Rings of Time

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth We should really start a book club for the church staff. Soon after Catherine shared an article that mentioned The Overstory by Richard Powers, six of us were reading (or had already read) the book. The novel weaves the story of various people …

Possible

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

For the last eight months, the church leadership has been listening to its members through a series of events: Centennial Conversations, First Impression Gatherings and a Feasibility Study. (See related article on results of that study on page 2.) But what I want to muse about is the theological or …

That In Between Place

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

A few weeks ago in the parlor after worship, one of the little girls in church came up to me with a very quizzical look on her face.  “I know that Easter is when Jesus rose and I know that Christmas is when he was born but what is Halloween?”  …

Unless Someone Guides Me

Lara Schopp Adult-ministry, Articles, Bible Study, Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence/Minister of Spiritual Formation There is a story in the early church of a man named Philip coming across someone reading from the prophet Isaiah in the Bible. Philip asks the man if he understands what he’s reading, and I love his response, “How …

Curious? Of course!

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

By Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care I re-learned an important lesson over the summer. As is almost always the case, I learned it more by happy accident than by design. The lesson, simply stated, is that we humans are naturally curious creatures. Recently I have had a lot of …

One Neighborhood at a Time

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

By Barbara George, Director of Membership Development How do you build Community? One neighborhood at a time. My 8th grade class consisted of 53 students; classmates I had grown up with and known my whole, long life. Together we entered our high school of 4,000…1,000 in our freshman class. This …

Introducing Roots

Lara Schopp Articles, Corey Meyer

By Rev. Corey Meyer, Director of Mission Partnerships A new thing is taking ground at Country Club Christian Church this fall! Last Sunday, a group of 12 met for brunch after worship at The Well Bar Grill and Rooftop in Waldo to kick off a new ministry called “Roots.” You …

Pulling Back the Curtain

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth One of the most surprising personal revelations I had in seminary was how much I liked sci-fi. It began when I devoured the entirety of The X-Files series during my sparse free time and continued with films and shows like 2001: A Space Odyssey, …