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David Lundberg

About Me: 

I am blessed to call Linda my beautiful and wise wife of 48 years. We have two children and three grandchildren whose love and lives enrich us continuously. We moved to Grand Rapids in 2015 after living in Wisconsin and Illinois. We found Shawnee Park CRC to be a welcoming community of people who desire to be servants of Jesus. I attended college at Goshen (IN) College, North Park College (now University) in Chicago, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

After a career in Social Work I retired (or semi-retired) to do other stuff. One of the "other stuff" is working part-ime as a caseworker at Volunteers In Service (VIS) in Grand Rapids. Teaching high school age youth for 40 + years has been a passion and a joy. To say that i have learned much from the students is an understatement.

Interests: 

Outdoor pursuits offer a change of pace and an appreciation of God's artistry. Those pusuits include biking, kayaking, cross country skiing, and running in 5K events in the GR and Chicago areas. I also enjoy watching eyeballs roll out of sight when people are victimized by my puns. Besides puntificating, I enjoy playing Scrabble, reeading books of an eclectic sort, and singing in the Shawnee Park Chorale.

Living in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois resulted in my die-hard allegiences to the Chcago Cubs and Green Bay Packers.     

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What If Nobody Came?

...to Sunday school (or whatever you call it at your church)? That is no longer a theoretical question for me, because it happened at my church one Sunday in April. 

Sunday School
  • Thanks, Larry. The "courage and trust to go public" comes back manifold in the greater freedom that results when who we really are need not be kept hidden. The numerous responses to Sharon's post...

  • Thanks, Larry. The "courage and trust to go public" comes back manifold in the greater freedom that results when who we really are need not be kept hidden. The numerous responses to Sharon's post...

  • Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your experiences with depression and medication. Your experience mirrors my own. I took myself off medication several years ago, thinking that I was in a better...

  • Rebranding is something we are going to do. But we also realize that doing so without making substantive structural and other changes will be inadequate. I like the sound of "The Core", and the...

  • Jonathan, I was confirmed in a Covenant Church myself. That is a model that has worked for them, and may have relevance (with some tweaks) for CRCNA churches. a retreat-based model is something we...

  • Hi Colin. Thank you for sharing some wonderful ideas for us to consider. We are seeking the Spirit's guidance on future directions. you thoughts about hearing from the parents and youth themselves...

  • Thank you, Michele. Whether a rural or small-town setting or urban setting like ours, the challenges are much the same. My plan is to provide updates as our congregation travels this journey....

  • Thanks, Gary, for your words. We resonated with your experience on looking for a new church. My wife and I experienced the same move as you (from Wheaton to GR) two years ago. It was logical in...

  • What a timely and helpful post by Chris Pedersen. It clearly describes how complex the act of listening is. The four-direction model is helpful in demonstrating this. I find that this issue is...

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