Notes on my reading during the past month

Gary D. Schmidt, Orbiting Jupiter  (Boston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 183 pages.  The family has one other boy, Jack. After getting off to a shaky start, the two become like brothers, watching out for the other. The story centers around what happened to Joseph in his past. When he was 13, he fell in love with … Read more Notes on my reading during the past month


A Prayer for God to Enter History

Jeff GarrisonMayberry and Bluemont ChurchesDecember 27, 2020Isaiah 64 At the beginning of worship, in preparation:  Jesus’ birth came at an interesting time. Luke provides the historical setting: Augustus ruled as emperor, Quirinius was governor, and a major census was underway. On one hand, it was a time of stability. But the peace was fragile, maintained by … Read more A Prayer for God to Enter History


My Installation as Pastor of Bluemont and Mayberry Churches

On Sunday, December 13, the Presbytery of the Peaks installed me as pastor. Normally, such worship services are filled with clergy from local churches, local politicians are invited, and there’s a big reception afterwards. Not this year. Not with COVID. First of all, we had to do it where we could maintain social distance. Neither … Read more My Installation as Pastor of Bluemont and Mayberry Churches