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February 23, 2019

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February 20, 2019
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A favorite pastor of ours even if it has been many years. Pray your family is doing well.
February 20, 2019
February 15, 2019
I like to share a story that still makes me smile when I think about it. I was 19 years old, still living at home with my parents but thinking I'm the boss of me! Right. WRONG! So one day I got beside myself and I don't remember the details but I sassed my mom. Big mistake! I thought to myself, you done did it now and mom is going to show you the door, foolish little girl you're going to need backup! Well, she wouldn't have but I knew something had to be done. Feeling a tinge of panic, I called the church and spoke to Pastor Vanharn. I don't know what he was doing but I am sure it was more important than my homemade drama. So while mom was at work Pastor Vanharn came over. We talked and sat on the front porch. As I looked down the street and saw my mother approaching I was nervous because she had no idea what to think and she was no fan of surprises. She greeted Pastor and said she'd be out shortly after getting a glass of water. When she returned to the porch, I attempted to start a discussion on why I called him but thankfully Pastor Vanharn skillfully redirected the conversation. As the two of them talked parent-to-parent I quietly listened. What I learned while listening was that he was there to provide back up for my mom. Not me! Praise the Lord it all got smoothed over and I apologize to my mom who had already forgiven me before the call was made. As the three of us sat and ate coffee cake I was thinking, Pastor Vanharn you ROCK! To Ellie and the rest of the family, I mourn with you. Pastor VanHarn was and is a part of my community. Lord knows I miss my mother, (Mary McKinney) so I know you are hurting. But we grieve with hope as we will see them again! We know that our loved ones are free and we know that our Comforter is ever present! Thank you Vanharn family for sharing him with all of us! His legacy will live on in all that love him!

Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
February 14, 2019
Ellie Van Harn and family:
Please accept my sincere condolences. I am saddened!
Pastor Van Harn was my confident when Luella, my first wife died shortly after giving birth to Leslie in South Holland, Ill. It may have been his first funeral at Cottage Grove CRC.
His sermons were inspiring and thought provoking. He seemed to accept these challenges with grace and determination. I will never forget his support and caring during my grieffilled days.
I am certain that now his joy is complete in the arms of Jesus.
We spend our winters in Texas so I'll not be able to attend the Memorial Service.
I mourn with y'all , but am sure of His victory in Jesus.

Frank & Ula Calsbeek