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Pastor column

Reflect on ‘watershed’ moments

Jim McGuire

Joliet Area Community Hospice

Have you ever

stopped to

consider the

“watershed” moments in

your life? Those turning

points of great personal

significance. For someone

it may be the day you

received your driver’s

license. Perhaps for

someone else it was the

day you were accepted

into the school of your

dreams, or the day you

pledged your life in marriage.

Certainly welcoming

a newborn baby into

the family is a watershed

moment. We have all

experienced at least one

watershed moment.

March 29, 2019 was

a watershed day for me

as I published my first

book, STAY: Four Pillars

for Living Life and

Finishing Well. I released

it in ebook and paperback

through Amazon.

The book is a memoir

detailing my 19 years as

a chaplain with the local

hospice. Throughout the

book, I use anecdotal

stories of some of the

wonderful people I have

met.

The release of the book

was the culmination of

three years of writing,

research and reflection.

There were several

critical moments in the

process. The first being

the night I sat down at

the kitchen table with an

iPad, keyboard and numerous

random thoughts

and began to type.

Another pivotal moment

came when I watched a

video tutorial and the presenter

said, “No one cares

about the book you never

finished.” In that moment,

it was like a kick

in the pants. I knew right

then that I either needed

to finish the book or stop

thinking about it.

Hiring a professional

managing editor was another

one of these important

moments in moving

the book from concept

to completion. The editor’s

input and expertise

helped make for a more

enjoyable read. Her work

was invaluable.

When we think about

these watershed moments

in our lives, they are usually

the culmination of

dedication, hard work and

perseverance. There are

times when we experience

such life-changing

events with little or no

input; however, most of

the memorable moments

in our lives come about

as the result of the many

small decisions we make

along the way.

It’s okay to, “Wish

upon a star,” so long as

you don’t spend your entire

life gazing into space.

Watershed moments often

come after you and I have

made the commitment to

put in the work.

So what is it that you

are working toward

today? Do you want the

ball in your hand as the

clock is winding down

and the score is tied?

Then practice, practice,

practice. Do you want to

make the Honor Roll at

school? Then you may

need to spend less time

goofing off and more time

studying. Are you looking

for significant and meaningful

relationships? Then

work on being your best

self today and everyday.

I am pleased to write

that the book has been

well received. I continue

to learn throughout this

process, such is life.

While we reflect upon the

watershed events in our

life, we do not remain in

that moment in time. Life

moves on, as it should.

So let’s move forward,

anticipating that there

will come additional watershed

moments, making

good decisions each and

everyday. Here’s to a life

well lived.

I can be contacted at

jtmcguire63@gmail.

com if you would like to

purchase a signed copy of

the book, STAY: Four Pillars

for Living Life and

Finishing Well or you can

find it at Amazon.com.

The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century

Media or its staff.

Visit us online at

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FAITH BRIEFS

Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.

Mass

10 a.m. Sundays,

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Worship Schedule

Traditional worship is

at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Sundays.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

MOMS Monthly Meeting

9:30- 11:30 a.m. first

Thursday of the month.

St. Jude Franciscan Hall

Room 3 and 4, 241 W.

Second Ave, New Lenox.

Eucharistic Adoration

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. first Friday

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

HERO Family Support

Group

7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This group is open

to anyone with a family

member currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently

in recovery. Family

support meetings provide

helpful tools and information

to better equip people

to help their loved ones

through their struggle.

This group provides a

supportive environment

with others who have

had similar experiences

and an opportunity to

meet and network with

others.

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For

more information, call

the church at (815) 485-

5152.

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Worship

5 p.m. Saturday and 9

a.m. Sunday

Vacation Bible School

Miraculous Mission,

June 17-21, 9:30 a.m.-

noon. Cost $5 per student.

To register, go to trini

tynewlenox.org

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling

with hurts, habits, or

hang-ups. For more information,

call Deb at (708)

516-6318.

St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

A Discussion Group on

How to be a Sinner

Meets every Wednesday

at 7:30 p.m. For more

information visit saint

johnofchicago.com or call

(630) 638-9462

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New

Lenox)

Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road,

New Lenox)

The Center Youth Group

6:30-9 p.m. every

Thursday. Teens ages 12-

19 are welcome. The night

features live music, an

open gym, an encouraging

message and a chance

to meet new friends. For

more information, call

(815) 717-8002.

Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749

Lancaster Drive, Joliet)

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each

month.

Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar

Road)

Worship Service

8:30 a.m. and 10:45

a.m. every Sunday.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

A Man in Recovery

7-8:30 p.m. Every

Tuesday. This recovery

group is for those who are

struggling with addiction

or those who love someone

struggling. For more

information, call Tom at

(815) 354-3195.

Bible Study

10 a.m. Every Wednesday.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5327.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford

Drive, New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month.

The group meets to discuss

a message geared

toward junior and senior

high school students. For

more information, email

youth@ourjourney.cc.

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Sean Hastings at sean@

newlenoxpatriot.com or call

(708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on

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