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In October of 2019 I began working on a quilt I had agreed to make, but had delayed starting.  Nearly eleven months later, it is finally finished, and has been sent to the people who asked me to make it.  They are delighted with the quilt.

During that time life has gone on: time with family, other projects, gardening and storing garden produce for the months ahead, and working from home during COVID-19. 

If you are a person who likes numbers, here are some about this quilt.  It is 108" x 120" and has 72 blocks with 24...

“A work of art offers a paradoxical liberation: it is something that changes everything while being perfectly useless in any ordinary sense...Art’s role in the contemporary world may well be precisely to be un-useful, to reveal the importance of uselessness in our lives.  You can’t eat a painting.  You can’t do anything except stand before it, know the world differently, and walk away changed.  That’s what a painting can do, what a poem can do.  Art halts the mind’s unthinking plummet and lets you see the...

August is the time of year to prepare for harvesting—fruits from the trees and grains from the fields.  It's also a time of reflection and projection for me.  As I consider the recent request from the Leadership Team for a First Fruits Giving commitment for 2021, I appreciate the role that CMC plays in my life and the hope I have for our congregation in the coming years. 

My personal involvement in church programs focuses on maintenance projects, occasional singing in ensembles, cutting squares for the Piecemakers, and organizing the school kits...

For good, or for ill, money has power, and it speaks for us.  For this reason, we offer our financial giving intentionally.  Just as in a growing season, from planting to harvest, we plan our giving upfront, so that it speaks to what we value, believe, and support.  So where we give, you can hear our voices.

In 1981 we graduated from Goshen College.  Since that time we have been annual contributors to express our gratitude and show that we value that place.  As students we always heard about the “constituents” and the power they had.  They...

The kitchen floor was nearly covered.  I had just put all the groceries away and there they were, plastic bags puffed in a pile like cumulus clouds.  I scooped them up and tried to stuff them in the cupboard where the rest of the bags were stuffed.  The door didn’t want to close.

I keep reusable bags folded in the car and rolled up like sleeping bags in my purse.  It has always seemed like a fairly easy way to reduce the use of plastic.  But, they can’t be brought into stores and used right now because of the pandemic.  It only takes a few of...

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