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About Evelyn Smith

I started this blog to reach out and promote communities of Joy and Peace and let people know more about the Community of Christ faith. Feel free to email me at

Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving

This is a great summary of the scripture for this coming Sunday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Strong treeAnd become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 AMP

The “one another” instructions in the Bible are powerful. They often refer to our relational world of how we are to connect to each other. We know examples – love one another, pray for one another, encourage one another. Our passage today is a reminder of our need to be kind, compassionate and forgiving of one another. At first glance, when we read these instructions we may be quick to give ourselves a pass recalling all of the past ‘”nice” things we have done. On learning more about this scripture and what God desires of us, I realize I have more work to do. Being kind is more than a smiling face. It reflects a giving spirit and a desire to…

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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


We all need more time with GOD

Here is some inspiration for Sunday! Have a wonderful day!


Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


Our Gifts are Multiplied

The scripture this week is from John 6:1-15 and it discusses the miracle of Jesus feeding 5 thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and fish. There is a story about soup made from stones that is an old story but the lesson teaches us that if we work together we can multiply our gifts.  I hope you get inspiration from it. 

Stone Soup Story, The
by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown
Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. “Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones.”

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town’s greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. “Now this will be a fine soup”, said the second soldier; “but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!” Up jumped a villager, crying “What luck! I’ve just remembered where some’s been left!” And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village’s best breads and cheese. “You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones”, said an elder, “and we shall never forget.” The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: “There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast”. And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.


Posted by on July 26, 2015 in inspirational stories


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One country…one world…one people

This is from Preacher Kid’s Weblog and I think it sums up how we should treat each other.

Preacher's Kid

Over the last several days, I have seen far too many posts and far too many news stories that are built on hate, fear, distrust, and creation of division. It is time for this to stop!

I can’t do it by myself. None of us can. But if many of us decide that enough is enough, then we can begin to make an impact.

I remember one of the first pictures I saw from space–the world, without borders or divisions except those caused by nature. It was a vivid reminder that while I live among a specific group of people in a specific country, I also live with many others in one world.

earth from space

When I bleed, my blood looks the same color as anyone else’s. If all anyone sees is the blood, how can they know what color I am? or what I believe?

I have lived in–and visited–countries other…

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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Thank you new followers!

Hello!  We have been getting quite a lot of new followers and I just wanted to write and thank you so much!  Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting and following our blog.  If you live near San Diego, we would love to meet you!

Some of the new followers are photographers so here is a recent picture of our church!

Thanks again!


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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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God Can Do Anything 

Here are some inspirational thoughts from Ragamuffingospelfan’s Blog! Hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend and remember that God can do anything!!

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“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Repeat after me: God can do anything.

Repeat it again: God can do anything.

Once more with feeling: God can do anything.

Got that?

Nothing is impossible for God. Nothing. And your circumstances are not the exception to the rule. You are not the odd man out, the freak that God looks at and says, “I can’t do anything with this one.”

No matter what you’re facing, God is stronger. No matter how dark it gets, God can still see you. No matter…

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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


Mission Center Newsletter

I thought I would post our two local Mission Center newsletters so you can see what is going on with Community of Christ in our area of the world.  It is in .pdf  format so you will need the Adobe Reader to access it.  Hope you enjoy them!

Click Here to Read our Southwest International Mission Center Newsletter!

Click Here to read our Southern California Mission Center Newsletter!


Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


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