One of the things about moving—whether cross-country or across the county—is that the unpacking continues for long after the move. There was a canvas bag of stuff that I took out of my dresser as we were getting ready to leave Carmichael. For the past four months it sat unopened. At first, it was on…

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Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals;…

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“When the day of Pentecost had come, [Jesus’ followers] were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind…. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them…. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as…

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Letter from the Interim Pastor The question most asked of people in interim ministry is, “What is an interim pastorate?” The short answer is: It is the ministry that comes between called pastors. It is how a church gets from what came before to what comes next. The longer answer is that an interim pastorate…

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A Last letter from Pastor Phil As you look forward to a new year and a new minister at Pioneer, I hope you are thinking of the new possibilities. When we were saying goodbye to each other as my time at Pioneer was ending, I heard a common theme among the many stories shared. What…

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I guess you could say I am stubborn about being stubborn. There are simply some aspects of my character I refuse to change. I dig in my heels and say that no matter what happens to me I am not going to change certain aspects of my character. I refuse to stop loving. I refuse…

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