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Posts by Rev. Cheryl Garbe

Canoeing the Mountains

Over the past year, a number of clergy colleagues had recommended a book, “Canoeing the Mountains.” My stack of “recommended books” was high enough, so I was sure I didn’t need to add another book to the pile. Then our United Methodist Bishop Julius Trimble mentioned it at Annual Conference in June. There it was…

Lifelong Learners

On early mornings, I love to sit in the parsonage living room for my devotional time.  Now that school has started, one can see the yellow school buses whizzing by and picking up students in the neighborhood. I remember being excited to return to school — laying out a new dress, new school shoes, and…

Are We Like That Home-Grown Berry?

It’s strawberry season already! A church member showed up Sunday with a special treat—homegrown strawberries. He had picked and picked and then was kind enough to share from his rich harvest. As I washed the ones he shared with me, I marveled at just how beautiful these berries were. Not your grocery store variety that…

It’s hot outside!

It’s hot outside! Memorial Day was a record-breaking day of heat in Fort Wayne, Indiana! We attributed the high-90 degree weather as the reason we couldn’t seem to get the parsonage very cool. Later that evening, my husband discovered the compressor outside was making a strange sound and the a/c fan was not turning. What…

Finding Our Way Forward

It is a decisive time in the history of The United Methodist Church. The church has been at odds for years over the issue of sexual orientation, the definition of “marriage” and how all of that applies to the ordination and appointment of clergy in our churches. There are faithful men and women on both…

The Fifth Gospel

In the Bible, we find four gospels (“good news”)… Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  It has been said that the Holy Land, the place where Jesus’ ministry actually happened, is a “fifth gospel.” Taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, visiting the Mount of the Beatitudes, and walking in the Garden of Gethsemane…

The Power of Words

A recent article in the New York Times shared that “a judge in Virginia handed down an unusual sentence after five teenagers defaced a historic black school house with swastikas and the words ‘white power’ and ‘black power.’ Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided the youth should read a book. But…

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Over the years, we have all heard the famous words of wisdom like “actions speak louder than words”! The writer of the little New Testament letter entitled “1 John” said something related to that: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” It seems that in every…