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September 28, 2009

Reflection for the Week- September 28th 2009

A sign of reluctance may be a virtue, not a lack of conviction. Pastoral sensitivity is careful to seek to meet people where they are. This is far from relativism and closer to compassionate community. We all face life in the midst of death, hope in the midst of despair, joy in the midst of sadness, and courage in the midst of fear. Demanding that “in the midst of” disappear will destroy tension and our arrogance will rob us of the truth.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 21, 2009

The Bellevue roof project is going strong.

The Bellevue roof project is going strong. Once all the tiles, dating back to the 1940s and 1960s were removed, the real damage became apparent. The two sides of the roof had rotted wood underneath, no doubt from many years of water infiltration. Good thing we did this now as roof tiles could have started cascading off the roof anytime. Appreciate your prayers for safety and God's provision for this massive job.

Be sure to look at the pictures we posted last week. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

Reflection for the Week- September 21st 2009

The disintegration of words is a common occurrence in our times. “I love that car or that movie” is okay, but perhaps it risks trivializing love. While woefully inadequate, words are often all we have to express ourselves. This means that intentionality and care for words are important.  If we don’t cherish words, no one will.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 18, 2009

Photos of the new Roof on Bellevue

The scaffolding is up and the replacing of roof at Bellevue has begun this week! Here are some photos to show the progress. These were taken today, September 18th, 2009.

photos: John Doherty

September 14, 2009

Reflection for the Week- September 14th 2009

The stench of niceties proliferates in many churches these days. We have nice music, nice clothes, nice buildings, nice toilets – why we’re just nice and even nice to each other. Simply delightful, it might be said - those church goers are such nice people. Let’s stop being “nice” and start to be gracious, kind, compassionate, forgiving, and loving.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 07, 2009

Reflection for the Week- September 7th, 2009

One of the stark warnings in the biblical story is to be careful of self-deception. Be it from false prophets, false teachers, the religious elite, or ourselves, we have to reckon with the ever present danger of being deceived. Our sufficient, but incomplete way through this dilemma, is the unending giveness of God in creation, revelation, Jesus Christ, the Spirit, and existence itself.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery