I think many of us are still processing the new reality that our church is in a time of change. The announcement that pastors Mark and Toby will be leaving our congregation is a time for looking back at what has been accomplished in the nearly three years that they have been with us; and also looking forward to how we are to be faithful to God's call in the future. What are the constants in our life together as First Presbyterian Church Valpo? One key thing that binds us tog
It has been said that the only thing that does not change is change, itself. Change is a constant in life. One thing that we can count on is that change is inevitable. We've all experienced it. No sooner do we get used to a stage in the lives of our children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews than suddenly, they are onto something else. We become accustomed to the pace of our jobs only to find that-again, quite suddenly-there is a new project, a new timetable. We accept the fact th
Now that we know our beloved Pastors Mark and Toby are leaving, a sense of sadness envelopes our church family. They may have been here a shorter time than either party expected, but sometimes things just happen differently than anyone might anticipate. (SAD NEWS) But, their time with us was good and we are all better for having known them. (GOOD NEWS) As I understand the circumstances that were in play, Pastor Mark was truly 'called' to his new position with the organization
Tracy and I have decided to test our mettle this fall. We have signed up to run in the Valpo half marathon. Actually, we had decided to do this feat way back in June. Part of that decision was to join a runners training group. Tracy had done this in her preparation to run the Ringing in Spring run in April. She enjoyed the extra-mile group and recommended that I participate in the training for the half marathon with her. I have to admit that I was hesitant about the idea.