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: March 31, 2020

“That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief.”

Last week, I came across an article that I thought was excellently written and named so well what so many people are experiencing during this difficult days. The article appeared in the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 17, 2020

Quotes worth pondering

 “What is hope? Hope is certainty in a good future!” James Bryan Smith (03/15/2020 Sermon) “Hope is settled, unwavering confidence that God will not leave us or forsake us, but will always ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 11, 2020

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

When little John was about a year old, his parents noticed very thin fibers protruding through his pores. After another few months the fibers has extended themselves and began to form curls. ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 3, 2020


by Rabbi Friedman ©1990 by The Guilford Press New York London. Reprinted with permission. There was a man who had given much thought to what he wanted from life. He had experienced many ... READ MORE
Date Posted: February 25, 2020

Preparing for Lent

In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with ... READ MORE
Date Posted: February 18, 2020

Don’t Believe in God? Lie to Your Children

The alternative is to tell them they’re simply going to die and turn to dust. As a therapist, I’m often asked to explain why depression and anxiety are so common among children and ... READ MORE
Date Posted: February 13, 2020

Black History Month

St. Arbuck’s Chapel this week…. February is Black History Month. The longer I live, the more I realize the importance of Micah 6:8…”What does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, to ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 28, 2020

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Recently on Wednesday nights, Jim Smith led a study of “The Shack.” Movie clips were shown, quotes were extracted, and Jim taught the theology behind the words. Jim and the author, William ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 21, 2020

The Critical Importance of Church Choirs

October 10th, 2017 by Vince Wilcox Is the verdict final? Are church choirs going the way of pay phones and Blockbuster video stores? The evidence seems pretty convincing. . . From ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 7, 2020

Grief & Moving On

We have had a lot of loss in our congregation over the last year. You have heard me say on many occasions the importance of giving ourselves permission to grieve our losses. One of my ... READ MORE