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#1
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
February 01, 2024, 11:27:22 AM
Thank you so much! We used to have season basketball and football tickets, and the 2005 run to the championship game is a very fond memory. I had a handful of coaches and assistant coaches in my congregation, including the head basketball coach at the time, who, with his wife, continues as a dear friend. Wonderful memories.

Have a blessed Lenten season!
Donna
#2
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
January 05, 2024, 09:25:52 PM
That is a very kind thought. I sometimes miss the conversations here it's generally been pretty civilized. And I do miss the sisters!
#3
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
January 05, 2024, 10:29:49 AM
How very kind you all are! And it is lovely to share a Christmassy moment with you.

I have been navigating the waters of widowhood with God's loving care, often manifested through my neighbors and colleagues.

Very happy to receive this warm welcome. Who knows, you may have set yourselves up for more frequent visits from me.

Blessings to you all!
Donna
#4
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
January 04, 2024, 12:01:10 PM
Thank you so much!
#5
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
January 04, 2024, 11:47:24 AM
Thank you, Pastor Fienen!
#6
Your Turn / Re: Howdy and Happy New Year
January 04, 2024, 11:36:28 AM
Thank you!
#7
Your Turn / Howdy and Happy New Year
January 04, 2024, 11:30:51 AM
Every three or four months I like to pry into the Forum to see how you boys are doing. I see a few new names but mostly the same old gang. Reassuring and satisfying. (I am satisfied that staying away is the right decision!)

This year I celebrated the 40th anniversary of my ordination. I am still in the same part-time interim I have served since 9/15/19. No, I had not planned on staying so long. I have announced my retirement for July of 2024. I am ready and would like to enjoy, to the extent I can, whatever days of decent health are left to me.

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead. Blessings to you.

Donna

 
#8
Your Turn / Re: New CPH Large Catechism
February 01, 2023, 04:29:18 PM
Quote from: Rev. Edward Engelbrecht on February 01, 2023, 02:23:14 PM
Quote from: GalRevRedux on February 01, 2023, 01:20:24 PM
I still lurk occasionally around here. Nice to see that the forum remains a constant in our ever-shifting world.

8)

Donna

Welcome back. We're you leading a congregation through the pandemic? Wondering how things went in your area.

I am still in interim ministry. Have been in my current congregation as interim for 3+ years. For 11 months I managed two congregations, and, thankfully, the churches both were flexible to accommodate the schedule.

Because my congregation during pandemic is very small and not tech savvy, we went without worship for a few months. To those with internet I would send links for area churches that had livestreams, as well as lessons and prayers for the week and also links to YouTube videos of hymns appropriate to the day.

Did the best I could, considering.

Donna
#9
Your Turn / Re: New CPH Large Catechism
February 01, 2023, 01:20:24 PM
I still lurk occasionally around here. Nice to see that the forum remains a constant in our ever-shifting world.

8)

Donna
#10
Your Turn / Re: St. Paul Lutheran Seminary
July 15, 2021, 08:53:42 PM
Not sure what to tell you. I served on the Board of Directors some years ago. I don't think Rev. Julie Smith is on this forum, but she serves as  academic Dean I believe.

I resigned the board when I was elected to the Board of Regents of the North American Lutheran Seminary.

Here is the website:

https://semlc.org/

Donna
#11
Quote from: Coach-Rev on June 10, 2021, 11:08:18 AM
Jeff simply notes:

now 17+ pages of regurgitating the same arguments that have been used by both sides time and again.  Might it be time to shut this one down?  Moderators, what say you?

Please.

Amen.
#12
Quote from: Weedon on June 01, 2021, 02:58:09 PM
I think the point Peter was making is that this not an "endless controversy" but "settled matter" depending. It is absolutely settled for the church historically speaking; and now it is absolutely settled for revisionists or progressives or whatever the current name is. The point is, Donna has no intention of being convinced otherwise. Nor do I. It's not that we don't understand each other's reasonings; but that understanding them, we reject them. To her, I am in error. To me, she is in error. This is never going to change, until the day we stand before the Throne and all error is lost in the light of His shining truth and holiness.

This may sound strange to you, but I have never thought of this as a matter of being"in error" or not. I can live with differences in interpretation and practice. Maybe that is my ELCA roots coming to light. I do realize that, to LCMS folks, "WO" (how I adore that abbreviation - not) is a matter so egregious as to be heretical. Yet the NALC, my church body, has built an amicable and respectful relationship with the LCMS in spite of the presence of many like me within its ministerium. Yes, some matters are non negotiable - we agree about that. Anyway, I am not interested in rehashing the old pro and con stuff, it's been done to death around here. We all just talk past each other, you're  right about that too. I leave it to God.

Dr. Phil often asks "Would you rather be right or happy?" when dealing with broken families. Clearly being right is the most important thing in some parts of the church's broken family, too.

I simply thought it was a worthwhile read, insightful and enlightening. No agenda, hidden or otherwise.

Donna
#14
I have fond memories of presentations by Dr. Dawn at several synod assemblies and also, I believe, at an ELCA Churchwide ( or it could have been an ELCW Convention, I am old), and I have found value in her writings. I really enjoyed "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down," as well as "The Sabbath."

This thread is a great reminder of why I don't read or post much here anymore.

Mother's Day blessings to those who celebrate.

Donna
#15
Quote from: Charles Austin on May 01, 2021, 02:14:10 PM
And if that is the first thing you want to tell a congregation, you have seriously lost sight of what that first thing ought to be or what the best thing is. That is a sad introduction. Where I, God forbid, a bishop or an assistant to the bishop in the Synod, that pastor would be in my office the next day. And since most interim calls are under the bishops authority, that call would be rescinded. Not necessarily because of who or what that person is sexually, but because of what importance they attach to it.

Thank you, Charles. I appreciate your response.

Donna
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