Ramblings from Pastor Ken

As the title says, these posts are ramblings from Pastor Ken. They can be movie comments, interesting books to read, local musicians, or simply observations of how God works in our day to day.

Conversations With Noelle Kroese – God Doesn’t Always Walk Us Down the Easy Road

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Ramblings from Pastor Ken

    What can we say? We hear about it, we read about it, but when we actually meet someone who has decided to give up all the comforts of modern day living to follow the path that God has laid out for them, it’s a sobering experience. Such was the case with our time Sunday with Noelle Kroese. Come December, Noelle will be returning to the orphanages of Kenya to help with the meager education system in that war torn country. She has left her employment as an elementary teacher and is selling her home here in McMinnville to follow a calling that, quite frankly, would scare most of us to death. Yet, she is committed. “There are no books and very little supplies,” she said. “Everything we need has to be carried in by hand because the government is so corrupt that they would confiscate everything that might come to us by mail.” And the stories continued: armed guards, political unrest, and corruption at all levels of government. But it is the children that bring her back. “I have to go,” she said. For those who missed Noelle’s visit with us last Sunday, it was an inspiring moment. I am happy to say the Noelle has tentatively agreed to meet with us in late August to present a Power Point presentation and answer any further questions we may have about this incredible journey of faith. Stay tuned for details as they are finalized.   Peace, Pastor...

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Music at the Guthrie Park Community Center

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Ramblings from Pastor Ken

6/26/2016 Last Friday, I sweet talked Margie into taking a trip south of Dallas to the Guthrie Park Community Center. I promised her the opportunity to hear some great music from the local musicians and singers who congregate there every Friday evening at 6:30. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had a feeling that it would be similar to some of the community “jam sessions” I used to attend in southern Ohio and W. Virginia where folks seemed to come out of the woodwork with fiddles, dulcimers, banjos, and who knows what to get together and make music. These sessions often went on for a long time because no one wanted to leave until they had sang every song they knew – and trust me, some of the old timers knew a lot! When we arrived, the music had already begun. The three who led the session were on the stage and before them in a semi circle, were 15-20 folks with every instrument you might imagine. I put my guitar down by the door in hopes that no one had seen me carry it in. I didn’t want to butt in at this point – I wanted to enjoy it. And enjoy it we did! Fiddles, mandolins, banjos, accordions, guitars, and even a tin whistle all joined in for 3 1/2 hours of pure “O, wow — I haven’t heard that song in years.” Next time, I’m going to get brave and join in. I swear it. But first, I’d better brush on the some of those great old songs that I cut my teeth on many years ago. To find out more about events at Guthrie Park visit their website by Googling Guthrie Park Community Center, and maybe we’ll see you there. Blessings,...

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