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Spring Break Staycation Ideas

By Molly Bottorff | March 23, 2022 |

Looking for some fun staycation ideas for Spring Break? We’ve got you covered! Here are Molly’s Top 10 Columbia Spring Break Staycation ideas: TAKE A HIKE Just minutes south of the MU campus, Rock Bridge State Park has over 15 miles of trails perfect for exploring. Bring a water bottle and some snacks and take…

How do we pray for Ukraine?

By Molly Bottorff | March 8, 2022 |

The world’s eyes are on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As Americans, we reel over the images that flash on our screens, we struggle to comprehend the thought of 2 million Ukrainian refugees, we recoil at the stories of violence and the targeting of civilians. But how do we respond as Christians? Sometimes even…

This Class Changed My Life

By Molly Bottorff | January 13, 2022 |

This Class Changed My Life By Luke Hettinger Fighting the Currents If you’re anything like me, drift is inevitable.  A few years ago we took our kids to the beach, and on this particular day there were signs everywhere warning about the strength of the undertow.  Now for those of you who have grown up…

A Misfit’s Guide Toward Joy

By Molly Bottorff | January 13, 2022 |

Joy is foundational for a life with Jesus. According to Dr. Jim Wilder we can train our brains to make joy our default emotional state. Dr. Wilder designed this “Joy Exercise” to help us get started on a path toward joy. Phase 1: Learning to Relive Gratitude Memories* Think of a memory in your life…

Habits for the New Year

By Molly Bottorff | January 6, 2022 |

If you’re like me you struggle with waking up in the morning. I used to set an alarm, but then I had kids. When their Hatch sound machine turns blue at 6:20 am you can bet that those footsteps will come stomping down the hall to loud proclamations of “the light turned blue!” (3 year…

Reflections on 2021 and a prayer for 2022

By Molly Bottorff | December 31, 2021 |

As 2021 winds into its final hours, it seems appropriate to pause and look back at all that has happened in and through Compass Church. Here are a few highlights from the past year: 52 weeks of livestream services Connection Groups resume in person 1200+ meals served through Loaves and Fishes Compass Houses served five…

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From The Great Room Episode 3

By Molly Bottorff | November 21, 2021 |

The Lord defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:18   Perhaps your heart broke over the images splashed on the news and your social media feeds back in August. Pictures of people so desperate to flee their home country…

John in July

By Molly Bottorff | July 21, 2021 |

Adventures in scripture reading with young kids My husband and I share a home with an aging, medium-sized chocolate lab and three small humans with large personalities. We take our role as followers of Jesus pretty seriously and a big piece of that right now is helping the aforementioned small humans learn that the God…

Three Good Things

By Molly Bottorff | July 20, 2021 |

From April 12, 2021 The past 14 months have been tough. We’ve seen an intense rise in depression, anxiety, and isolation. Churches have been hit hard with closures and critiques, and there’s a general sense of disconnect among people who, pre-Covid, enjoyed close fellowship each week. In this hot mess of a moment I’d like…