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9/21/22 – Interim Minister

Whew! We did it—in spades and diamonds and hearts and clubs! We have a signed CALL for The Rev. Dr. Fred Grewe to be our Interim Minister. I know—surprise—right! We have interviewed 8 candidates. In the end, we had 3 very capable ministers who would be a great fit for our church. How fortunate for »

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9/14/22 – September Stewardship

Stewardship is an ethical value that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.  I remember 5 years’ ago when, sitting on Council (not as Treaurer, but doing  budgeting/reporting), when fellow councilors said we needed to set aside $10k each year to accrue for a new roof. The roof was nearing end-of-life. There was no »

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9/7/22 The Hound of Heaven

            I have been thinking about why I chose to be Moderator—about feeling called—or not? So I did some research on call to ministry. I came across a poet Francis Thompson who wrote in the late 1800s “The Hound of Heaven” about feeling pursued by God as if God were a great hound. The thing »

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8/31/22 Service is a Breeze!

In the words of Hillary Clinton, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, it takes a congregation to make church happen. There are many ways to volunteer, from small to large, each week, and various people in charge of finding volunteers. Greeter  – Lucy Usher  – Lucy Worship Leader (2 services) – Laurie »

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8/24/22 A Gracious Wind

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.”  —Harriet Beecher Stowe When Carry Bailey was digging into church history for writing the grant »

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8/17/22 – Root Causes

Who did it? We have been wrestling with this question for over a year now. The short answer is that it is unknowable. It appears to be the convergence of a number of forces over a long time that came to a crescendo while our minister was on sabbatical. Carry Bailey has done a lot »

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8/10/22 – Our Stories

Jim Stumbo opened our meeting talking about stories. In the first 5 books of the Old Testament, there are 5 threads of J, E, P, D, R, interwoven, sometimes contradicting one another, but told as a single story. In the first 4 books of the New Testament, the 4 Gospels tell different stories to different »

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8/3/22 – Remember the Sabbath, to keep it Holy.

When we come to church on Sunday for Worship, how easy it is to be distracted—how easy to forget that it is the Sabbath for everyone, not just for you. Some of our staff work on Sunday: Phil works tech; Karl leads us in music; our Pastor for the day leads worship; Don & Teri »

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7/27/22 – Life is a Jigsaw puzzle

I love building jigsaw puzzles—building the edge first, then building the homogeneous blobs, fitting them into the whole, and finally finding the pieces that fill in the blanks. It’s a bit like life—we begin with the edges—trying to figure out our boundaries. As we grow, we build blobs of who we are and fit them »

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7/20/22 – Misinformation

I have heard some fantastical stories about what has happened during the past year—stories that had NO relationship to the truth as I understand it. How does this Misinformation happen? I know that when I have bits and pieces of a story, I “fill in the blank” to make sense of it. I end up »

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