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Divorce, Grief, And Loss During The Holidays

November 27, 2018 - Lori Jagow

For those newly divorced, the holidays can be the most difficult time of the year. The pain and loss can be almost unbearable. The family that you married into is no longer a part of your holidays. The children may be staying with your ex-spouse and finances can be greatly reduced. Suddenly you find that life as you once knew it is now shattered,…

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A Reason To Give Thanks

November 20, 2018 - Lori Jagow

“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” -Billy Graham 

It was early spring and with an already busy schedule, I promised a friend I would help teach a domestic skills class for a women's program in Niagara County. It would begin in the fall. But there were preparations to make for the Disciple 1 Bible study, the prison ministry, and a homeless ministry, just to name a…

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The Magic of Shoebox Sunday

November 8, 2018 - Lori Jagow

“The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.”- William Temple

There is a buzz about the building, unlike any other day. An excitement is in the air as the holiday season is soon about to kick off with the arrival of Advent, and Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Trailers line the front of the church parking lot. The church freezer is stuffed with turkeys…

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From Out Of The Darkness & Into The Light

October 11, 2018 - Lori Jagow

A PCUMC Pumpkin Patch Story

It was the year 2011, and after twelve years of marriage, I found myself a single parent, homeless, and destitute. My family and I had been through a horrific and shocking experience that left me with little faith in humanity. Trust was something I no longer knew. Humbly, I moved in with my mother, though it was not an ideal situation. At least my preteen daughter and I would have a…

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Laugh More, Love More, Pray More

October 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

This summer I finally tackled a project at the cottage I have dreaded for twenty years… insulating the crawlspace so we could use the building in cold weather. Cleaning out the mess underneath, raking it, hauling in plywood and insulation, messing with Great Stuff, moving pipes, installing a vapor barrier, and making insulated cupboard doors. What a pain in the neck (and back, arms, and hands too)! However, I finally finished my work underneath. I…

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Let Your Light Shine

August 21, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 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.…

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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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