Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 40 December 2, 2019 Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving Day has always been a wonderful time for me. One of my greatest memories of this day was watching The March of the Wooden Soldiers on television while smelling the turkey cook in the electric roaster. Each commercial I would run into the kitchen to look through the window on top of the roaster …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 39 November 25, 2019 Celebrating Faith

Here in Bergenfield we are celebrating our 125th anniversary. We have celebrated a number of events during this past year and they have been well attended and well received. New and old residents have come together to share the long history of our town. Last afternoon our town held the latest of our celebrations; an interfaith …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis November 18, 2019 Recharging The Clergy’s Spiritual Batteries

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 38 November 18, 2019 Recharging The Clergy’s Spiritual Batteries Yesterday my daughter was installed as the new pastor of the First Reformed Church of Boonton, NJ. It was a wonderful event. Folks from her new congregation were joined by members of her new Classis as …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 37 November 11, 2019 A Resilient Saint

I write this blog about, and with the permission of, a saint of our congregation. Her name is Marilyn but she goes by the names of Aunt Marilyn or Miss Marilyn. She is truly a saint, full of good works, and the resiliency to adapt her good works based on her declining energy. I won’t …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 36 November 4, 2019 Choices for Children

My older grandson made a discovery this week, our piano. He smiled when he stood by it and was able to make noise on it. Quickly I moved his highchair over and let him bang away. I’m doing the opposite of my parents. When I was a child and was intrigued by the sounds of …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 35 October 28, 2019 Cutting The Umbilical Cord

My second grandson was born almost two weeks ago. He was born under unique circumstances. My son-in-law is deployed to another continent with the United States Army. Since he was not available for the birth of his son, my wife and younger daughter filled in as birthing coaches for my older daughter. On the day …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 34 October 21, 2019 United by a Common Liturgy

I spent three days this week in Michigan attending our national Reformed Church in America Commission meetings. I was honored a year ago when I was appointed to be on the Christian Action Commission for the Reformed Church in America. Now, each year, I gather with members of my commission for meetings and to write …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 33 October 14, 2019 Chicken Rotisseries and Transformative Love

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have been on a two-year quest to find a Chicken Rotisserie. I love the taste of Rotisserie Chicken but would rather cook it myself than buy one at the local grocery. Perhaps I am foolish but I enjoy the craft of cooking for myself. My last …

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 32 October 7, 2019 Sunday Dinner De-Stress

Recently a number of my friends shared a post on Facebook that originated on NBC. It was a plea to bring back the family tradition of Sunday Dinner. Many of us grew up with this tradition. I really enjoyed the article and I endorse it. Sunday dinner is a way to bond, catch up with …