Cultivating the Soil of the Heart

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 … [Read more…]

The Preaching and the Listening to God’s Word

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 … [Read more…]

Meeting Together!

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 … [Read more…]

Expository Listening

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 … [Read more…]

Yesterday’s News

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 … [Read more…]

Post-Thanksgiving Update

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 … [Read more…]

Veterans Day and Good Soldiers

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 … [Read more…]

So What?

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 … [Read more…]