Dear Church Family, Though officially, “springtime” is several weeks away, those that enjoy gardening are already turning their thoughts to the soil!  I love to garden.  I love the smell of the dirt being turned and cultivated—to prepare the soil so that the seeds can germinate and bear fruit.  I must admit, there is something very therapeutic about gardening and enjoying the “harvest”!Read More →

Dear Church Family, I trust all of you are getting back to normal after last week’s snow and ice “escapades”!  One of our neighbors described the weather and destruction as a slow moving hurricane – which seems to be an apt description, doesn’t it?  There were yet a few that didn’t get power back until the latter part of this week, which made the whole event seem even longer.  If you, or somebody you know, are in need of help – do let us know and we will see what we can do to help with the clean-up. Barring any storms in the near futureRead More →

We are back on our normal schedule. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25 The parking lot is clear, the power is on (which means there is both heat and coffee). Church service will be at 9:30 and Sunday School at 11:00.Read More →

Dear Church Family, Memorizing 1 Peter 5:1-4 has been a sobering venture for me this last week.  As you know, these verses contain Peter’s exhortation to his fellow elders/pastors.  While Peter’s challenge involves the ministry of shepherding, there was another element to his words that leaped off the page.  These words, “those allotted to your charge,” have made me stop and consider the calling of God on my life.  There is no doubt in my mind that God has called me into the ministry, but this particular phrase carries a weight of responsibility that is very humbling.  The literal meaning of “allotted to your charge”Read More →

Dear Church Family, Yesterday’s news can sometimes be insightful (hindsight, or news “after the fact,” can be quite clear!), but very rarely would anyone marvel at “old news.”  Although there are times that we will read news from days gone by for information (historical), to make sure of the facts, write a report, or simply to re-read a fascinating and history-making account.  Again, such news (yesterday’s news), while interesting, can’t really be classified as something that “will change your life!”  Without a doubt, the Word of God is decidedly different!  As we have explored the accounts of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph from Luke 1Read More →

Dear Church Family, I trust you had a blessed Thanksgiving as you gathered with friends and family to give thanks.  It really doesn’t take long to compile a list of blessings does it?  Sometimes such a list will contain thanksgiving for what we have received or what has happened as a blessing, but it also should include some things that didn’t happen – or how things that happened that could have been far worse! Read More →

Dear Church Family, Although the news of the day is filled with stories of a Penn State University scandal, the ongoing nuclear threat from Iran. . .and much, much more, we don’t want to allow the day to slip by without recognizing our veterans.  Many of you have served our country through military service, and we want to say “thank you”!  Whether you were “boots on the ground” or support staff, we are grateful for your years of service.Read More →

Dear Church Family, Just a few words before Sunday— After such a great week with Rennie Showers, we would like to hear your response!   After we  chat with George and Shirley Weber via Skype (hopefully), we will dedicate the Sunday School hour to some “debriefing” of what was gleaned from the series “What on earth is God Doing?”.Read More →