From the Pastor’s Desk on July 23

Best Years is a ministry of Grace Presbyterian that provides spiritual, missionary, educational, and social opportunities to people in our community. And, after many years of faithful ministry, Best Years is ending.

I am so proud of this ministry and grateful for the countless volunteers who’ve made it run for so many years. In recent years the programs were opened to all people, but older adults remained a special part of Best Years, and I am humbled by the ways people ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: July 9

There is a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 am in the sanctuary, and I hope you’ll attend. The purpose of the meeting is twofold. First, you vote to elect Karen Wagner to serve as a deacon, filling an unexpired term for the class of 2016. This meeting is typically quick and simple. The second part of the meeting is a little unusual.

You vote on extending me a call to serve as your pastor. Yes, I am already ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: June 25

Each August members of Grace attend the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, right here in Wichita. That introduction alone might be confusing. Willow Creek is a church in Illinois, but they put on a leadership summit that is broadcast all over the world. We attend at Pathways Church in West Wichita.

When I got here five years ago I was skeptical of this event. What could a mega-church in Illinois have to say that would relate to my life at Grace? ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: Preaching the Verbs

In early May I traveled to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, for a preaching conference. It was fun to be back on the campus where I’d lived for three years, and it was invigorating to engage with scripture alongside peers. The conference was called Preaching the Verbs. It was led by two of the seminary’s preaching professors, one of whom, Anna Carter Florence, was a favorite professor of mine when I was a student.

Anna’s emphasis in teaching for the ...

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From the Pastor’s Desk: May 11

There is an unofficial society at Grace, a society that no one wants to be part of, yet many are. It’s a group loosely bound together because they’ve experienced the death of a child. They do not get together for meetings, but once one recognizes another, and the connection is made, there is a bond.

Last year a colleague, Yvi, shared with me that she had led a worship service in her church, For Those Who’ve Loved and Lost. The service ...

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