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Let’s pray for God to move!

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

We seem to live in an age of ever-growing discord and uncertainty. Political, economic, and social concerns dominate our news feeds and divide our families, creating hurt, fear, and anxiety in our lives. But we are a people of prayer. Last year, Chapel Hill spent a significant amount of time...

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Tags: gig harbor, national day of prayer, community prayer

My very first sermon

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Way, way, waaaaay back, before the dawn of time, when I was a college freshman, I was invited to serve as the part-time youth director for my home church in Yakima, Westminster Presbyterian. I made a whopping $150 per month and thought I was in hog heaven. And believe it or not, in that...

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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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Tags: epc, gig harbor church, leadership, mentoring, leadership cohort

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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