Category Archives: Ministry

Pastor’s Pen: New Beginnings

Every year as the calendar turns from one year to the next, I always look forward to new challenges and resolutions for the year. Most of the time these resolutions revolve around exercising and trying to limit my Mountain Dew intake. However, this year I find myself looking back more than forward. Maybe you find...
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Pastor’s Pen – 11/27/14

Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday season is upon us. After a wonderful spring, summer, and fall, we were all surprised with the early arrival of old- man winter a bit too soon. The time for family, travel, dinners, and yes, naps and football are all put into place and planned for “Turkey Day.” This is a special...
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Pastor’s Pen – 11/20/14

By Brian Ochsner, Sully Christian Reformed Church pastor In her book, “Jesus Calling,” author Sarah Young writes, “When you are around other people, you tend to cater to their expectations—real or imagined. You feel enslaved to pleasing them, and your awareness of [Jesus’] presence grows dim. Your efforts to win their approval eventually exhaust you.” We would...
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Conquering Kilimanjaro: Jones reaches summit, grateful for donors and prayers

Part 3 of 3       Sully resident Julie Jones recently returned from Africa after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro through an organization called “One Child Matters.” She was part of a team of hikers, with each team member hiking for a different child. By Julie Jones Monday, Sept. 29 They woke us up at midnight (yeah, right, like we were sleeping?!?)....
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Part 2: Conquering Kilimanjaro

Part 2 of 3 (continued from Oct. 16 issue of the "Hometown Press")           Sully resident Julie Jones recently returned from Africa after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro through an organization called “One Child Matters.” She was part of a team of hikers, with each team member hiking for a different child. By Julie Jones Tuesday, Sept. 23 My roommate Janet...
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Ritter leaves New Zealand, heads to Solomon Islands to serve

Halfway through her five-month stint with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Lindsey Ritter is ready to put her learning into action. After spending 2.5 months in Tauranga, New Zealand, learning through lectures, Ritter has now entered the outreach phase of her time with YWAM. Her assignment? The Solomon Islands, where Ritter and her team will...
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Pastor’s Pen – 9/4/14

“If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them,” Matthew 18: 19-20. In this age of mega-churches, congregations often have membership numbers that total in the thousands....
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