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Welcome, my friend.

I hope you can breathe deeply around here.

My name is Jenny and I'm so glad you're here. A little about me.

I grew up in Ohio and Alaska. I graduated in 2005 from Florida Southern College and in 2010 from United Theological Seminary. I was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2012 and served three churches in Alaska before coming to Marysville, Washington in 2015.

I'm married to Aaron and we somewhat keep up with our two children, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Wesley. These three keep me grounded, dancing and joyful.

My other loves: breakfast food, swimming, paddle boarding, trying new recipes on Pinterest, photography and reading. I feel most myself when I'm by the ocean or a lake.

When it comes to ministry, I love walking with people as they go deeper into their relationship with God, themselves and our world. After a journey into an anxiety disorder, I now offer meditation workshops and retreats. I love empowering people to see they can lead others. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia at 17 years old led to a deep relationship with self care and Sabbath. I'm passionate about women in leadership and figuring out how to do the mom thing in the midst of it all.

I'm on a personal mission to see if I can cheer on a healthy and growing local church and honor a rich Sabbath practice. A calling into ministry can lead many to the edge of burnout when we help others to the detriment of our families. I refuse to miss life with my favorite people in the world while serving God. I believe we can do both together. It's not always pretty, but it's possible!

If you're seeking a different way to live in this fast-moving world, you're not alone. Let's keep walking each other home.

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This is a guest post from my very own dad! He's a United Methodist pastor serving in Bend, Oregon. I enjoy chatting church leadership with my dad and it's fascinating to see how our generational differences bring different perspectives to our calling as pastor. We need each generation to walk with each other as we figure it out in this new world. We've been reflecting lately as I finished up a renewal leave and he prepares to retire this June. 
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I fall into the category of experienced clergy which is a polite way of saying I am old. I’ve been pastoring for nearly 40 years. When I was a young pastor my role models were mostly white males who presented an image of success that equated with dedication, overwork, and sacrifice. My first senior pastor talked about the 20 hr/wk he invested in sermon preparation. And he expected his staff to work beyond their stated hours. During those three years of full time seminary and a large youth group I put in up to 80 hr/…

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Competition itself implies there are two sides.

I remember field days at my elementary school in Alaska. The half-frozen spring ground was covered with clumps of dirty gray snow. Jackets were thrown on the ground as the fourth graders tried to beat the fifth graders at tug of war. Rope burns were shrugged off as sweat dripped down our young faces. We were determined to beat those fifth graders. Our pride was on the line.

Whether you're a fourth grader or an ad manager at a fancy marketing agency or a senator trying out for attorney general, competition runs deep in our DNA.

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99 sheep

Reading Matthew 18:10-14 on this cloudy Anchorage summer morning. Parable of the Lost Sheep. A guy owns 100 sheep. They belong to him. These sheep are loyal and depend on their owner for everything. But then one wanders away. I wonder if this sheep wandered on purpose or accident?

The guy leaves the 99 sheep grazing on the hillside to look for the sheep who got lost. One word in verse 13 jumped out to me. "Andifhe finds [the sheep]...he is happier about that one sheep than about the 99 that did no wander off." IF he finds it. This guy who owns the sheep probably knows the hillside very well and knows his sheep's behavioral patterns. But he may not find this lost sheep. 

When someone wanders off, it's up to them if they want to get found. 

When it comes to our connection to God, some of us may wander on accident. Or on purpose. 

We wait for someone to rescue us. Bring us back. Make it okay. But we have to turn towards the one rescuing us. God will leave the other 99 sheep…