News: St. Arbuck’s Chapel | A Blog by Rev. Jeff Gannon

St. Arbuck’s Chapel is a weekly blog space where Pastor Jeff tells us what’s on his mind. The name pays tribute to a certain coffee chain where he finds refuge and inspiration. His current project is the “Wisdom from Wibaux,” an ongoing series exploring the native wisdom of his hometown. As he says, “The village raised all the children. I will be forever grateful for the lessons I learned from these authentic, hard working, hard-living folk from Eastern Montana. It may take us a year, give or take a few weeks, to get through all the stories, experiences, and people for whom I thank God regularly.”

Date Posted: November 12, 2019


Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NRSV) 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that mortals may not find out ... READ MORE
Date Posted: November 5, 2019

‘Everything on This Table Has Mayonnaise.’ Funeral Food Stands Tall Against Change

By James R. Hagerty When someone dies in Tabor, Minn., Cheryl Novak knows what to do. “I make my bean hotdish because it’s a goer,” Ms. Novak says. It contains hamburger, bacon, kidney ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 30, 2019

Sticks and Stones

The book of James was written by Jesus’ brother (foster brother). It is one of the most practical of all the New Testament books. It has been said that James knew Jesus extremely well and ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 22, 2019

Religion Is on the Decline as More Adults Check ‘None’

Less than half of American adults attend church regularly, while 26% claim no religious affiliation Ian Lovett Oct. 17, 2019 10:00 am ET Religiosity in the U.S. is in sharp decline, ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 15, 2019


My Favorite Teacher’s Favorite Cough Drops In second grade, my teacher was Mrs. Marion Fasching. I loved Mrs. Fasching because she was kind, gentle, firm, and everyone knew who was the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 8, 2019

How to Preach to People’s Needs

Our mission of “Welcoming all persons to experience and share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus the Christ” is central to our being and doing as a congregation. I go a step further ... READ MORE
Date Posted: October 1, 2019

Therese of Lisieux

One of my favorite saints of the church universal is Therese of Lisieux, whose feast day was October 1, 2019. At the age of 15, she entered the convent and died at age 24 from TB. She made a ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 24, 2019

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

The Top Eight Signs of an Emotionally Unhealthy Christian Pete Scazzero A number of years ago I had to face the fact that I would never grow spiritually beyond my level of ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 17, 2019

The Hiding Place: Part 2

Last week, my friend Steve May told a story about Corrie Ten Boom’s struggle to forgive some friends who had taken advantage of her. (The Clanging of the Bell.)  Eventually, she ... READ MORE
Date Posted: September 10, 2019

The Hiding Place

A word of inspiration about one of my heroines, Corrie ten Boom. Corrie and her Dutch family sheltered as many Jews from the Nazi’s as they possibly could. Both Corrie and her sister were ... READ MORE