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Our worship series on the Book of Revelation will be jumping around quite a bit to look at the book more thematically than narratively.  This makes sense because going straight through the book would both take far longer than a month and would likely lead to the overwhelming feelings that many of us have experienced when trying to make sense of all the imagery used in Revelation.  One of the parts that we will miss, however, is a section in chapters 2 and 3 where the narrator delivers messages from Christ to seven early Christian communities.  These brief letters to the seven churches are...

As many of you may know, my name is Chris Pedersen and I will be interning at Columbus Mennonite for the next year. I have been able to introduce myself to many of you but for those I haven’t yet met, hi! I was asked to write the blog for this week so then I could give the congregation another opportunity to get to know me more. I love talking about food. So, I decided to write my first blog about food.
This past summer I worked on MTSO’s (Methodist Theological School in Ohio) organic farm, called Seminary Hill Farm. I had never worked on a farm before but I loved what the farm was...

Last summer we selected twelve scriptures that guide our understanding of the Bible and the life of faith.  The scriptures were the basis of our summer worship series and continue to be colorfully displayed in the church foyer and on our website.  But since the Bible isn’t all love and peace, we also named “difficult passages” which seem to either confuse or contradict our dearest values.  Last October we had four weeks to focus on two of those themes: the subjugation of women, and violence.

One of...

Last week I attended a pastor peer meeting in the Bluffton area.  It was the first time Renee Kanagy, the new pastor of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, where I pastored before Columbus, was a part of this group.  Over the course of conversation Renee mentioned that she lived in Columbus from age three to six, attending Neil Avenue Mennonite Church (the former name of Columbus Mennonite Church).  I’m also aware of two other pastor friends who attended this congregation at some point in their young lives – Karl Shelly, one of the pastors of Assembly Mennonite in Goshen, Indiana; and Marty...

Last Thursday we had an abbreviated September Church Council business meeting in order to use our time doing something else.  Our goal was to listen to what the Spirit has been doing among us and discern if there may be an area to which our congregation might be called to give extra attention in the coming year.  Present were the leaders of Commissions – Worship, Mission, Community Life, Christian Education, Facilities, + Shepherding Team, as well as church staff.

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