Episode 30 - Birthday Celebration - Angie Smith

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Birthday Giveaway / https://www.retreathousemn.com/birthday-giveaway/

You may enter 5/2/18-5/9/18 (11:59pm CST)
Winners will be notified via email and announced on Instagram & Facebook
Prizes will be mailed to an address in the continental USA

Momboss5k / https://www.coveyevents.com/momboss5k/

Stillwater, MN / https://www.discoverstillwater.com/about-stillwater/

Northwestern / https://unwsp.edu/

Church of the Open Door / http://www.thedoor.org/
Cub Food’s / https://www.cub.com/

North Shore MN / https://www.retreathousemn.com/north-shore-mn/

Scotland / https://www.visitscotland.com/

Lou Malnati’s / https://www.loumalnatis.com/

Davanni’s / https://www.davannis.com/

Giordano’s / https://giordanos.com/locations/minneapolis-uptown

Pizzeria Pezzo / http://www.pizzeriapezzo.com/


Episode 29 - What Should I Know About North Shore MN - Angie Smith

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Angie's recommendations



Sara's recommendations

Camping highlights (I can suggest many more if needed):

For a less rustic experience (showers and water available): Temperance River State Park in Tofte. The pack-in sites are easy to access an offer better views/less people. Reservations required.

For more rustic but still quick access to your car: Poplar River Rustic Campground. This is on the Honeymoon Trail between the Sawbill and Caribou Trails in Lutsen. 4 well sized rustic campsites (no showers/water so bring your own) right on the Poplar River. First come, first serve.

For most rustic: Lake Agnes campsites on the Superior Hiking Trail in Lutsen. Public parking at Caribou Lake, cross the highway and take the SHT about 1.25 miles. There are two sites at the bottom of the lake where near where the trail first encounters it, and two more sites up at the top of the lake. No water/toilets. The views at the top of Lake Agnes are stunning and its a good beginner back-packing spot. Can continue on the trail from Agnes to Lutsen Mountains if feeling adventurous/in shape. SHT sites are first come first serve but I've never had a problem finding a site. Always good to have a back-up option though (such as the rustic campground listed above). *Carrying in water is heavy, water filtration systems suggested. Hatchets also suggested to get firewood.

Hiking highlights:

Oberg Mountain:  an easy, short loop hike with spectacular views. Especially during fall colors. *Please watch young children/pets on this trail, sheer cliffs with very flimsy wood fences as boundaries.

Carlton Peak: slightly harder than Oberg due to some fun boulders on the trail, decent views.

White Sky Rock: A spur trail off the SHT right where you start from Caribou Lake to Lake Agnes. Very short hike but VERY steep. Great vista of Caribou Lake. Awesome sunrise spot.

Pincushion Trail System: Cool views overlooking Grand Marais from above, multiple trail options.

Kadunce River: Hop in the river (with water shoes or old tennis shoes) and climb up 3 waterfalls as you hike up the river, then take the trail back down. *Best to do with a friend just to be safe.

Grand Portage Falls: There are three sets of falls as you go deeper into the trail

Cascade River: Trail goes a long ways up the river. Go off trail and lay on a flat rock in the middle of the river for a break! Lookout Mountain is at the top

Eagle Mountain: A personal fav. Most of this long hike (7.5 - 8mi) is flat and easy, but the last bit as you ascend the mountain to the highest point in MN is pretty steep. A fun winter hike too if you have poles.


Episode 28 - What Should I Know About Divorce? - Ellie Herringshaw



This is what the LORD says: “Where is your mother's certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away. Isa 50:1

I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Jer 3:8

Corrie ten Boom http://tenboom.org/

Episode 26 - What Should I Know About Hmong Culture? - Jenny Vang

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Jenny on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennyvang4/

Resources for finding out more about Hmong culture
The Latehomecomer, by Kao Kalia Yang (memoir on emigrating from Laos)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Faidman (on shamanism)
Documentary: America's Secret War: MN Remembers Vietnam - https://www.tpt.org/americas-secret-war/
St. Paul Hmong Village: https://www.visitsaintpaul.com/directory/hmong-village-shopping-center/

Favorite Coffee Shops
Five Watt http://fivewattcoffee.com/our-shop/
Vicinity Coffee http://vicinitycoffee.com/nicollet/
Lynhall http://thelynhall.com/cafe/

