Notes From The Chaplaincy

Seasons of Change
The last couple of months have included seasons of change on a number of different levels. There has been the change from Winter to Spring. There has been the change from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time. Added to these are the changes enacted because of the COVID-19 virus: social distancing, wearing masks in public, hand washing (which is always a good idea), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and restrictions for public gatherings, travel, commerce, and school closures. Who knew there would be a shortage of toilet paper? Life has changed.

There are a few verses from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that I have used for sermons and weddings and funerals and many other speaking engagements. The first verse begins: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The next seven verses hold fourteen comparisons of change: Birth & Death, Plant & Harvest, Kill & Heal, Tear Down & Build Up, Weep & Laugh, Mourn & Dance, Throw Stones & Gather Stones, Embrace & Don’t Embrace, Search & Give Up As Lost, Keep & Throw Away, Tear Apart & Sew Together, Silence & Speaking, Love & Hate, and War & Peace.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Another season of change includes my resignation from Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy. It is time for me to retire from the chaplaincy. I submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Directors April 9th, 2020 asking for an end date of August 31st, 2020. Years ago, I understood this time would come and projected it would be a year or so from now, but recently, after talking with family and friends and a counselor the decision has been made to be done now.

COPC Board Chairman Dave Pickhardt sent out an official announcement to the agencies throughout Central Oregon. Feel free to contact me if you would like a copy of that announcement of if I can answer questions or concerns. My phone is 541-788-3364 and email is

It has been a privilege and pleasure to be one of the chaplains in Central Oregon.

Hopefully as the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted, there will be a time for cake and coffee sometime in July or August.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Be safe. Be healthy.
Chaplain Mike Dismore

Oregon Chaplains Academy

Link To Our National Anthem

COPC exists to serve and support our First Responders, Law Enforcement, Fire, Medics, and Dispatch. We serve our men and women with the focus to assist them and while we are doing that our chaplains serve and support the communities of Central Oregon. We walk in the trench with our First Responders. Thank you to our First Responders.

Many of our First Responders are also Veterans. Thank you for your service.

Below is a link to the background information about our National Anthem. Listen to the story.

Pray for our First Responders and our Veterans.

Thank you to our First Responders. Thank you to our Veterans. Thank you to our Chaplsins.

Link to the story of our National Anthem:

Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation

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Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy

PO Box 1898
Redmond, OR   97756

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