Category Archives: Parson to Person

Parson to Person April 2017

“Watching Eggs Hatch” A number of you asked me to share (in this week’s Wednesday Alert) what I said in last Sunday’s sermon about dealing with change. There’s not enough room to print the whole sermon, of course, but the … Continue reading

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Parson to Person – Sweet Sorrow

For those who missed Sunday’s service on “Sweet Sorrow” ~Tony Larsen I will be retiring as your minister at the end of 2017, probably around Christmas. We all knew this day would come, but it’s a little earlier than I … Continue reading

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Parson to Person January 2017

“When the Gift Is in the Eye of the Beholder” When I was in college I had a friend who made “poster” art – that is, pictures with inspirational sayings inked over a multi-colored background that he designed with strips … Continue reading

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Parson to Person December 2016

“13 Reasons for Hope” A number of you asked for a list of the “13 Reasons for Hope” that I mentioned on Sunday, November 20th. The whole sermon would be too lengthy to include in this space, or course; but … Continue reading

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Parson to Person November 2016

Indonesian Thoughts on Gratitude Last month I wrote about some of the things I leaned in Indonesia when I spent several weeks there three years ago, thanks to a gift from the Teska family (and the gift of time from … Continue reading

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Parson to Person October 2016

Indonesia’s Daunting Drivers Many of you know that, because of a donation from the Teska family – and a donation of three weeks’ time off from the church! – I was able to visit Indonesia three years ago and experience … Continue reading

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Parson to Person September 2016

What Balloons Can Teach Us in the New Church Year Every once in a while someone leaves me a bouquet of balloons in my office for my birthday, holiday, or other celebration. The great thing about helium balloons nowadays is … Continue reading

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Parson to Person, July 2016

“Silence in the Sanctuary?” Some months ago our Director of Religious Education, Leann Pomaville, reminded us that “A church with no crying is a church that is dying.” That invited a lot of reflection on many people’s part. Some of … Continue reading

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Parson to Person June 2016

“Clever Clergy Clothing” In last month’s “Parson to Person” column I mentioned a variety of clever cards I’ve received, which tickled my funnybone. Today I thought I’d mention two recent gifts – T-shirts, actually – that I especially got a … Continue reading

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Parson to Person May 2016

“Clever Clergy Cards” Sometimes one of you sends me a card that reminds me of my role as your minister. Frequently it tickles my funny-bone. One recent one was a birthday card that showed a traffic cop pulling over a … Continue reading

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