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A word to the wise

Posted by Kenny Lee on Tuesday, November 17, 2020,

Growing up, I remember that older people continually urged me to enjoy my childhood and youth. Like many of you, I longed for a time when I could chart my own destiny and engage the world independently. Marrying young allowed that to happen much faster than I thought.

When you are young, it seems like everyone feels a need to offer-intentioned advice that never quite seems to fit. Those same adults that counseled patience and presence at the moment said something that I always found confusi...


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Reflections

Posted by Kenny Lee on Tuesday, October 20, 2020,
Approaching this article every week is a two-edged sword. Writing is both an opportunity to communicate as well as a responsibility to be a truth-teller. On my best days, a piece is a combination of both. Perhaps this will be one of those times.

During my weekend, I spent some time at my sister Loretta's house. Currently, her new job as a mortgage processor supervisor allows her the flexibility to work from home. Because of the pandemic, she opted for her -year-old to attend classes virtually....

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Inspection

Posted by Kenny Lee on Monday, October 12, 2020,

The first four years in ministry were spent as an associate pastor. This role gave me a lot of flexibility and served to prepare me to be a pastor. Often I was surprised at the cynicism of senior staff members towards an annual reporting/meeting known as charge conference.

When we finally launched out into fulltime ministry at Berryville UMC, I began to understand for myself why they dreaded it so much. The report itself is fairly comprehensive in nature. It is designed to ensure that building...


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Back to normal-ish

Posted by Kenny Lee on Wednesday, October 7, 2020,

Last week I wrote my newsletter article from home. Our entire family was tested last Monday, and gratefully everyone tested negative for the virus. When the results came in on Wednesday, there was a collective sigh of relief and hugs all around. Honestly, the whole episode was a severe shock to our sensibilities.

Leigh Ann Guest went above and beyond, helping us navigate the complexities of preparing to address the testing. She called with our test results, answered all of our questions, an...


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Empathy

Posted by Kenny Lee on Tuesday, September 29, 2020,

Oxford Languages defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Up to this point, we’ve been on the outside looking in. Our faith community is more than empathetic towards those who have been adversely affected. You don’t need to watch the news to know that people who lost earnings, employment, businesses, personal liberty, and peace of mind during the last six months struggle to recover their equilibrium.

Persons who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or...


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Are we there yet?

Posted by Kenny Lee on Thursday, September 24, 2020,

This nostalgic phrase in the American language came into common usage when cars became an accepted mode of transportation in this country. Its been so much a part of my life, it probably made the top-ten list of all-time worst questions to hear from anyone in the passenger seat. There are emojis, memes, gifs, and even a movie made by the same title. These four words, apparently the perpetual question, make frequent appearances in cartoons, books, and yes, even church newsletter articles.

Th...


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The mantle of leadership

Posted by Kenny Lee on Tuesday, September 15, 2020,

Passing the mantle

Looking at the book of Exodus over the last couple of weeks, we hear about the actions of God as he delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. Exodus provides the story of Moses, giving an account of his life from infancy to end of life. God not only saves Moses as an infant, but his becoming an adopted member of the royal family means that Moses receives the best education Egypt could offer. Little does he know how much he will come to need every ounce of educatio...


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Labor Day

Posted by Kenny Lee on Tuesday, September 8, 2020,

Looking out of the backdoor, I can see that the September sun is making heat distortion that makes my view of the church look a little wavy.  A slight breeze ripples through the yellowing stalks of a quickly drying field of soybeans. Soon the combines will be stirring up dust in that field, bringing in the harvest for another year.

Saturday, Penny and I went to Stuttgart via St. Charles and State Highway 153, where farmers were busily cutting corn and rice. Tractors pulling grain hoppers wer...


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Pastor Kenny Lee


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