October 18, 2020

We have been speaking into other circles this last week.​  Last Sunday, we filmed the Layreading and Sermon on ​Facebook Live.  That’s all I knew we were going to film.  I didn’t realize this, but we also filmed communion, and our communion video started getting a lot of views. In communion, I talked about unity, not only for us and our families, but unity for Michigan.  We prayed for unity between some of our offices. All three Branches have been involved. … Read more

October 16, 2020

I was actually honored to be interviewed by an emerging pacesetter in mental wellness supplements.  This is from our informal Facebook Live. 3 Mental wellness Recommendations from a Therapist My wife Crystal is doing fantastic in her fairly new mental wellness venture, to the point of catching the eye of the executives.  She is part of an integrative, supplements company that is truly unique, and is raising the bar.  She primarily advertises through Facebook (F.B.). Jared & Crystal Ingle 3… Read more

October 12, 2020

The following video is our congregation’s communion observance (10.11.20).  My actual notes follow the video.  However, with the state of Michigan this week, I felt led to offer some consoling remarks and a call to prayer and unity.  Part of those remarks are in the section Partial transcription of communion.  I have also added a couple of official statements that I found and shared on social networks in Related | Tragedy averted in Michigan. Honestly, I’m grieved that political agendas… Read more

October 10, 2020

I culled down this article from a reaction paper.  We were given this open statement to support or disagree with.  “The doctrine of the ‘epiklesis’ in the Eastern Rite provides a more adequate place for the work of the Holy Spirit in worship than was found in the Western Rite.”[1] This is a communion topic.  However, the topic narrows to the epiklesis, which also narrows again into historical views of transubstantiation.  Although my research is more extensive, this article offers glimpses… Read more

October 6, 2020

Levi Pennington grew up and started a career as a teacher and a reporter.  Eventually, he was called to Indiana to pastor.  From there he became the President of Pacific College, not far from Portland, Oregon.  Pacific College eventually became George Fox University, one of the most respected Evangelical schools on the West Coast. 140th Anniversary series Snapshot of Our Heritage CLICK HERE Greetings from Former Pastors CLICK HERE Rev. Doug Shoemaker, IYM General Superintendent CLICK HERE Pastor Jared Exploring Our History… Read more

October 3, 2020

We welcome our General Superintendent, Doug Shoemaker.  He is retiring at the end of the year as the leader of Indiana Yearly Meeting (IYM).  He is going to be returning to his first congregation as Pastor.  Historically, we have had some Pastors from Long Lake Friends Church (LLFC) who have come and gone, and then come back again to Pastor for a second term.  So it’s wonderful for Superintendent Doug that he is able to go back to his first… Read more

September 29, 2020

This Sunday, our congregation celebrated our 140th Anniversary.  Since this is quite a feat in our day and age, I’ve decided to do a brief series on the highlights.  This piece shares some greetings from former Pastors. Although I’ll probably post the video presentation, but if you would like to read a brief Snapshot of our Heritage CLICK HERE Please check back in for more of our history and the events of the day, including a sermon from Rev. Doug… Read more

September 24, 2020

140th Anniversary Snapshot of Our Heritage Long Lake Friends Church prepared by Pastor Jared September 27, 2020, 10 am Our History Long Lake Friends Church (LLFC) was started by Friends (Quakers) from Randolph County, Indiana, who moved to Grand Traverse County in the late 1870’s as loggers.  Paul Collins, our Presiding Clerk, is a descendant of one of these families. Another family of loggers moved here in 1883.  The Penningtons were from Amo, IN.  They had 10 children, and their… Read more

September 22, 2020

Kingdom Joy First Facebook Live Key Text | Romans 14.17: For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. FREE sermon notes CLICK HERE There are some unique aspects of this particular sermon.  The first is obvious.  It is not a slide show, but a “live action” sermon.  I discuss that more in the Mevo section below. The second is that this is a part of Romans that I consider to… Read more

September 19, 2020

Irenaeus may not offer a theology of re-calling but there is a mystery in the communion, an “invocation of God,” that changes either its meaning or our reception of it. “Which was the more developed position on the role of the elements in conveying the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Justin Martyr or Irenaeus?”[1] There are a couple of considerations for this question.  First of all, Irenaeus of Lyons is the student of Justin Martyr so it is possible that… Read more

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