Faith Community CRC in Beaver Dam, WI has always found meaningful and creative ways to connect to their community in mission. Recently, this required the church to decide whether their next pastor would be full-time.
“We were right on the edge of being able to afford it,” recalls Bruce McMurry
A figure skater finishes her routine at a competition, and fans flood the ice with stuffed animals and flower bouquets. Sometimes, so many gifts are thrown from the stands that “sweepers” help clear the ice. Who really needs that many teddy bears? What’s the point?
Remember Leona Helmsley? She’s the hotel magnate who achieved infamy as the “Queen of Mean.” By most accounts, Helmsley earned this moniker because of her winner-take-all approach to business and even her family.
But Helmsley made her biggest splash with the final settlement of her estate.
For many years, philanthropist and art patron Agnes Gund lived with Roy Lichtenstein’s famous painting “Masterpiece” over the mantle in her Manhattan apartment. She made news in 2017 when she sold it for $165 million to hedge fund manager Stephen Cohen.
By Rev. Phillip Leo, Church Communications Director
When I started seminary, the first required course was “Prolegomena,” which loosely translates from Greek to mean, “Here’s what you say before saying anything.” This makes me laugh now. Truth is, I needed that lesson!
It’s not just flattery. You really are the total package. Your desire to walk with Jesus is growing. The fruit of the Spirit emerges and operates in your everyday living. Your prayers are sincere and your care for others is sacrificial. Praise God, you are a totally new creation!