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Nov 2005

I keep a mental list called, “The Things I Didn’t Learn in Seminary.†It is a long list. At the top is “Dress Up Like A Pilgrim and Herd Goats.†My four years in seminary (most people do it in three) was understandably not enough time to learn how to be a pastor. As with all vocations we learn most through on the job training. But, I never dreamed that the job would include pilgrims and goats. Each year at CCH we hold a Pilgrim Thanksgiving Festival. Through this we honor our......

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22
Nov 2005

One of my father’s favorite phrases is, “pitch in.†This is usually said when it was time to clean the garage, or for company to arrive, or to help a friend move some furniture. When dad says, “let’s all pitch in,†it means get to work. I don’t mean to coast along on nostalgic sentimentality, but pitching in seemed to be a common activity when I was a child. Like watching TV together, or spending holidays at the relatives, when something needed to get down it was just expected that you would......

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20
Oct 2005

For five years I served as an associate pastor of First Plymouth Congregational Church in Englewood, Colorado. The senior minister of the church was the Rev. Stuart Haskins. During the time I was there Stu was beginning to plan for his retirement. At one point I asked him how long until he retired. He answered, “It’s only three stewardship campaigns away.†Stewardship is the church word for fundraising. It is a good word for the activity. To be a steward is to care for others and the land. As stewards, church people......

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06
Oct 2005

This is meeting week at CCH. The first week of the month is filled with night meetings. Monday night it was the Trustees, Tuesday Church Council and Wednesday Outreach. Each one starts at 8:00 and I usually get home around 10:00. This means these are also late nights to bed. I come home all jazzed and so stay up watching TV or reading until I can relax and go to sleep. Night meetings are an essential obligation of the job. This is a congregational church and that means the congregation is in......

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30
Sep 2005

If Sundays can be compared to sundaes this week is a parfait. There is a lot going on at CCH. During our 10:00 service we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday. My sermon will reflect on the expanding nature of community in our lives. We will also collect the Neighbors In Need offering during church. This is a special offering to assist in the United Church of Christ work for domestic ministries of compassion and justice. You can read more about this at ucc.org. There will be special envelopes in the church......

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30
Sep 2005

Dear Friends, It may not appear evident to you, but you are viewing a huge advance in the use of technology at The Congregational Church of Huntington. I’ve been writing these e-updates for better than a year. Each week I muse about some church or life event and the current activities at CCH. I then send them in a mass emailing to members of the congregation for whom I have addresses. This seems to have served a need for members to stay up to date. (And, some people even write back to......

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