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From the Pastor's Desk - October 2017

What do you think of the leaves this year?

The Autumn leaves are one of the most amazing, radiant display of God’s creation we can behold… and they fall to the ground leaving a mess for us to rake up… that we can put in a big pile and jump in… that will cause our allergies to flare… and they protect the roots of our…

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From the Pastor's Desk - September 2017

“To everything there is a season, and time for every purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3

I am looking at the apple tree in my back yard. It’s time to pick the apples. When I was a little boy, I remember picking cherries with my grandfather. Picking apples is something I do with my grandson. And if I don’t, the rabbits and deer will eat them all. But I am just not sure when I will get…

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From the Pastor's Desk - Fall Updates

The older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ The older brother became angry, and refused to go in. So his father went out & pleaded with him.  - Luke…

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From the Pastor's Desk - July/August 2017

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.”  -John 15

The Christian church around us is changing quickly. In many places it appears…

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From the Pastor’s Desk - June 2017

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? -Esther 4

These words were said to Queen Esther when she had to make a life and death decision between doing what seemed safe, and doing what would save her people.…

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From the Pastor's Desk - May 2017

John went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the Book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And…

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From the Pastor's Desk - April 2017

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. 
-I Corinthians 15

The Greatest Celebration of the Year

Clearly the…

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From the Pastor’s Desk - March 2017

On Lent:

People used to study for baptism. It was a huge decision and a great risk to the person and to the Christian community. Beginning of Lent was studying for Baptism at Easter. 40 hours, 40 days???  Now, barely want to give it any sacrifice or effort.

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely…

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What is Lent?

Lent begins March 1

Lent is a season of the church when Christians are encouraged to focus more seriously on our faith. Fasting, reading scripture, prayer and examining our ethical life are regular practices we focus on more during Lent. It is based in the number forty. Which includes the forty days it rained for Noah, the forty years the Israelites spent in the desert, and the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness.

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Why ashes? Connecting to who we are and who we can be.

One Wednesday a year, sometime in February or March, you notice someone at work, school, or elsewhere with a smudge on her forehead. It looks as if she missed a spot when washing. Then you see another who looks as though he needs to glance in the mirror. By the time you see the third, you realize it is Ash Wednesday and these passersby must have received the imposition of ashes.

This practice we use to…

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