Republicans Dominate CL Indpendence Day Parade – Part 3

As an intermission between Republican politicians, the Allegiance Color Guard from Dundee came marching by. Horses pulling a stage coach also added interest. A necessary component of any parade with horses is a place to put any horse apples. The … Continue reading

Time for Methodists to Talk Amicable Divorce

The term “no-fault divorce” was not used in Pastor Scott Field’s speech to the Northern Illinois Conference Evangelical Association Monday, but the comparison makes sense. The title of Field’s talk was “Somnambulating, Surviving, and Strategizing for the Coming UMC Implosion.”  (“UMC” means … Continue reading

Kairos – Prison Ministry that Changes Lives

“God says, ‘If you don’t love your brother, you don’t know me.’” That was part of what Bud Gregory of Kairos Prison Ministry of Illinois had to tell of his weekend experiences at Stateville participating in four-day weekend retreats for prisoners. … Continue reading

Meals for Haiti Packing Set for Sunday August 4th

The First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake is holding its second meal packing event for Haiti. Inspired by the tremendous community outpouring headed up by the Salvation Army in 2007 when 780,000 meals were packed by hundreds of community … Continue reading

Should Sheriff Keith Nygren Have Known that Retaliatory Action Based on Deputy Scott Milliman’s Deposition Testimony Was Unconstitutional?

That headline pretty much summarizes the final question Federal Judge Frederick Kapala had to decide in whether or not to dismiss former McHenry County Sheriff Deputy Scott Milliman’s wrongful termination suit. The Judge points out it had to determine “whether … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Hands

My Grandmother Addie Watling-Skinner had a glass replication of Durer’s praying hands on her coffee table. My cousin has them now. Nothing expensive, but they probably had more significance than I realized as a youth. Today is a day that … Continue reading