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1/25/23: Celebrations

btw, there are a number of spaces for Listening Post on Tuesday, Jan 31st. Please consider that if you have not yet participated. I ran short on time at the Quarterly meeting to fully celebrate the generous gifts of the FMMT & Bylaws Committee. So I will use this space to do so—please thank these »

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1/18/23: 2022 in Review

If you have made any donations to our church in the past year, you recently received a statement of your giving (for those without an email, it will be coming). On a church-wide basis, we received $269k from 143 donors. With the statement, I sent out a list of some of what has been accomplished »

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1/11/23: Thank You!

            With a huge thanks to Phil Eschtruth-Harrison and Carry Bailey, we have an upgraded WiFi at the church. This will solve any bandwidth issues we were having (impacting zoom church) and allow for additional devices to be added for a better experience. This then will allow us to upgrade our zoom church, which will »

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1/4/23: Coming Events

Happy New Year! It is way past time to thank the excellent preaching we so appreciated during our 6 months without paid clergy. Our 8 local clergy and one non-clergy filled the pulpit with inspiration, food for thought, affirmation, and hope. We will thank them on Sunday, Jan 8th, with a cake following the service »

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12/28/22: Christmas just past

I am writing this on Christmas Day, laid up as I am, quarantined with Covid. We are both taking Paxlovid and feeling better, looking forward to being well! The focus of church at this time of year is always Christmas—and Fred did such an amazing job of providing enriching Christmas Eve Services (I watched both »

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12/21/22: Living our Radical Welcome!

In this season of welcoming Christ into our lives, an act of Radical Welcome, I have pondered the ways we try and live out this vision of ours—“together following Jesus on the Way of Radical Love.” We try … and there is always room to try more Lately, our locked front door has been seen »

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12/14/22 Blog: Listening Post Experience

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to sit in on the first Listening Post, held for the Self-Study group. It was a safe and supportive environment for answering questions that Karen has put together to ask us all. In this case, I was a scribe. I wrote down all that was said but not who »

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12/7/22: Listening Posts

We have hired Dr. Rev Karen McClintock to support our healing from whatever happened in this church over the past year or years. She is an expert at this sort of things—has worked with many churches, with great success. She has a Self-Study Team (Kari Gies, Hannah Horn, Becky Martin, Leslie Stone, Sandy Theis, Laurie »

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11/30/22: Ukrainian Refuges

Last week Fred introduced in his sermon the idea of our making God Visible by using our asset of the Morton House as a temporary home for a refugee family from Ukraine. There was much positive response—heads nodding—thumbs up—etc. And there was some “W-A-I-T!” There were specific questions and there was some concern that we »

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11/23/22: Ukrainian Refuges

Uniting for Ukraine RV  is an organization created by Scott Banderoff that has brought 8 refuge Ukrainian families to Ashland. You may have read about Shirley Patton taking in one of these families. Another family has been here 4 months as guests in a home. They are in great need of having their own space »

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