Ponderings

How Many Does it Take to Change?

I’ve got just four quick “change-a-lightbulb” jokes for you.  How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?  Only one, but the lightbulb must truly want to change.  How many brewers does it take to change a light bulb?  One-third less than for a regular bulb.  How many amoebas does it take to change […]

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It’s The Only Planet We Have

Last weekend, three of us from Family of Christ – Carlye Peterson, Dave Thomsen, and me (Pr. Josh) – attended the always stimulating and enjoyable Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly.  Along with the camaraderie over coffee or meal breaks, and along with the hallways full of displays, we experienced worship together, and speakers and reports, music […]

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Go and Do Likewise

by Guest Ponderer, Leann Thompson, Director of Faith Formation “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (from the Parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke […]

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Holy Humor Day

I read about an ancient monastery tradition that scheduled a holy day of laughter and joy for the Sunday after Easter.  I suppose when a place has some very strict rules about prayer times, keeping vigils, and vows of silence, it probably helped to have an official day for holy joy, with permission from on […]

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It Is Finished!

Y’all, life has been hard lately. I’ve been student teaching in Houston, Texas this semester and it has definitely brought some challenges. I was teaching in 5th grade for eight weeks, and now have been teaching high school Spanish for the last five weeks. Recently, student teaching and the edTPA (my assessment portfolio to get […]

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Say “Yes” to God

Whew! I have officially hit the ground running here at Family of Christ and already I am learning to save time and breath by referring to this new home as FoC. I am so very excited and energized by this new call in ministry. But then again, it wasn’t my idea. Let me explain… Everyday […]

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Get Ready to Meet the New Associate Pastor!

Good news everyone — Pastor Kimberly Buffie has responded to our Call to serve us as our Associate Pastor—and she said yes!  That is terrific and exciting news, and what’s more, she can start with us as early as Palm Sunday, April 14.  She and I recently met to work out some calendar issues, and […]

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Just a Drummer in a Rock n’ Roll Band

I came across an interesting little story about a drummer in England named Gordy Marshall who struggled for a dozen years to try and break into the music scene.  This was back in the 80’s & 90’s.  He auditioned to be a touring drummer for a number of big acts, but always came in second […]

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Introducing Pastor Kimberly Buffie

Though last Sunday had some snowy bad weather, we still held our specially-scheduled all-congregational meeting which began at 10:20 am, and ran for about twenty minutes.  Vice-President Kate Miner invited the Call Committee Chairperson, Laura Oman, forward, and we also had the whole Call Committee stand to be recognized and thanked.  They had begun this […]

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Called to the Cross

Have you ever had a song get caught in your head and it seems to keep playing over and over again?  This has been the case for me these past few weeks.  You might guess that the song stuck in my head was “Under the Sea,” because that was a great number from the church’s […]

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