The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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Book Discussion Here If You Need Me

Here If You Need Me
Here If You Need Me
A True Story
by Kate Braestrup
Published in Aug 2007,

Here If You Need Me

Ten years ago, Kate Braestrup and her husband Drew were enjoying the life they shared together. They had four young children, and Drew, a Maine state trooper, would soon begin training to become a minister as well. Then early one morning Drew left for work and everything changed. On the very roads that he protected every day, an oncoming driver lost control, and Kate lost her husband.

Stunned and grieving, Kate decided to continue her husband's dream and became a minister herself. And in that capacity she found a most unusual mission: serving as the minister on search and rescue missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones are missing, and to the wardens who sometimes have to deal with awful outcomes. Whether she is with the parents of a 6-year-old girl who had wandered into the woods, with wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider trapped under the ice, or assisting a man whose sister left an infant seat and a suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, understanding, and spiritual guidance when it's needed most.

To be honest, I don’t usually read these types of books.  Tragic stories of the lost, missing or victims are painful to enter into and the stories become memories.  But this book shifted something in me.  It made a difference about what I think happens when we suffer and about what I can change when someone else suffers. 

Please read for our book discussion on February 24 at Global Gallery in Clintonville. We will begin around 3:00 and end at 5:00.  I’m looking forward to talking to everyone about it



Jesse said...

I have a copy of the book if anyone would like to read a bit before the book discussion next Sunday. Although the book is challenging and deep, it can be a quick and relatively easy read as well. I'd highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to the discussion!

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Nick Johnson said...

I haven't had a chance to look at the book, but I will be there and am looking forward to hearing about it.

Kara Newby said...

Adam needs to work, and I don't really think I'd get much "discussion" in with the two kids, so we aren't going to make it. Have a good discussion.

Jesse said...

Would we be off making a location change? Somewhere more "kid-friendly"?