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

March 6, 2019 - Joe Iovino

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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What Is Lent?

March 3, 2019 - Pendleton Center Church

Lent begins March 6

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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God Still Works in Mysterious Ways

February 27, 2019 - Laurie McGinn

I couldn’t believe my ears. “You want me to what?” I responded when Lori, our Christian Education Director, asked me if I’d be interested in writing curriculum for and teaching an outer space-themed Sunday School class for February. She thought I’d be the perfect person for it because of my love for the Bible and interests in writing and science fiction. Her request intrigued me, but while I had taught a few adult Bible studies,…

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Some things change, some remain the same

February 1, 2019 - Pastor Tom Kraft

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger. -Judges 2:10-12

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Divine Intervention

January 10, 2019 - Cindy Smist, Lori Jagow

There is a time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.
- Ecclesiastes 3:7

As I sat at the kitchen table, my eyes zoned out on the quilted pattern of a Celtic cross hanging on my refrigerator. It seemed like only yesterday my son drew it. Now it is one of only a few tangible items I have left to cherish.  Our…

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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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