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    eCare: The Octopus Trap

    Some of you know that my mother, Jeanne Wolling, passed away into the presence of Jesus three weeks ago. Her death was not unexpected and, in truth, my brother, sister and I were relieved and grateful that her long period of suffering in ill health had come to an end  Read More...

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    eCare: Driven to "Insanity"

    One of my mother’s iconic lines she uses to reference people with whom she has a disagreement is “…(so and so) drives me to insanity!” I’ve always smiled when she said that in my presence and my delight at her vexation made her even MORE insane!   Read More...

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    eCare: "I Want My Way!"

    This week we are holding our annual Vacation Bible School ministry at Beverly Heights and, as usual, it is a great experience. Lisa Tyger and her assistant, Lisa Wahl, have done a wonderfully thorough job of preparing for this signature outreach to children   Read More...

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    eCare: That's Just Rude

    My sister, Barb, an avid reader of these eCares and a faithful supporter of my ministry through the years, recently questioned whether we were experiencing division or strife in the congregation occasioned by my pending retirement and Pastor Nate’s assumption of his ministry as senior pastor  Read More...

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    eCare: Lessons Learned on the Barbie-Jeanne

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad during this run-up week to Father’s Day. He went to be with the Lord 14 years ago but I find, much to my delight, that as time goes by my memories of him and of our times together are getting clearer and more well-defined.  Read More...

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    eCare - There is no "I" in LOVE

    It is often said by those who lead groups of people in business or athletics There is no “I” in TEAM!  A similar expression applies to the group of people known as the church – There is no “I” in LOVE!   Read More...

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    eCare- Be Ye Kind...

    Love is kind and love that is kind is one of the reasons why a local congregation thrives, particularly in times of transition, trial and travail. One is tempted to call “kindness” a characteristic of the love of which Paul speaks in I Corinthians  Read More...

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    eCare - Practice Patience

    I mentioned in last week’s eCare that the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, challenged the members of that congregation to love one another as the only way in which division, disharmony and strife in the church could be corrected or prevented. Here at Beverly Heights we are graciously free of such difficulties  Read More...

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    eCare - The Impotence of Cymbal Clanging

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal...Dear Friends in Christ, In last week’s eCare I promised I would use this forum to speak about Jesus’ call for us to love one another and to be guided by Paul’s famous I Corinthians 13 text.   Read More...

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    eCare - Reaching the Outer Marker

    This morning, for the first time, I sat down with a calendar and actually counted the number of weeks that remain in my pastorate at Beverly Heights. When I began almost 33 years ago...  Read More...