Retreat Space
Pacem in Terris http://www.paceminterris.org/

Episode 25 - What Should I Know About Passover? - Dr. Gary V. Smith

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The New American Haggadah: A Simple Passover Seder for the Whole Family (free on Kindle)

The Haggadah (order of the service)
Opening Hymn
The First Cup (The Cup of Sanctification)
The Second Cup (The Cup of Mercy)
The Meal (see menu below)
The Third Cup (The Cup of Redemption)
The Fourth Cup (The Cup of Hope)
Closing Hymn (The Hallel, Psalms 113-119)

Photos from our Passover Seder

Exodus 1 / Hebrews growing in numbers
Exodus 7-11 / Plagues
Exodus 12 / Passover and Israel’s Exodus from Egypt
Exodus 24 / Israel accepts the LORD’s covenant

Passover Menu
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Boiled Potatoes
Vegetable, Carrots & Greens
Salad, Horseth
Dessert, Lemon Pudding

1 I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
3 Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “Please, LORD, save me!”
Psalm 116:1-4 (NLT)

“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Mark 14:36 (NLT)

23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Mark 14:23-26 (NLT)

The Maccabeats - Mah Nishtanah - Passover (Why is this night different?)

The Maccabeats - Dayenu - Passover (It would have been enough)

Baruch atah Adonai Ellohaynu mellach ha’olam bowray paree ha’adamah
Blessed art Thou, eternal our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth.


Episode 23 - What Should I Know About Women in the Sex Industry? - Keisha Polonio

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Tampa Underground Network http://tampaunderground.com/

Created http://www.createdwomen.com/  
Created Tampa is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to the restoration of vulnerable women involved in the sex industry to an understanding of their value, beauty, and destiny in Jesus Christ.

Episode 21 - Grief - Rich & Cheryl Brunkow


Contact Rich / rbrunkow1@gmail.com

Contact Cheryl / cherylbrunkow@gmail.com

Circle Maker by Mark Batterson / https://thecirclemaker.com/

Verses about endurance
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:3-5

Advice for Unemployed
Know who you are
Know what you want
Know how to go get it
Know how to keep it
Activity-get out of the house
Attitude-you control your attitude

Advice for those walking with unemployed
Practical help such as; gas gift cards, grocery gift cards, networking
*If you give to someone who's unemployed, don't do it anonymously. You may perceive your anonymous gifts as being selfless, but it may make the receiver feel unworthy of your acknowledgment. There is already so much shame associated with unemployment, that if you give a card or money or groceries without signing your name, it may feel like you don’t want to be associated with the unemployed.

Episode 19 - Grief - Jo Saxton

Episode 18 - Grief - Adrienne Graves

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Adrienne’s website http://www.adriennegraves.com/

Follow Adrienne’s writing page https://www.facebook.com/adriennegraveswrites/

Blog about Noah http://noahsteven.blogspot.com/p/for-new-readers.html

The Butterfly Foundation https://the-butterfly-foundation.com/

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/

Adrienne’s Non-profit http://www.bevygirls.com/

Episode 16 - Grief - Alice Stock

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Health Care Directive http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/advdir.htm

Bill's favorite scripture
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-8

Hymns from Bill’s service
At the Name of Jesus
Great is Thy Faithfulness
In Christ Alone

GriefShare https://www.griefshare.org/

Caring Bridge https://www.caringbridge.org

Scriptures for comfort
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress. I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62:1

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.
The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.
The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Psalm 121

Reflections of a Grieving Spouse: The Unexpected Journey from Loss to Renewed Hope by H. Norman Wright

Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress by Lee Woodruff

Poem by David Harkins
You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.



Episode 15 - Grief - Justine Pucker


University of Northwestern https://unwsp.edu/

HSG test https://www.mayoclinic.org/hsg-test/VID-20084751 

Quote from Charles Spurgeon
They who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.

Justine’s Podcast http://simpleinthewindycity.blogspot.com/ 

7 Lessons Learned
He Gives, HE Take Away
HE Is Unchanging
HE Is Sovereign Over All Things
HE Makes Beauty From Ashes
HE Promises Himself
HE Has Not Forgotten You
HE Is Our Greatest Treasure

The Baby Bird Project https://thebabybirdproject.blogspot.com/

The Thorn by Martha Snell Nicholson
I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.