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: 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
Date Posted: December 10, 2019

Loss and Hope

Are you tired tonight?  For many, the holiday season can be exhausting under the best of circumstances.  All the gatherings, concerts, parties, gift buying, decorating, cooking, ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 5, 2019

Jesus Smiles

I was blessed by this article as written by my friend, Dr. Bill Gaultiere, who lives in Southern California and practices psychology with his spouse. He is a devout follower of Jesus and ... READ MORE
Date Posted: November 19, 2019

Christ The King

Luke 1:78-79 (NRSV) By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into ... READ MORE
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