Snow Days

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

By Lara Schopp, Director of Communications The snow crunches under my running shoes. I exhale a white cloud, inhale ice crystals. My fleece, thermal socks and ear warmer have coordinating bright orange details. I have cabin fever and have decided frigid temps, gray skies and slush-covered streets won’t keep me …

Reflections on Pathways

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

Anne Haraughty, Ministries Coordinator If you were fortunate enough to attend Pathways to Learning last Sunday morning, you may still be digesting the information that was presented. Pakou Ker, Principal and Lead Organizer of the Tseng Development Group, led the first of two sessions concerning racial equity. She challenged us …

Staying Informed

Lara Schopp Staff Messages

Lara Schopp, Director of Communications W hen Glen Miles was the Senior Minister, he used to tell a story about good-hearted and well-intentioned lay leader who was passionate about a church project. “Glen, we’ve got to tell more people about this. Nobody knows it’s happening. We need to promote it. …

The World Turns

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

Paul Cutelli, Director of Technology “…I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, …

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

By Lara Schopp, Director of Communication A photographer friend once told me that to get one good photo, you have to take 100 shots. This was back before every mobile phone came with a decent quality camera, and I was still shooting film using 24 or 36 exposure rolls. Today, …

We Are Filling Buckets

Lara Schopp Articles, Children & Families, Connect, Staff Messages

By Lisa McCleish, Director of Early Childhood Programs The preschool classes are using the children’s book How Full is Your Bucket? as part of their curriculum this year. The book explains that every person has an imaginary bucket; when we say nice words, share toys, and help our friends or …

Participate

Lara Schopp Articles, Connect, Serve, Staff Messages

By Barbara George, Director of Membership Development I can still hear those words in my ear: “Life is a participatory sport.” All I had to do was look around and I’d see all sorts of opportunities. In our home something always needed to be done, so at any outward sign of …

So, Whats New?

Lara Schopp Articles, Connect, Music Ministry, Staff Messages

Dr. Paul Tucker, Co-Director of Music Each year, at this time, I find myself struggling with conflicting thoughts. School is about to begin again, and while I know from past experience that I won’t hate every minute of my teaching job, I never really feel prepared for what is to …

9:01 Creator’s Place

Lara Schopp Articles, Children & Families, Connect, Staff Messages

Lindsay Howes, Director of Children’s Ministries We have been planning and talking and preparing for weeks now for the Creator’s Place for children during the 9:01 service. We were hesitant to commit to certain ideas or crafts or activities until we knew what to expect. Then finally, we realized, we …

Two Steps Toward Inner Peace

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

By Paul Cutelli, Director of Technology Peace – /pēs/ – noun – freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. In the tumult of everyday living, I have noticed I lack peace in my life. From the stresses of deadlines, troubling current events, dramas, and an inundation of information, I often find myself …

A July Full of Music

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Staff Messages

By Dr. Dina Pannabecker Evans It’s a thrill for me to be able to share some recent, extraordinary musical experiences with you, thanks to the support of the Country Club Christian Church congregation. On July 3, we sponsored an organ concert as part of the American Guild of Organists National …

A New Perspective

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

The friends we were traveling with suggested a guided bicycle tour. Never in a million miles of travel could I have convinced my husband this was a fun idea…

The Future Is Bright

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Staff Messages

By Elizabeth Pfalzgraf, Assistant Director of Children and Student Ministries Last week we said “see you soon” (not goodbye) to our fearless leader Chuck Pickrel, as he ventures forward in the journey that God has called him to take. We will miss him dearly, but I know that he will continue …