Posts By: Donna Olendorf

In the pulpit this fall…

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The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term… Read more »

Fear Not!

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By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask”… Read more »

The times they are a-changing

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Jeff Wescott

By Jeff Wescott As a “change-averse,” person, I am unnerved to think about the changes of the past few years.  Catherine recently had a mercifully brief encounter with cancer, which taught me what fear really meant.  Our youngest daughter has emerged from a cocoon of fear and self-loathing to educate others about the dangers of… Read more »

Looking ahead

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By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden As we prepare to say good-bye to Carlton, with gratitude for his faithful service to our parish, we are also looking ahead.   Apart from a few weekends this fall, we have supply clergy for all of our services through Christmas, and we are working on filling those gaps as well…. Read more »

Vestry minutes – 7/18/2017

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2017 vestry members (Clockwise from top left): Maria DiStefano-Post, Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt, Jeff Wescott, Bill Smith, Karl Bastian, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Grace Holl, James Deaton, Sue Kelly.

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  Ann Hackett, Parish Administrator Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley is out of town. Prayer and Check-in: Clare opened with prayer… Read more »

Vestry minutes – 6/20/2017

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2017 vestry members (Clockwise from top left): Maria DiStefano-Post, Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt, Jeff Wescott, Bill Smith, Karl Bastian, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Grace Holl, James Deaton, Sue Kelly.

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott(Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another. Scripture… Read more »