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Member Spotlight: Sharyn Pliska

Mary Baggs interviewing Sharyn Pliska

What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11

This bible verse reminds me that God is always in control of my life and when things look darkest, He will be in my head and heart and guide me through it.

Briefly tell us about a recent fun activity* you and your family participated and why.

My husband, Hank and I spent 4 months with my son, daughter and sister and their families up north in CT, NY and MA. In that time, we got to see how much the kids had grown, paint a barn, watch fall come to New England, have many Friday night pizza parties, sightsee (safely) and spend early mornings before school hearing about the kids hopes, dreams and fears about the future and the pandemic. We’ve been in FL since 2012 so we’ve missed a lot of their ‘growing up’ years and it was a time that we’ll cherish forever.

Do you have a recipe or take-out meal recommendation you would like to share?

Hank does most of the cooking and one of my favorite meals he makes is a ‘deconstructed galumpki’ (or stuffed cabbage for my non-Polish friends.) For the standard recipe, it takes a lot of time to cook the ingredients, roll the mixture into the cooked cabbage leaves and bake in the oven. He discovered a recipe that skips all that work. The first thing most people do when eating a galumpki is cut it up on the plate. Layering all the ingredients in a crock pot gets the same result with no fuss! It’s a cold-weather favorite in our house.

After having watched Fr. Frans’ video and read the information on the link you’ll share with participants to register, what will you say to invite/encourage these free exploratory online sessions?

I would encourage anyone that has lost or questioned their faith, especially this past year, even if they have a strong belief in Christianity, to attend this course. At some point in everyone's life, we’ve faced challenges that might contribute to the source of lost faith. This Alpha course will address those concerns and give the chance to ask the hard questions in a totally safe environment.

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