Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 7 PM. We are pleased to invite everyone to a piano and viola concert presented by the Mercer-McCollum duo. Listed below is a link to a taste of their artistry. https://www.facebook.com/410682142820980/videos/434474770442398/?t=16
Join in the celebration on July 7, 2019 honoring Rev. Pelzer as he completes 31 years serving this congregation. Service at 10 AM with luncheon following. Reservations required, please notify the church office if you are attending.
Come on June 20 and 22, 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM for a garage sale which will include clothing and also household items, toys, decorating items, jewelry. No reasonable offer will be refused.
The church is the membership, gathered to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to celebrate the Sacraments, to enjoy Christian fellowship, to serve others with love, and to strive toward righteousness, justice, and peace.
Part of the process of “retiring” and leaving one’s job is the task of clearing out a multi-year accumulation of books and papers from the varied stages of life. I have discovered (among other things) notes from college and seminary classes that I barely remember taking and have not looked at in thirty-plus years. I have also found notes from various meetings that have brought back memories of what we have been doing, together, for quite some time!
Thirty years ago, I wrote of a presentation at the Association meeting that dramatized the Pentecost story in a rather unusual way, complete with sound effects that prompted chuckles, snickers and outbursts of laughter. That presentation helped those at the meeting see Pentecost with a new perspective and appreciation.
What is as important now as it was thirty years ago is the realization that there is a place for humor…for laughter…for joy…in our faith and, surely, in our practice of religion. I’m certain you all have visited one of those “churches of the gloomy gospel.” You know what I’m talking about! They are formal –serious – dark and somber – depressing. They speak in hushed whispers, with serious faces. It would seem difficult, if not impossible, to really proclaim, believe and celebrate the good news of the gospel in such a setting.
The message we’ve been given – the faith we proclaim – is one of joy, love and grace. Though we have, over the years, shared difficult times and periods of sorrow, the primary message we offer is one of hope and joy. The central observances of our faith are festivals and occasions of joy. Ours is a faith of expectation and joyous proclamation, not of gloom and doom. Each new day and each new season offer hope for what the future might yet hold.
Certainly, there is a serious side to our faith, involving the responsibilities and obligations we accept as children of God. That does not mean that those tasks and decisions can’t be met with a smile on our faces and hope and joy in our hearts. After all, our primary task is to share the GOOD news about Jesus Christ…that he loves us and gave his life for us.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to share God’s work with you all over the course of the past three decades. I know that you will faithfully continue to serve your Lord and Savior in the years to come. Though the messengers who go forth and speak the word from this church may change, the message remains the same. “We are a house of prayer for all people”…people who joyfully serve a loving God.
Wherever the years may take us as we go our separate ways, let us always remember to share the wonderful news we’ve been given. Our faith is meant to be a joy and source of happiness, never a burden. Let us all make it so as we continue our journeys in the years ahead.
Hall Rental Available with Full Kitchen
Seating capacity: 125
Cost: $200.00 plus a $50.00 security deposit for 4 hours
Snow plowing extra if needed
Church Sanctuary Available for Weddings