Graduates, this is written from a parent to a child, but the sentiments reflect how we, your church family, feel as you turn the page to the next exciting chapter of your life. A Letter to my Graduate – by Dean Goodson I cannot buy you a set of morals; I cannot build you […]