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Jeff’s Jottings

During the first two weeks of July, I attended General Synod and General Assembly. What follows is edited from a three-page report. You can read the full version at http://wp.me/pBRG6-pH. Assembly and Synod – background Both the Christian Church (Disciples … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings

You always give me something to brag about. I’m writing this in the days following the UCC Conference’s Annual Gathering. From Thursday to Sunday, Pastor Brenda, Michele McConville, Val Parker, Joy Barnitz, and I got to hang out with people … Continue reading

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JEFF’S JOTTINGS

This will be my thirtieth Easter as an ordained minister. This will be the thirtieth time I’ve led a community through the drama of Holy Week and I don’t want it to be rote. I’m hungry to make it spiritually … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings

Newsletter deadlines are strange things. I’m sitting down to write this column in mid-January for the February edition of The Bell – that’s normal enough – and I’m going to be writing about March. I feel like we barely finished … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings

The Strategic Planning Team is busy processing the data they collected from our “Day of Discovery” in April, working toward reexamining of our mission statement and formulating some concrete goals for us. Meanwhile, I’m still coming down from the high … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings – April 2016

Pastor Brenda and I have been taking a look at the work we do, attempting to determine what our priorities are (based on how we spend our time) verses what our priorities should be. One of the things we’ve found … Continue reading

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Now What?

March is a pretty big month for me. Aside from being the month of my birth, March also commemorates two big moments in my life as your pastor: the anniversary of my first official Sunday here at Niles Discovery Church … Continue reading

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