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More Fun Than Disney - A Vacation Bible School (VBS) Story

July 30, 2018 - Lori Jagow

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
- Charles R. Swindoll, Evangelical Christian pastor

The blended aroma of fresh herbs, spices, and homemade bread lingered in the church halls. More than a hundred children were in the PCUMC house for the annual celebration of Vacation Bible School (VBS). This particular year was set up as a Roman Marketplace with artisan shops; something like you would see…

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From the Pastor's Desk - July 2018

July 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4

Have you ever played the game Whack-a-Mole? It used to be in all the arcades. You would whack a mole with a club, and as soon as you knocked one down, another one would…

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From the Pastor's Desk - June 2018

June 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

”For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes…

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A Message From Pastor Jean

May 1, 2018 - Pastor Jean Edmister

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”  -Philippians 2:14-16

As many of you know by now,…

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From the Pastor's Desk - May 2018

May 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil - this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does…

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From the Pastor's Desk - April 2018

April 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28

A number of years ago a…

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From the Pastor's Desk - March 2018

March 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 16

The path to Easter

Easter is the first of April. Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and ours. I love Easter and the promise of Glory it foreshadows. But the path…

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From the Pastor's Desk - February 2018

February 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of…

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From the Pastor's Desk - January 2018

January 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. -Psalm 51

A Winter’s Day

It’s one of the most beautiful…

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A Christmas Message from Pastor Tom

December 12, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9

In the midst of our busy lives, decorating, gift buying, and dinner making, God is born to us. A Wonderful Counselor bursts into our lives to help us keep things in perspective. When we worry about bills, what to…

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