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Aug
13
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by Sarah Estes, PCA board member When I started working in the department of corrections I didn’t want to know what the men had done to deserve the punishment of prison.  It was part fear and part th…
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Aug
08
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America This is the time of year when we in South Dakota see the elusive dance of the fireflies and hear the song of the cicadas.  Every…
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Jul
30
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By Rev. Terry Schjang, pastor at New Beginnings Worshipping Community in the Denver Women's Correctional Facility When are we the host, and when the visitor?  When the stranger, and when the welcome …
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Jul
24
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member   It’s a deeply weird story that we never quite know what to do with. God tells Abraham to bind his first-born son Isaac to an altar in the wilderness and be rea…
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Jul
08
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By Rev. Chris Flohr, PCA Board President A familiar name – Johnny Cash - was a strong supporter of prison ministry.  He performed concerts in prisons such as San Quentin in California to boost morale…
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Jul
02
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America His name was Rev. John O’Neal.  I only met him once, when PCA founder, Rev. Ed Nesselhuf and I were in the Seattle area to visit…
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Jun
25
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By Rev. John Harrison, PCA Board Member In a meeting of nearby churches last week, I asked my neighbors in Christ to make some time to learn more about prison ministry. When I met resistance in the m…
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Jun
18
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By Rick Admiraal, pastor of New Life Prison Community, a prison congregation in Newton, Iowa.  It's the time of year in which we celebrate our parents.  We've already celebrated Mothers Day and now i…
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Jun
12
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by Julie Thomas, Administrative Assistant, PCA As we enter the season of Pentecost, I have been re-reading the book of Acts.  Acts 2:44-47 describes how the first members of the church lived:  "All …
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Jun
03
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America Seldom is there a day in eastern South Dakota that the wind does not blow.  It’s this way year round, but now that it’s summerti…
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