Category Archives: Pastor’s Column

The Angel Angle — Brenda’s column

When I was growing up, it didn’t feel like the house was ready for Christmas until Mom hung the angel mobile in the front window. It was a simple. home-made decoration, a gold-painted wooden hoop from which dangled small red … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings

According to the book* that is inspiring the four-week sermon series Pastor Brenda and I will be preaching this month, in the gospels, Jesus asks 307 questions, is asked 183 questions, and directly answers fewer than 10 of those question … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings

Why do you give money to the church? I suppose there are lots of reasons out there, maybe as many as there are people giving money. I suspect all of those reasons fall into one of these categories: Some people … Continue reading

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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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