Snow in California, California Penalizes Walgreens Over Abortion Pill & Common Pastor Search Mistakes to Avoid
Christians in California are collecting supplies and delivering sandbags while grappling with both a historic snowfall and incoming heavy rains. The battle over the abortion pill is escalating in some states. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced March 8 the state would rescind its planned renewal of a $54 million contract with Walgreens after the pharmacy chain decided not to dispense the drug in retail stores or by mail in 21 states. And, in a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Mark Dance offers suggestions for churches searching for a new pastor.
Christians in California are collecting supplies and delivering sandbags while grappling with both a historic snowfall and incoming heavy rains.
North Parkway Baptist Church didn’t experience the snow levels others did. But Pastor Sal Martinez and others became aware of the conditions less than 30 minutes away in the San Bernardino Mountains. Officials are investigating 13 deaths in the region to see how many are linked to the powerful storm.
A two-week snow event left several feet in the mountains with not only roads impassable, but vehicles and even homes buried. Beach areas that rarely saw snow experienced a dusting, while elsewhere residents in Donner Pass received up to 16 feet.
The battle over the abortion pill is escalating in some states.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced March 8 the state would rescind its planned renewal of a $54 million contract with Walgreens after the pharmacy chain decided not to dispense the drug in retail stores or by mail in 21 states.
A day later, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James wrote Walgreens and two other major drug store chains – CVS and Rite Aid – to ask them to commit to distribute the abortion pill in stores and by mail in the state.
Walgreens, the country’s second-largest pharmacy chain, recently informed the attorneys general of 21 states it will not sell the abortion drug in retail stores or by mail in their states. This includes some states where abortion and the drug mifepristone are currently legal. The attorneys general in those states warned Walgreens and CVS in early February they would violate the law if they sell abortion pills through the mail.
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In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Mark Dance offers suggestions for churches searching for a new pastor.
1. Communicating inconsistently
From the moment candidates submit their names or resumes for consideration, that church takes a prolific part of both their and their spouses’ attention. Not a day will go by that each candidate is not prayerfully considering God’s will for their ministries and families.
Why then would a pastor search team allow weeks to go by without connecting with each candidate?
2. Waiting to talk about money
Thought it’s awkward, Dance says it’s important for a pastoral candidate to have an understanding of what the church can offer to provide for the pastor and his family.
3. Don’t avoid personal questions
Dance encourages search teams to ask the hard questions about a pastoral candidate – even personal one.
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