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Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

If you love kids—and we do here at Chapel Hill—I have some exciting and important news to share with you.  First, I am delighted to announce that our new Director of Children’s Ministries, Paul Hargreaves, has arrived!  He and his wife Gina (who is teaching in our...

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Tags: kids, family ministries, children's ministries, family wing, paul hargreaves

Dog with a bone

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

We raised German Shepherd puppies on our little three-acre alfalfa farm in Yakima. My grandpa was a butcher and he used to bring bones for them. If you’ve ever watched a German Shepherd gnawing on a cow’s knee joint, you understand the saying, “Like a dog with a bone.&rdquo...

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Tags: for the city, dog with a bone

Can you hear me now?

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

I once had an alarm that would sneak up on me. When it first turned on, it was very quiet. Then, it would grow slowly louder and louder. In those wee hours, I would have dreams that included a faint beeping sound in the background until, suddenly, I realized that the beeping was my alarm and I...

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Tags: friendship, loving our neighbor, for the city, for people, 1-4-3, for gig harbor, for port orchard

I'm in!

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

It wasn’t on our tour itinerary. I don’t recall the first time I even heard it was possible, but when I found out—I jumped at the chance. It’s called the “Wall Walk.” You climb up steep stairs in an ancient tower near Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem...

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Tags: nehemiah, jerusalem, walls, i'm in, for the city, bless your city

A sabbatical announcement

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

My dear Chapel Hill family:

 I have often been asked by pastoral colleagues how it was possible for me to have remained in one church for more than 30 years. Of course, my first response is always, “They are a Sweetheart Church.” A close second is, “Have you ever...

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Tags: sabbatical, echo, for the city, port orchard, larry hackman, megan hackman

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