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11/23/22: Ukrainian Immigrants

Uniting for Ukraine RV  is an organization created by Scott Banderoff that has brought 8 immigrant 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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11/9/22: Peace Church

One of our recent candidates for Interim said in passing that “Peace Church” was a big name. Well, I thought, so is “Church of Christ”. But it got me thinking. What does it mean to be “The Ashland Peace Church”?? Brad Roupp made the sign of “peace” in both Arabic & English during a period »

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11/2/22: Welcome Pastor Fred!

Fred is now our Interim Minister—the guy in charge—our adult supervision—and our minister! After 6 months of wandering the wilderness, we face our future with renewed energy and excitement of what lies ahead—with thanks especially to our Office Business Manager, Tege Phillips, and her mighty assistant, Wendy Wysong-Leighton; our Church Council (past and present) who »

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10/25/22: Bequest

Joe Collonge died Oct 25, 2020. Joe retired here from the Bay Area, a theatre enthusiast. He was one of those back-stage guys who had the technical and engineering know-how to make the magic happen. He befriended many actors. Joe was also a very active member of OLLI, where he met and later married Sally »

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10/22/22: Invitation to join Self-Study Team

Our consultant, Rev. Dr. Karen McClintock, described the process she will employ to create healing in our church. It will consist of a Self-Study Team that will host many Listening Posts so that every one of us can attend one to have our story heard. The Listening Posts will consist of about 8 of us, »

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10/15/22: Leadership Retreat

There were 24 of us who met in Fellowship Hall, filled with energy and spirit, as we met with Karen McClintock, Fred Grewe and Paul Seymour last Saturday morning to be affirmed, inspired, and led by Faith into the unknown. Beginning with a blessing and introductions, a bunch of tennis balls gave us plenty of »

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10/8/22: Miscellany

In case you missed it, check out last week’s blog about hiring our consultant, Rev. Dr. Karen McClintock. The Minister’s Office is being moved to the Church Basement to what has been known as the Linzey Room. Sherri is getting bids for the Bookcases/Cabinets at the end of the room. Christna’s desk will be moved »

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10/4/22 – We have a Consultant!

I suspect that it seems like council moved at a glacially slow pace over the past 3 months. Interviewing is a slow process, even more so during vacations. But we are on the go now! Fred is enjoying his brief Sabbatical after retiring from Hospice. He told me this morning that he will be quite »

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9/28/22 – Locked Front Door

Some 3 years ago, the police advised our Safe Church Committee to be sure to lock our doors (back and front) after church service began, in light of so many active shooter incidents at churches and synagogues around the country. This is common sense, Safe Church Policy, and has been in effect at least since »

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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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