Rustlings (October 15, 2018)

Rustlings (October 15, 2018)

What comes to mind when you read the following words: Calendar planning? Budgets? Committee meetings – Finance, Property, Personnel, Committee on Committees, etc.? (We have a lot of committees!) Hiring policies? Personnel policies? Conflict resolution? If you are...
Rustlings (October 8, 2018)

Rustlings (October 8, 2018)

It’s almost here, my favorite day of the year! This Sunday, October 14, is Children’s Sabbath, the day when our children lead us in worship. If you need a jolt of joy in your life—or a chance to witness staggering courage and true beauty and wide-open faith—I hope...
Rustlings (October 1, 2018)

Rustlings (October 1, 2018)

Every week or two, I hear about a church member who has muddled his or her way through one of life’s painful transitions without notifying the church. That means we were not able to offer them the pastoral care they were supporting through their prayers and funding...
Rustlings (September 24, 2018)

Rustlings (September 24, 2018)

It has been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I would add that absence makes the system stronger. A couple of weeks and Rustlings articles ago, I delineated for you the ways I will benefit from a time of sabbatical. I presented my path toward enhanced...
Rustlings (September 17, 2018)

Rustlings (September 17, 2018)

Have I mentioned my birthday is in September? It is September 22, to be exact. I realize we all have birthdays, and I’m aware that writing a weekly newsletter article allows me an easy venue for self-serving announcements and advertisements…such as, “My birthday is...
Rustlings (September 10, 2018)

Rustlings (September 10, 2018)

Consistent with our personnel policies, our Personnel Committee has granted me a sabbatical during the month of October. Many of you have asked (and they are fair questions), what will you do on sabbatical and how does this benefit you and the church? I’m calling this...