Support For Prevention of Violence

Posted on May 25, 2022 by Jeff Parker

I remember my mother coming home from seeing her dead 19 year old son’s body. A soldier, yes; Her baby, absolutely.  She sank to the floor of our dining room…

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Crystal Workdays

Posted on April 25, 2022 by Jeff Parker

HELP OPEN CRYSTAL FOR CAMPING Friday May 20 – Sunday May 22Monday May 23 – Wednesday May 25 — by special arrangement Bring a GROUP from your church EXPERIENCE the…

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Reclaiming Our Call

Posted on February 15, 2022 by Jeff Parker

Lenten Worship Resources to Spark Transformational Conversations Reclaimed lumber can make spectacular furniture. The nail holes and scuff marks from the former use of the wood adds depth and character….

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Closing Observations

Posted on December 20, 2021 by Rev. Eugene James

The passing of time brings about a myriad of changes that affect our very existence. I’m beginning to understand that a profound change in my life approaches as I prepare…

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A Call to Action: The Time is Now!

Posted on June 11, 2020 by Rev. Eugene James

Dear Members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada,   “How long, O God, will you hide yourself from sight? … Remember that I shall…

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Eastertide Concerns

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Rev. Eugene James

Greetings Sisters and Brothers, Holy Week this year was unlike any we have ever experienced as a result of the stay at home mandate from the Governor in response to…

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Pastoral Word: Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Rev. Eugene James

Dear Colleagues,             To say that we are in the midst of profoundly challenging times would be a gross understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust us into circumstances and situations…

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Reflection: There is a Time

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Rev. Eugene James

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) When First Christian Church Battle Creek suffered the devastating loss as the result of embezzlement, it was the time  for the Regional church to respond to the unspoken Macedonian call to come to the aid of a sister congregation.

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Reflection: Praise Report – 1st Christian Battle Creek

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Rev. Eugene James

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) The “We Are Family” campaign for First Christian Church, Battle Creek has been an inspiring success. More than $17,000.00 has been given so far to assist the congregation in recovering from the embezzlement of all the money in their bank account.

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REFLECTION: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Rev. Eugene James

Sadly, actions by the Supreme Court and the Justice Department have weakened and, in some instances, turned back the clock on the hard-fought accomplishments of the Civil Rights struggle to…

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Reflection: Freedom isn’t Free

Posted on November 11, 2018 by Rev. Eugene James

“Freedom isn’t free.” The freedom we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America has been and is defended and protected by the women and men serving in the…

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Crystal 100 Anniversary Thanks

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rev. Eugene James

After much planning, preparation, discussion, and the hard work on the part of many people, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Crystal Conference Center has come and gone, but the…

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