DE Ponderings, September 2017

Taken from September 2017 edition of “The Reflector” (a publication of the IL/WI Church of the Brethren District Newsletter)

I have an appreciation for the writings of Vernard Eller, one time professor of Religion at the University of LaVerne, primarily because his views are cutting edge and sometimes cutting. I never knew him personally, but I gather from his books that he was a person comfortable in his own skin even if what he said or wrote stirred thoughts and emotions in others.

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Is it a Weed? – 7.23.2017

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.

Sermon Title: “Is it a Weed?”

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Date: Sunday July 23, 2017

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“The Financiers”

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. -Luke 8:1-3 


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From the Pastor’s Desk, August 2017

This article was taken from “The Canton Chronicle” September 2017, Volume 2017: Issue #6.

Tammy and I recently made our first trek on the new walking/bicycle trail that extends from Lakeland Park to Wallace Park. I’m not sure why we waited so long to check it out. It’s a peaceful place to walk while enjoying the beauty of nature.

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Choir Begins September 10

The Canton Church of the Brethren Choir begins Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 8:45am in the Fellowship Hall. A highlight of the choir season will be our joint cantata Candles and Carols with Trinity Lutheran on December 10. The music program was mentioned on our church survey as a congregation favorite. If you have been considering joining us, this would be a great year to do so. For more information, contact Carol Davis by email,

DE Ponderings, August 2017

Article taken from “The Reflector”  a publication of the IL/WI District of the Church of the Brethren August 2017 Volume 14, Issue 7.

I enjoy reading, especially a novel in which the author delves into a variety of subjects relevant to our human condition. George Saunders does this spectacularly in Lincoln and the Bardo. He is also, in my view, a master at character development. These two literary accomplishments alone put the book high on my list of good reads. However, one particular scene in Saunders’ novel sheds brilliant light on a matter that has been coursing through my mind most recently, which can be articulated best with a question: In all of our human diversity, what will open the door for us to exist in harmony while still holding on to and utilizing our unique identities?

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Brethren Newsline: Children Disaster Service deploys teams to 3 cities in Texas

Article taken from Church of the Brethren Newsline August 31, 2017

Mary, one of the CDS volunteers, holds a baby at one of the

Photo by Pat KrabacherMary, one of the CDS volunteers, holds a baby at one of the “mega shelters” in Texas. She is one of dozens of Children’s Disaster Services volunteers being deployed in response to Hurricane Harvey and the flooding caused by the storm. The response will be the largest in a decade for CDS, according to Brethren Disaster Ministries.


Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is now deploying teams of volunteers to aid children and families in shelters in three Texas cities: San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. “We have 24 people as of today and another 30 will be arriving over the next week to replace those teams,” reported CDS staff.

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