No power on earth or heaven can separate us from God's love. Not our sin, not any authority, not any spiritual force. God's love is unshakable and can always be relied upon.

Romans 8:38-39

January 2012

Ecclesiastes says "For every thing there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what has been planted." To that I would add "a time to say hello and a time to say good-by." That time has now come for Tom and I to say good-by to our wonderful church home at Killbuck and for you to say hello to your new pastor Ken Smailes.

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December 2011

You are cordially invited to a "Birthday Party For Jesus!"

Date: December 25th 9:30am
Place: Killbuck United Methodist Church
No Presents- Just YOUR Presence!

This will be our "Casual Sunday" where we come just as we are; sweats, pajamas, jeans or other casual wear. Please bring a breakfast item to share as we will start with breakfast, then go into the sanctuary for carols, a story or two, a few fun surprises and then we will conclude our party with birthday cake and ice cream and a piñata for the children.

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October 2011

If you could change one thing about the United Methodist Church what would it be? If you could change one thing about Killbuck United Methodist Church what would it be? Last month I wrote about change being in the air and this month I would like to continue with that theme and be a little more specific. Almost every journal and church related magazine I receive these days has at least one article on change: How we must change our attitude, our perspective, our look, our brand, our "way of doing things" to attract the unchurched. It seems to be a theme with all denominations as they chase the "numbers." Don’t get me wrong, I am firmly committed to the mission Jesus gave us of "making disciples for the world." But sometimes I think we get too caught up in the number game and we spend too much time changing who we are to be "all things to all people." Today’s secular culture is telling us that we are out of date, that we need to change our thinking and our ways; that we are out of step with today’s world and thinking.

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September 2011

Change; it is in the air. You can feel it, smell it and hear it. The air is crisper and smells of fall fruit, apples juicy and ripe for the picking, geese honking as they make plans to move, the locust humming in the evening light. Children protesting the earlier bedtime- school book bags packed and at the door.

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August 2011

I hope everyone is having a good summer. It sure has been a hot one, but we all promised a few months ago when it was so cold that we would not complain when it turned warmer-guess God is seeing if we all will keep our word! As the summer winds down and we hurry to get as much fun packed into our last few days of vacation, I hope you will take a little time to just enjoy all the bounty of the season; fresh fruit and vegetables, a quiet time just watching a sun rise or sun set, listening to the birds sing praise to their Creator and to take a moment to say thanks to God for all that has been given to you. Tom and I are grateful for so many things this summer, let me highlight two in particular: thank-you to our church family and the trustees in particular for getting the old rickety deck replaced with a new and improved version. We are anxious to try it out. And secondly, a HUGE thank-you to Jan Scheibe for his overseeing this project and cleaning out the gutters at the parsonage and doing some landscaping of the parsonage grounds. This on top of everything else he does for all of us at the church- I hope everyone knows how blessed we are to have such a good and faithful servant!!!

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