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 20, 2018

Say What You Need to Say

As we ponder the passion of Christ … I am always reminded of my own mortality. Ash Wednesday reminds us we are mortal beings and Lent helps us realize we are beautiful creatures of God but ... READ MORE
Date Posted: March 6, 2018

A challenge for Lent

Lent is a distinctively Christian time for spiritual growth and development. Historically, the universal church has asked followers of Jesus to focus on three specific areas: the upward, the ... READ MORE
Date Posted: February 27, 2018

The Tide Always Comes Back

Do you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist? If you want to know what you really are, look at what you say and look at how it is said. As the late and great Maya Angelou ... READ MORE
Date Posted: February 13, 2018

Getting Ready for Lent

This is a great guide for making Lent more meaningful!  I hope you join me, as we prepare for this special time of Lent. Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Read Matthew 5: 1-12 Ash Wednesday ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 30, 2018

Good News and a Tip on Parenting

A friend of mine, Steve May, recently shared with me about a phenomenon I could hardly believe. It is so easy to fall into the trap of believing “The Sky is Falling” in every realm of our ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 16, 2018

The likeness of God

Frequently, I have people say to me, “Pastor, I am no longer going to watch the news. It is too negative and it makes me feel sad and mad.” As we have all heard, “Bad news sells.” But, there ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 10, 2018

The Love that Moves the Universe (Vlog)

A Conversation with Pope Francis, Astronauts and Dante In this week’s vlog, Pastor Jeff reflects on an article he read in Sojourners magazine. Pope Francis called the International ... READ MORE
Date Posted: January 1, 2018

A Rule of Life for a New Year

Have you created a spiritual growth plan? We have growth plans for our physical health, financial wellbeing, and work goals but I want to encourage you to create what the early church called ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 19, 2017

Taking the Risk to Trust

Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you! When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax! Such are the risks of life” (NLT). ... READ MORE
Date Posted: December 12, 2017

Word of the Week: Miracle

The Advent word for this week is miracle. I believe in miracles. I really do! With God’s help, I truly believe, all things are possible. Nothing frustrates me more than the attitude, “It ... READ MORE