INTERIM MINISTRY THOUGHTS

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

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...

August 30, 2018

A story in my local newspaper described how students would find a new room in the high school this year. It would be, according to the article, a space that encouraged innovation and collaboration–much-needed skills in today’s workplace and educational settings. Tables...

August 23, 2018

Presbyterians are in the Reformed tradition of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther represents one wing of the Reformation and Lutheranism reflects certain beliefs and practices associated with the famous reformer’s work. 

John Calvin, the French reformer whose wor...

August 16, 2018

About two months ago, my wife and I saw the preview for the Mister Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” We both cried… for the preview! Two grown adults in a movie theatre tearing up over a movie about a children’s television show host?!?

A one-line review per...

August 9, 2018

"What do we do when something makes us sad or depressed? We turn away from it. When the thing that's depressing is information, we say, I don't want to hear about it. Social scientists call this behavior information aversion. More commonly, it's called the ostrich effe...

August 3, 2018

First: The transition "timeline" in the fellowship hall now has "check marks" on completed tasks.

Secondly: The team in charge of gathering congregational and community data has begun its work. All households will receive a survey in the mail which is to be completed an...

July 26, 2018

A Capital Campaign (seeking funds to pay for the repairs and expansion of the parking lot) is just getting underway. Tom Surgalski, Chair of the campaign, will speak to the congregation about this fund-raising effort at both services Sunday, July 29th.

The goal is to ra...

July 18, 2018

The Men’s Room (aka men’s group) has just finished reading Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels. The author details the diversity of beliefs that arose in the early years of Christianity and the ways various church leaders quashed beliefs that didn’t adhere to an “orthodox”...

July 12, 2018

Gordon McKenzie was a VP at Hallmark, a position he attained after many years in the creative departments at the company. His book Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace is one of the best leadership books I've ever read. Filled w...

July 5, 2018

Last week I explained the purpose and nature of the ministry study Calvin Church will be engaged in. This week I offer a graphic explanation (see below).

Those wanting to know what the study will "produce" can see from the above that a ample data about the congregation...

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