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The Hyde Out

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Miss Maudie mean by “sometimes the Bible in hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of-oh, your father”? -Miss Maudie (To Kill a Mockingbird) In the church I grew up in it was not uncommon to refer to The Holy Bible as […]

From the Table 11-8-15

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A book of wanderers. This past week, we heard the story of the Wandering Aramean, the one who came through the desert, whose descendants were enslaved and who heard the liberating voice of God. This Sunday, we’ll hear the story of two more characters from the Bible who sought out refuge in a  time of […]

From the Table 11-1-15

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A Saint. With mud on her shoes. Just a week or so ago, I received the news of the death of Dr. Linda Rea, a professor at Hiram College, where I attended school. Dr. Rea was a beloved teacher, an activist-scholar, and a person of both deep faith and deep questions. A communication and media […]

From the Table 10-25-15

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What matters I so loved gathering with so many of you for lunch on Sunday as we celebrated the completion of our “Measuring What Matters” Campaign. Gathering around the table, both in worship and in a celebratory meeting, offers such rich symbolism to how we do ministry together. As I visited with folks over lunch, […]

From The Table 10-4-15

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“Your young shall see visions, and your old shall dream dreams” —The Acts of the Apostles 2:17b (Paraphrased) I’ve been spending some time with the book of Acts in preparation for Sunday’s sermon. It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible, as it tells the story of the early church, its struggles, its unique […]

Mark’s Musings 9-22-15

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Friends, I’m about mused out.  You are ready to receive your new pastor and I’m ready to be home with my lovely wife.  In closing, I want to share a few housekeeping items: As was the case with Paul’s leaving, my break with the congregation will be complete. This is part of our Disciples Code […]

Mark’s Musings 9-20-15

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As much as I would love to include the name of everyone who has been so very kind to me during this transitional journey, I cannot, for fear of overlooking or missing someone.  Suffice it to say, that your words and acts of kindness have touched both Susan and me. We are grateful.  Yesterday’s wonderful […]

Mark’s Musings 9-9-15

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One of my tasks to complete here at FCC is to put together a narrative budget, the story of how our contributions (of all kinds) are transformed into ministry and mission. Some see this as tedious work. But it is quite the contrary. Rather than crunching numbers into particular lines of a budget, I get […]

Mark’s Musings 9-6-15

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Measuring What Matters.  That is the theme of this autumn’s stewardship emphasis.  Beginning soon, you will hear from various members of FCC about what really matters in their lives, and how they give expression to measuring those priorities.  Through mid-September and into October, we will reflect upon the mission of this congregation and how each […]

Mark’s Musings 8-9-15

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Last week I talked with a friend about this congregation’s call of a new settled pastor.  His immediate response was this: “Well, what’s your next gig?”  The next comment?  “I guess you guys never really retire, do you.”  My friend’s comments give me pause.  Do we ever really retire from our professions/vocations/jobs?  Health and a […]