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Wow that felt good…for a second!

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Two years ago, we sold our house of 28 years and, for the first time in our lives, were debt-free! Wow, that felt good! Of course, we turned around and bought our fixer-upper dream home and are back to chipping away at a mortgage. (Aggressively, by the way! Dave Ramsey would be proud.) But for...

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A Year in Cohort Delta

Posted by Julie Hawkins on

When I spoke to with the chair of our presbytery’s Ministry Committee, he told me that I have two gold stars by my name. One is because our presbytery is committed to raising up women in leadership, and I happen to be a woman. The second is because I am under the care of Chapel Hill. In...

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Taken for Granted

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

I wish it were not so but, honestly, I’m not sure how it can be otherwise. Namely, that which becomes familiar to us begins to be taken for granted. For instance, it was my blessing to be raised in a “Leave it to Beaver” kind of family. (Translation-“Leave it to...

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The Easter Stupor

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Every year in the week after Easter, I walk around in a haze…an Easter Stupor. We pour so much into being ready for the greatest celebration on the calendar and, having done so, I feel spent…as does every member of our wonderful team. But it is a glorious stupor because you realize...

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Out of the pit

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Many, many moons ago, I was with my church high school youth group on a trip down the Oregon coast. We stopped at one particular beach that was famous for its rocky formations, including deep pits and caves. We tumbled out of the bus to begin exploring. Not long into our adventure, I noticed a...

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