STEWARDSHIP IN THE SMALL CHURCH A Reflection by H. Fred Bernhard

The following post is taken from the Canton Chronicle, Vol 2017 #4.  This article was written by the editor of The Canton Chronicle, Martha Harr. 

If you haven’t perused eBrethren, an online Brethren publication, try it sometime. It provides thought-provoking topics through the eyes of many Brethren. You may even recognize some of the authors, especially if you have attended any COB Annual Conferences. The author of the article excerpted here is an example of an extremely likeable and knowledgeable Brethren figure. When Harold and I went to Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands to attend the 300th anniversary celebration, Fred was in charge of leading our travel group and keeping us all “corralled.” That was quite a task, but he succeeded. Fred is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and has served as a pastor and interim pastor in many congregations.

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Dignity Passion Groups Update, June

The following post is taken from the Canton Chronicle, Vol 2017 #4. 

Dignity: Fostering wholeness, balance, and peace through respect of God’s creation. 

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DE Ponderings, July 2017

The following article is taken from the IL/WI District Church of the Brethren newsletter  ¨The Reflector¨ July 2017, Volume 14, Issue 6.  If you´d like to subscribe to the Reflector, please leave a message in our contact box and we will have one sent directly to your inbox. 

Approximately one month ago, I served as the moderator for a public forum on the State Budget Impasse, which was held in the community of Canton. The forum focused on educating persons within our county about the adverse effects the state budget impasse was imposing on school districts, nursing homes, community colleges, and other social agencies, all of which depend on state funding for operational needs. Persons no longer receiving services from these agencies or who were likely to no longer be served as a result of the impasse stood to lose the most. For those of us who put the forum together, the impasse posed not so much a political matter but more so a justice issue.

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This Sunday, July 23: Is it A Weed?

Sometimes weeds are obvious, but not always. In an immature stage, a productive plant may have a similar appearance to a weed. Pluck the wrong one and the crop hoped for vanishes. Leave both and there is a glimmer of hope for a crop.

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This Sunday, July 16: Soil is the Difference

Want a lot of produce from the garden? Know the soil into which the seeds are sown. Want a productive life? Know the vessel into which wisdom is placed.

*Join us this Sunday as we hear from Pastor Kevin and special music from Tammy Weaver.  We are  in the 6th Sunday after Pentecost; the season which celebrates the birth of the church. Let us know of any questions you might have in the comment box on our “First Time?” page. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Blessing Box Mission Moment & Update

The following message about the COB Blessing Box was read during the Mission Moment portion of service on July 9, 2017.  The Blessing Box is being used regularly and in need of resupplying.  Anyone able to donate, especially toiletries and diapers, please bring items to the Canton Church of the Brethren located at 269 E Chestnut Street Canton, IL 61520. Items will be stored in the old quilting room located in the back of the Sanctuary.

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State Budget Impasse Forum, Audio Podcast

With the recent passing of the IL State Budget, it’s a great opportunity to revisit our recent State Budget Impasse Forum held at Canton H.S. This was a joint effort between churches, schools, and various community leaders. You can now listen to the forum through our church podcast or online at our church website (The video of the forum is still online as well thanks to Mark Bixler).

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