Compassion First

Patti Noyes, Parenting Instructor What to write?  When asked to write this article I thought, “Okay, how hard can it be?” Well, my brain has come up with a couple of thoughts but nothing that really seemed earth shattering.  But think about it…life is generally not earth shattering. I’ve been a pastor’s wife since 1972.Continue reading “Compassion First”

By the Sound of His Voice

Jackie Plunske, Marketing Team Lead When I was young my dad brought me to a beautiful field on the edge of a forest he often visited. It was quite a trek through the woods, but eventually you stepped out onto a small cliff overlooking a sunny meadow with lovely little towns and hills in theContinue reading “By the Sound of His Voice”

Be A Doer

Andrew George, Board Treasurer Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (KJV) James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. ” (KJV) I’ve had the great opportunity toContinue reading “Be A Doer”

Just Get Started

Maria Thompson, Events Team I’m struggling writing this post. I’m mainly struggling to write this because I’ve been approaching it with some vague expectation of receiving a burning bush moment from God about EXACTLY what he wants me to put out there. Some new, supernaturally revelatory, yet gritty, down to earth, and refreshingly relevant nuggetContinue reading “Just Get Started”

All in God’s Timing

Pastor Derek Irvine, Board Vice PresidentAssociate Pastor at Vernon Advent Christian Church My family and I have lived in the area for six years. We moved here from the mountains of Virginia after serving at a wonderful church for the previous five years. My wife and I, both from New England, are enjoying being backContinue reading “All in God’s Timing”

Walking New Paths

Margie Donaldson – God has a way of bumping us out of our routines. He writes changes into our days that create opportunities for us to choose to trust him more fully, depend upon him a little more than the day before. As a result of one of these patterns of change, I moved away from a place I called home that I dearly loved. There, I was surrounded by woodlands with hiking trails and quiet little ponds to sit alongside. Read More…

When Faith is Stronger than Fear

Gail Veenama – A missionary friend once said that Christians don’t retire, they just retread, so as I prepared to retire at the end of 2014, I wondered where God would lead me to serve Him in retirement. Because family is something I am passionate about, the ministry of Branches is one that I have prayed for since it began many years ago as Lifeway. Read more…

Branches on the Move…

Gary DeHaas – I moved back to Vermont in 2017 to pastor a local congregation. It had been 30 years since we last called Vermont home. We noticed many changes but perhaps, not as many as other places we lived. The beauty of the landscape, the rugged individualism of the natives, and the indifference towards church attendance were much the same. Read more…