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Emma’s Confirmation

by Martha Brunell

I like receiving confirmation calls from my physician or dentist.  Occasionally I, like any of us, find myself with a schedule change.  Confirmation calls save me if I have forgotten to write down the pertinent details in the first place.  I confirm with my spiritual directees within the day before our meetings.  Years ago a […]

Corn Mentor

by Martha Brunell

Many Mayfield people contribute to the care and maintenance of our beautiful land.  Midweek the Front Yard Gardeners work – June, Marlo, and Wilma.  There is Team Butterfly laying out the Monarch Waystation behind the parsonage – Diana, Joyce, JT, Peggy, Terry, and all who have or will help them with mulching and planting.  Throughout […]

Partners

by Martha Brunell

Vital twenty-first century congregations operate in partnerships.  We have multiple mission partners down the road, throughout the state and nation, and across the globe.  We walk with a broad community of CROP walkers.  Our denominational offerings and participation in this fall’s one read book connect us with UCC members in our thirty-nine conferences.  When we […]

Back To School

by Martha Brunell

Monday and Tuesday of this week I helped my younger daughter Molly prepare her classroom for the beginning of the school year.  She is a first grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and has moved to a new grade level, in a new room, on a new floor.  We had plenty of back-to-school work […]

Loving Neighbors

by Martha Brunell

I receive a short post every day called Daily Compass.  This morning’s was about neighbors.  It stated that neighbors are random people residing near us who get their mail about the same time we do.  We come in contact with them whether we like them or not.  If we take Jesus’ message seriously, we are […]

Corn for Sharing

by Martha Brunell

Buried in coupons, schedules, quotes, magnets, and announcements on the front of my refrigerator, is a reminder postcard for this year’s Sondra King Memorial CROP walk on Sunday, October 19.  The 2014 walk is being hosted by Federated UCC in Sycamore.  The CROP walk is well supported by Mayfield people.  Mayfield farmers were among the […]

Barbed Wire Inspiration

by Martha Brunell

All four approaches to the Mayfield Church are beautiful, traveling east from Annie Glidden on Aldrich, or west from Five Points on Aldrich, south from Baseline on Church or north from Old State on Church.  There are quiet stories, questions, reflective pauses, and the rhythms of seasonal change tucked along all four of these routes.  […]

Table Time

by Martha Brunell

The Christian story has tables at its core.  For our Jewish forbears, hospitality, welcome and food offered to strangers or sojourners, was a foundational value.  In that spirit, we often hear about Jesus eating with others, especially others who customarily didn’t find a place at the desired tables in their culture.  Every time we gather […]

Wilma’s Butterfly

by Martha Brunell

During last Sunday’s announcements, Wilma told a smile-filled butterfly story.  A few days earlier she and others had been gardening around the church.  At one point when Wilma was near some of our stray milkweed plants, she recognized a single monarch butterfly dive bombing the milkweed.  Wilma expressed the thought that the butterfly was amazed […]

Spirit Like the Wind

by Martha Brunell

The wind is relentless on the prairie.  It blows uninterrupted across a handful of states before it arrives in Mayfield Township.  Mostly I enjoy its presence.  A mighty wind has long been recognized as a symbol of the spirit in our midst.  If you find that symbolism to be meaningful, then you can’t help but […]