Text Box: 	    The VOICE 
“Working together to make the difference that matters.”

Text Box: North Eaton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
35895 Royalton Rd.                                                                                                                                           Grafton, Ohio 44044
Address Service Requested                

Minister: Dr. Paul H. Durbin
Licensed Minister: Judy Ponting
Christian Ed. And Youth Director: Polly Tallos
Secretary: Londa Blaine				
Pathways Counseling and Growth Center: Dr. Ralph Thompson
Choir Director: Kyle Vander Schrier
Pianist: Carla McElhaney
Grafton, OH 44044
Permit No. 8
Text Box: Paul’s Place —–September


	Several months back, I was driving through the EMH parking garage and came across a Bentley.  Aaron and I saw one while visiting Dan and Fran Morilak in San Diego, but that was the first time we actually saw one on the road.  We see them in car magazines and at car shows, but never on the road.  I called Aaron at once and circled the garage a couple times.  Whenever I see a particularly interesting car, I call Aaron.  At times, he’ll search the Internet and find the price.  There must be a lot of disposable money in the world.
	A few days ago, I was driving along, minding my own business, when an                   interesting station wagon crossed in front of me as I approached the traffic light.  I had to look twice and then twice more.  It was a Jaguar.  I like the older Jaguars.  Aaron has spoken of getting an older Jag convertible as a fun summer car.  The interesting thing about this Jaguar is that it was a station wagon.  The first response, as I looked at what I never thought possible, was “What next, a four door Corvette?  A front wheel drive Mustang?  A Carroll Shelby Mustang SUV?”  I wanted to call Aaron, but I had just spoken to him earlier and didn’t  want to disturb him again.  I had to tell someone.  Later that day, I told Michaelene.  Aaron’s much more fun with his responses.  It was no big deal to her.  As I told her, I looked in my rearview mirror and there was a Cadillac SUV.  I never thought I’d see one of those, but I see them all the time.  I see Lincoln pick up trucks all the time.  
	Times change and car manufacturers know that and they are attempting to provide for the needs of a changing world.
	We are getting closer to learning the results of the Visioning process for the Church.  Soon, we will be presented with a Vision and a strategic plan.  We might  prepare ourselves for new ideas and new ways of doing things.  It may seem as shocking as a four door Corvette or a Jaguar station wagon.  If the NECC is to provide for the spiritual hungers and needs of future generations, we will need to be prepared to embrace new ideas.  Let us move beyond mere preparation to joyful                   anticipation and excitement of doing new things for Jesus.