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66 June 4 - 17, 2011

Spiritual DNA

by Rev. Michael Bryant

A few years ago, Wendy and I went back to the Traverse City area in Michigan where I grew up as a kid. It had been nearly 30 years since I had been there. The fi rst thing I noticed was the lay of the land – roads, malls, buildings covered what used to be open fi elds. It was certainly “home,” but it had changed a lot. Most importantly, it was a time to spend quality time with friends, talk about old times, and to reconnect with my precious family.

I never expected how emotional it would be for me to see the houses where I spent nearly half of my life. I got a brand-new sense of what truly makes a person what they are. I realized that my life wasn’t trapped in bricks and mortar, a building that could easily be destroyed, but that these houses, neighborhoods and people represent all of my life experiences, experiences that will live on and never be taken away. These priceless experiences have truly made me the person I am today. Indeed, I revisited the building blocks of my life.

I was reading the other day that DNA “is the building blocks of life.” When we want to see what we are made of, in a physical sense, it all boils down to the structure of our DNA!

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he writes that Jesus “holds all things together;” that, in a real sense, Jesus is the “cement” of one’s true life.


So I ask you, what is the content of your DNA? What is it that made you the person you are today? If we were to boil you down and uncover what holds you together, what would we fi nd? Would Jesus be the cement that holds you together?

I’ll see you in church, the grocery store, in the bike lane or around town.

Rev. Michael Bryant is senior pastor at First United Methodist Church, located at 331 S. Cooper Rd. in Gilbert. For more information or to email Pastor Bryant, visit


‘Pandamania’ at Light of Christ

Kids learn to “look for evidence of God all around them” through a project called God Sightings during PandaMania, a children’s event hosted by Light of Christ Church from 9 a.m. to noon June 6 through 10. Bible-learning activities, songs, teamwork-building games, yummy treats and more are all part of the fun, too. Each day concludes with a Rowdy Wrap-Up, a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.

Preregistration is required, and the cost is $25 per child.

Light of Christ Church is located at 1500 W. Germann Rd., in Chandler. Info: 480-899-1400 or access

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Desert Palms offers VBS Every participant receives a Go Fish T-shirt, CD and

offi cial Backstage Pass during Go Fish’s “Backstage with the Bible,” a Vacation Bible School at Desert Palms Church of Chandler from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 through 17.

Go Fish is a vocal group that makes music for children and families that creatively communicates traditional Biblical values.

The VBS is open to kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, and the cost is $10 per child. Desert Palms Church is located at 4265 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. For more information or to register, visit

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