INTERIM MINISTRY THOUGHTS

News, reflections & musings on interim work at Calvin Church.

November 15, 2018

A representative of Beaver-Butler Presbytery’s Ministry and Vocation Committee (MVC) will meet with the church council/session Tuesday, November 20th to explain the process and timetable leading the church to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). 

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November 1, 2018

On October 30, 1938, the world was invaded by Martians... or so some thought. A somewhat obscure radio program performed a radio version of the H.G Wells classic "War of the Worlds." In that story, Earth is invaded by hostile aliens and a battle ensues. The 1...

October 22, 2018

No post this week. A new post will be up November 1st.

October 17, 2018

[The entire Congregational Survey can be downloaded HERE.]

Two things stuck out to the team who worked on the congregational and community surveys: People find spiritual growth at Calvin Church, and they want to connect to the local community. More than one respondent s...

October 11, 2018

“As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people.” 

Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order

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October 4, 2018

One congregational survey respondent asked why it's taking so long to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee and get on with a search for a new Pastor. I've had an in-person chat with someone with the same question. My hunch there are others who are asking the same thing,...

September 27, 2018

[Every now and again, I’ll sidle take a break from posting about interim work and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s scripture and theme. This is one of those occasions.]

In the latter section of Mark 9, Jesus takes a child, displays the child to those gathered, sits the...

September 19, 2018

I'm our of the office this week. Be back next week.

September 13, 2018

Two studies are underway here at Calvin church: a congregational study and a community study. The surveys many of you have returned will shed light on how members of the congregation feel about things. The community study (being done by the Ministry Study Information T...

September 6, 2018

(This post reflects some of my thinking for this week's sermon–the message to be based on the lectionary reading from Mark 7:24-37. )

The passage begins with Jesus going to the region of Tyre and Sidon–about 50 miles northeast of where he's been working in the Galilee a...

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