• Outlook Features 21 hours ago

    Fertile soil, faithful hands

    Fertile soil, faithful hands

    by Rick Morris Early in the morning last December I awoke to a call from my classmate Kiko. A fox had gotten into the hen house. Literally. We tromped through the field with our shovels and boots to the garden where we first became friends and where work now brought us together. We re-dug the fence, hoping our work would avert another attack on the chickens. When we returned to my apartment for a hard-earned breakfast, we talked about the connection between our food and faith, our work in the… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 21 hours ago

    I LOVE Vacation Bible School, and I am not ashamed to say it!

    I LOVE Vacation Bible School, and I am not ashamed to say it!

    by Loli Reiter
    Nothing brings me more joy than to transform the sanctuary into the new, exciting location in which our VBS will take place… a laboratory, an underwater submarine, or a jungle (as this year required). The vines were hung by the sanctuary with care in hopes that the children soon would be there! There were stuffed animal monkeys and lions and bugs hidden and posed in every crevice. And everything stayed in place throughout the week as children sang, danced, played and crafted! I think MY heaven will be a VBS… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 2 days ago

    Why I listen to Christmas music in July (and August)

    Why I listen to Christmas music in July (and August)

    by Jenny McDevitt
    This may be one of the more inflammatory things I’ve said in awhile: I listen to Christmas music in July. In recent weeks, this practice of mine has come under fire on Twitter and Facebook. Liturgical loyalists and sentimental, seasonal adherents alike cry foul in my general direction. I understand. Really, I do. It used to be one of my strictest rules: no Christmas before Thanksgiving. No decorations, no music, no shopping, nothing. It was inherited instruction, deeply rooted in family tradition. Thanksgiving was a day of turkey and pie… continue reading...
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WCC commission leadership selected

GENEVA - At the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC), leadership of the Council’s consultative bodies was announced. These bodies will steer through the work of the WCC in accomplishing the call from its 10th Assembly to engage in a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” The WCC assembly was held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in the fall of 2013. The Rev. Susan Durber from the United Reformed Church in United Kingdom is among the leaders of the WCC’s consultative bodies. She will serve as moderator of the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order. The Rev. Mvume Dandala of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa will serve as moderator of the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, while Rudolf Eduard von Sinner of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) will lead the Commission on Ecumenical Formation as its moderator. The WCC’s Echos Commission -- on youth in the ecumenical movement -- will be moderated by … [Read more...]

I LOVE Vacation Bible School, and I am not ashamed to say it!

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Nothing brings me more joy than to transform the sanctuary into the new, exciting location in which our VBS will take place… a laboratory, an underwater submarine, or a jungle (as this year required). The vines were hung by the sanctuary with care in hopes that the children soon would be there! There were stuffed animal monkeys and lions and bugs hidden and posed in every crevice. And everything stayed in place throughout the week as children sang, danced, played and crafted! I think MY heaven will be a VBS that never ends! (I say “my heaven” because I know that for some, VBS is located exactly the opposite of heaven). All week long, we talked about the nature of God, as in who God is. We chanted that God is creator, provider, protector, savior and king… and that “I can count on God!” We had a little over 40 participants, which for our church is pretty good, especially knowing that only about a dozen of those kids are regular attendees! It truly is one of our church’s best … [Read more...]

Fertile soil, faithful hands

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by Rick Morris Early in the morning last December I awoke to a call from my classmate Kiko. A fox had gotten into the hen house. Literally. We tromped through the field with our shovels and boots to the garden where we first became friends and where work now brought us together. We re-dug the fence, hoping our work would avert another attack on the chickens. When we returned to my apartment for a hard-earned breakfast, we talked about the connection between our food and faith, our work in the garden and our work in the classroom. A church in Philadelphia. A youth group home in Trenton. A divinity school in Connecticut. The same thread that connected Kiko and me connects each of these diverse institutions. Each place cultivates vegetable gardens as a key part of their mission to care for and nurture human souls. Beyond providing good food for local communities and a break from the daily grind of office life for over-worked employees, these gardens create unique spaces for … [Read more...]

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Interim Associate Pastor

Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, is looking for an interim associate pastor. Primary duties include leadership of our young adult ministry (ages 22-40) and coordination of our Sunday morning 9 o'clock worship service. The service is a casual, 45-minute service that draws on a variety of musical styles. Communion is celebrated each week. The interim associate pastor also shares in other pastoral duties, including hospital visitation and teaching. Second is a 1,800-member congregation deeply anchored in the values and commitments of the PCUSA. View our website at secondpreslr.org. Email your PIF to [email protected] Second Presbyterian Church 600 Pleasant Valley Dr. Little Rock AR 72227 secondpreslr.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Solo Pastor

“Seeking a match made in heaven? We may be it!” Grace Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, Florida, is a culturally diverse congregation situated in a stimulating university town. Established for sixty years, GPC seeks a pastor who will lead us in joyful worship and walk with us in our faith- filled journey of serving others. We pray for a pastor who will double our joy and divide our sadness as he/she ministers to our beloved multigenerational church family. View our MIF #20120. AB0 at pcusa.org/clc. Send your PIF, résumé or questions to [email protected] Grace Presbyterian Church 3146 NW 13th St Gainesville FL 32609 gpconline.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]