New Folks Coming In

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One of the challenges in any transition is welcoming new folks in.  For sure with any change in leadership there will be rough areas and smooth areas.  Old leaders have their certain areas of expertise and new ones have different skills.  My predecessor, Fr. Don, had certain areas...

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Tags: church matters, new beginnings, transition

Looking Forward

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

One of the things that keep us all going is looking forward.  For sure we need to look back from time to time to make course corrections or we won’t be very effective in our journey.  But looking forward to the unfolding days ahead of us is important.   Looking back I feel...

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Tags: church business, going forward, hope, new beginnings, transition

Short-timer's Disease

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Transition times in our lives all have this quality.  When we are focused on some big event in our lives and the event draws closer, we may miss the immediate details.   It may be a simple thing like forgetting to tie your shoes or a big thing like looking both ways before crossing a...

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Tags: church matters, new beginnings, optimism, transition

Riding in on my Bike

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

   Riding in on my bike this morning, I celebrated the gift of creation and the gift of health.  As I felt the pull of the pedals, I was happy to push down and forward.     So it is with much of life; pushing down and pushing forward.  The fullness of life...

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Tags: christian life, future, hope, moving forward, work

Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary

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“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary” go the words of one of our favorite contemporary hymns.  Those words come to mind when I reflect on the world events of the past week. If there was ever a time to claim the concept of sanctuary it’s now.  With the fears of...

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Tags: hope, peace, sanctuary, terror, trouble

Survival in Alaska builds character

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

In my times of living up north, I realized that there’s a certain character building aspect about the place. If you decide to stay longer than a year, there’re certain things that must be done. Most importantly there’s learning to occupy your spirit, finding the things that...

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I knew I would see her

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I knew I would see her every trip I made to Petersburg. Every work party at the camp would usually involve seeing Emily who lived on Kupreanof Island just down the beach. Emily lived down the beach from our “Emmaus” camp in another little place, but didn’t have a good dock. So...

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BOAT is Only an Acronym

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Someone once said that the word boat is only an acronym for “Bring Over Another Thousand”. Having lived up north for 16 years and maintained a 23 foot inboard boat for all those years, I can certainly agree with the expression. Down here in Texas, if you have trouble out on the water...

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Hotel Room

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I was sitting in the hotel room in Greenville, Texas when the phone rang. I had been on a “tryout” visit down from Ketchikan, Alaska and was waiting for Steve Ramsey to come by and take me fishing on Club Lake. I kept looking out the window to see his vehicle maybe pulling into the...

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"Brother, Can You Spare $5?"

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“Brother can you spare 5 bucks?” was all I could hear as I was walking backwards down the road that day way up north above the Arctic Circle. I was walking backwards down the road that day because the wind was blowing and it was 10 below zero. When the wind blows it finds little...

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