Take 10 @ 10:00

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Sunday - 9:15 AM Sunday School, 10:30 AM Worship Service

Irvington UMC family and friends:

Keep an eye on Facebook and our website as we explore new ways to keep connected! "Take 10 at 10:00!" posts on our Facebook page a couple of times weekly on or before 10:00 am and can be viewed at any time. Look for a video posting, a scripture reading, music from our sanctuary, children and youth messages, or a podcast. Listen, read, and engage with us! We hope you will join us and add your comments. 

The Take 10 @ 10:00 schedule is generally as follows:

Tuesday - a "mixed bag" of poems, reflections, or other random thoughts
Friday - a weekly devotional from Pastor Denise

Make yourself a cup of coffee,  curl up in your favorite chair or on the sofa, and spend a few minutes with us!


Pastor Denise

Love and Understanding

by: Denise Robinson

01/21/2022

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), Jacob found himself in Egypt meeting the Pharaoh. Can you imagine? Here is this father of a large, but poor, sheep-herding family from nowhere who, through his son Joseph, is introduced to one of the most powerful men in the world at that time. Jacob's days on earth are about to end, but God is still guiding and protecting Jacob and his family.   __________________________W...
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Few and Difficult

by: Denise Robinson

01/14/2022

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we found Jacob on his way to Egypt for a reunion with his son, Joseph. This is Jacob's final journey in life, but God is still with him. Who would've thought that the Israelite father of a shepherding family would meet Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt? But that is about to happen....  __________________________Week 26: Read Genesis 47:1-12 (Few and Difficult)

"Joseph presents his...
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More Than We Expect

by: Denise Robinson

01/07/2022

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Three weeks ago, with breaks for Christmas and New Year's Day, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we found Jacob coming closer to the end of his life. God, however, isn't quite finished with Jacob yet. The storyline may be shifting to Joseph and his other sons, but Jacob still has more to learn and more to do.  __________________________Week 25: Read Genesis 46:28-34 (More Than We Expect)

"After an extended retelling of...
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Inevitable Pain, Unstoppable Promise

by: Denise Robinson

12/17/2021

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), Jacob found out that his son Joseph was not only still alive but was being used by God in Egypt to save others, including Jacob's family. Jacob is coming closer to the end of his life, but God is still working in his life to complete his transformation from Jacob to Israel. __________________________Week 24: Read Genesis 46:1-7 (Inevitable Pain, Unstoppable Promise)

"The tim...
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The Character of Our Creator

by: Denise Robinson

12/10/2021

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read about God continues to work through Jacob's life even as Jacob continues to struggle with his true identity. Jacob's struggles with doubt, fear, and indecision are reminders to us that we will also experience similar difficulties; but Jacob reminds us that God loves works in progress. __________________________Week 23: Read Genesis 45:1-28 (The Character of Our Crea...
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The Character of Our Creator

by: Denise Robinson

12/10/2021

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read about God continues to work through Jacob's life even as Jacob continues to struggle with his true identity. Jacob's struggles with doubt, fear, and indecision are reminders to us that we will also experience similar difficulties; but Jacob reminds us that God loves works in progress. __________________________Week 23: Read Genesis 45:1-28 (The Character of Our Crea...
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God Loves Works in Progress

by: Denise Robinson

12/03/2021

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Two weeks ago, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read about how Joseph is faring well in Egypt, but things aren't so well at home with Jacob. The famine is taking its toll and life's difficulties were pressing down on Jacob; and in the midst of all of this stress, Jacob has again chosen one of his sons, this time Benajmin, as his favorite. Does God still have a plan? __________________________Week 22: Read Genesis ...
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Above the Horizon

by: Denise Robinson

11/19/2021

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read how Jacob's favoritism toward his son, Joseph, has led to disastrous circumstances. It's a mess. Brothers against brother, sons lying to their father. Joseph is in Egypt and Jacob thinks he is dead. Once Jacob and his brother, Esau, were divided by hate and distrust. God brought healing to them. Is another healing possible?       __________________________Week 21: R...
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Through And In Spite Of

by: Denise Robinson

11/12/2021

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Last week, in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we jumped to a later point in Jacob's life and were introduced to his son, Joseph. You may know some things about Joseph's life, particularly his "amazing technicolor dream coat" (or coat of many colors). Over the past weeks, we have seen how God has repeatedly blessed Jacob, but certainly not because Jacob was perfect. He's not going to win any father-of-the-year contests,...
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The Impossible Dream

by: Denise Robinson

11/05/2021

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Two weeks ago in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read about Jacob's family struggles. His wife, Rachel, dies and his son Reuben commits incest. We saw how Jacob dealt with life's "acid tests" and in his living gained insight into how we can do the same. This week we transition into the latter stage of Jacob's life as his son, Joseph, is introduced.       __________________________Week 19: Read Genesis 37:1-11 (The I...
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Life's Acid Tests

by: Denise Robinson

10/15/2021

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Last week in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we read about Jacob's return to Bethel and the building of an altar at that place where he had an experience with God. It was a time for Jacob to reassess his commitment to God and begin again, and a reminder for us that we need times of remembrance and rebeginning           __________________________Week 18: Read Genesis 35:16-29 (Life's Acid Tests)

"An incredible number of ...
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Half-Time

by: Denise Robinson

10/08/2021

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Last week in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we saw Jacob's failure as a father and leader. The story of Dinah is a difficult one to understand and Jacob's role (or lack thereof) is frustrating. He's been growing in faith and his life seems to be going so well, and suddenly we are reminded that things often go wrong when we take our eyes off of God and rely on ourselves.          __________________________Week 17: Read...
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Justice Versus Love

by: Denise Robinson

10/01/2021

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Last week in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we looked at Jacob's reunion with his brother, Esau. But just as it seems things are finally going right, we are reminded that human life is messy and complicated, and that things often go wrong when we take our eyes off of God and rely on ourselves.          __________________________Week 16: Read Genesis 34:1-31 (Justice Versus Love)

"In one of the darkest scenes of Genesis...
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He Prepares a Way

by: Denise Robinson

09/24/2021

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Last week in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we looked at Jacob's encounter with a "stranger" that resulted in a dislocated hip and a new name (Israel). Jacob's life has been transformed and he is finally on the path to being who God has called him to be (and only after a few decades!). Now there are still family relationships to be mended; he still has to deal with the consequences of his past behavior. But he is no l...
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Forgiveness and Transformation

by: Denise Robinson

09/17/2021

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Last week in our look at the life of Jacob (through the book "Escaping with Jacob" by David Ramos), we looked at how Jacob finally, after decades of deception and turmoil in his life, turned to prayer. Jacob is almost home now, and his brother is on his way to meet him. We are still left with the question: will there be violence or will their relationship be restored? But before we get the answer, it seems God has work to do yet in Jacob.         __________...
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