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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.
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Oct. 27, 2012 12:01 a.m.

I feel like we’ve been a bit beaten down lately in society. It’s a tough economy. Deadlines are looming. There’s a hurricane coming. And it seems we need a healthy dose of hope and courage. That’s why I’m turning my blog over to Robin Taney today so she can share about a great sermon series at a church near Rochester, NY. Our plan is to have her report back on what is shared at these services and maybe even include videos so we can listen for ourselves and be inspired. Enjoy…
How many times have you faced a challenge in your life that you thought was so insurmountable you figured “why bother”?
I’ve been there more times than I care to count. I tell myself that God never gives me more than I can handle, but even then, I don’t always believe it.  Because the burden just. seems. so. heavy. Or big. Or such a lost cause.
That might be how Donald Jones was feeling. In 2010, the graduate of Youngstown State was expected to be a mid to late round draft pick in the NFL.
That February, he attended the NFL Combine, a week-long event where college players try and impress the NFL coaches and the scouts evaluate the players as possible draft picks. During the Combine, it was discovered that Jones had a minor kidney ailment.
It didn’t affect his ability to play and could be managed with medication, but the news was enough to send anyone who was interested in him scurrying in the other direction.
Jones dropped to the bottom of the draft board and was eliminated by some teams altogether. When he signed with the Buffalo Bills in September, 2010, he was an undrafted free agent.
Now, he’s the team’s #2 wide receiver.
Jones will be sharing more of his comeback story Sunday October 28 at Lakeshore Community Church when it kicks off its “Making a Comeback” series.
For the next four weeks, Lakeshore will do live and in person interviews with notable figures in the NFL.
October 28: Donald Jones, Making a Comeback from Limitations
November 4: David Tyree, Making a Comeback from Larger than Life Challenges
November 11: Jill Kelly, Making a Comeback from Loss
November 18: Stevie Johnson, Making a Comeback from Labels and Criticism
All are welcome. For more information, visit Lakeshore’s Website or call the office at (585) 392-5253.

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