Every weekday, for the past six and a half years of his retirement, Jack Freed spreads a positive message — just as he did in his professional career.
Now the Pastor Emeritus of Holy Spirit-Lutheran Church, Freed, who began preaching 44 years ago at the former Green School in West Bloomfield, writes a terse email to about 400, designed to get their day started on the right foot.
"It's much shorter than a sermon and the number of people it goes to is much larger than the number of people I preached to," said Freed, who lives in West Bloomfield. "It's a quote and my commentary on the quote. I keep it short and to the point every day and I'm told that's how some people start their work day."
Freed also maintains a blog called Jack's Winning Words ( jackswinningwords.blogspot.com). There, he said, Freed answers replies he received throughout the day from as far as London.
A Moline, IL native, and a founder of the West Bloomfield Clergy Association, Freed said that he uses the medium to network, rather than to get back in touch with past acquaintances.
"I connect to people who I know who then put me into contact with people I don't know who they know," said Freed. "In some ways, it's better than a sermon. On a Sunday, your congregation may not respond to you immediately about what was said, but here they do."
While no longer preaching once per week, Freed also finds time to benefit the West Bloomfield Fire Department as its Chaplain. In an Oct. 2012 report, Chief Jay Wiseman credited both Freed and The Rev. Timothy Holzerland of Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King in West Bloomfield
"I'm interested in the idea of being trying to always be a positive thinker," Freed said. "It's great to be able and spread that same idea around in a computer ministry."
Check back with West Bloomfield Patch this week for Winning Words from Jack himself.