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Pastor’s Epistle – Commitment

Commitment If you have been paying attention to the financial statistics in the weekly bulletin and the Church Board highlights in the newsletter, you know that for some time now our offerings have fallen short of our expenses. If this does not turn around, then we will get to a point where supporting the ministry […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – October

Many of you know by now of my intent to retire in May 2016. When I initially informed the congregation of this decision, I indicated that it has indeed been a difficult one. As a congregation, you have treated me well as your pastor and you have extended overwhelming support to Pat and me. Even […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – In Your Hands

Pastor’s Epistle In Your Hands Renowned author Toni Morrison told the following parable in a lecture before the Swedish Academy: An old blind woman lives on the town’s outskirts. Several children decide to fool her. One of them says he has a bird in his hands and asks her to tell him if it is […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – August 2015

Absolutely Fearless, Absurdly Happy, and Always in Trouble Dan West was the founder of Heifer Project International (now called Heifer International) and he was instrumental in developing many Brethren Service Programs in the twentieth century. West once said that people who follow Christ should be “absolutely fearless, absurdly happy, always in trouble.” This is an […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – July 2015

The Missing Epistle For a number of years now, the pastor at Green Tree has included a piece in the Greeter under the title, Pastor’s Epistle. This is an opportunity for your pastor to share some words of meaning or devotion or even a challenge. Some of you have commented on the Pastor’s Epistles that […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – May 2015

Expectations In early April, Pat and I put up a bluebird house hoping a family of bluebirds would build their spring nest there. We put the bird house at the right height and we had it facing east.  At first there was hope as we saw a bluebird sit on top of the house for […]

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Pastor’s Epistle – Patience

During a recent sermon, I quoted the following poem, “Patience is a virtue, catch it if you can. Seldom in a woman, never in a man.” This poem points out the differences between men and women by suggesting that women have more patience than men. Although in a general sense this may be true, I […]

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