We are a welcoming and friendly congregation that enjoys scripture-based sermons, a wonderful music ministry and share warm, good-natured fellowship with our members and guests.We accept and welcome everyone as they are!
Come join us for Sunday Worship and Special Events.
Rev. Stephen W. Broache, Pastor
SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 with 9:00 AM SERVICE
and ENDS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
Regular Worship schedule will resume Sunday, September 13, 2015
8:15am Early Service
9:15am Sunday School
10:30 am Regular Service
Nursery - Grade 5
WORSHIP in July & August 2015
July 5, 2015 - Holy Communion - "A Couple of Senior Moments" Ruth 3:1-15 Mark 12:28-34
July 12, 2015 - Special Guest Speaker - Rev. Edward Gobrecht
July 19, 2015 - Speical Guest Speaker - E. Mark Punchard, Sr.
July 26, 2015 - "In Praise of Play" Genesis 8:1-15
August 2, 2015 - Holy Communion - "I Am the Bread That Gives Life" Isaiah 53:1-2 John 6:24-35
August 9, 2015 - "Times of Refreshing" Acts 3:12-19
August 16, 2015 - "Clean Christians" Isaiah 1:1-10 Matthew 23:27-28
August 23, 2015 - "What Would Jesus . . . ." Luke 6:39-49
August 30, 2015 - Youth Service - "Every Childs Dream" James 1:17-27 John 15:9-17
Summer Historic Church Tours
6pm every Wednesday, lasts about 2 hours.
Cost is $5 adults, children und 13 are free
East Tours - July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26
Come and enjoy a night of fun, good eats and fellowship and maybe a sing a song or two.
Sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Area for attendance and women volunteers to help.
Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Worship and Church Picnic
Parsonage backyard and Fellowship Hall
Fellowship committee will provide Fried chicken, dinner rolls, unsweetened iced tea, lemonade.
Congregation will have a potluck of side dishes, salads and desserts and bring their own place settings.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Ice Cream and Peaches Treat for Hoffman Youth and Staff
at Hoffman Homes for Youth
Come and meet the youth and staff at this heart-warming fun event.
Sign up sheet at gathering area for volunteers to help serve.
Soup Kitchen 2015 Schedule
January 14 Team # 4 Robin, Paul, Neal, Karen
February 11 Team # 5 Malone, Cooper, Weiant, Henderson
March 11 Team # 4 Robin, Paul, Neal, Karen
April 8 Team # 2 Gish, Fauth, Spicer, Herzog
May 13 Team # 3 Redding, Redding, MacMeekin
June 10 Team # 4 Robin, Paul, Neal, Karen
July 8 Team # 5 Malone, Cooper, Weiant, Henderson
August 12 Team # 2 Gish, Fauth, Spicer, Herzog
September 9 Team # 3 Redding, Redding, MacMeekin
October 14 Team # 1 Joan Peck, Youth Team
November 11 Team # 4 Robin, Paul, Neal, Karen
December 9 Team # 5 Malone, Cooper, Weiant, Henderson
FROM THE PASTOR
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Psalm 137:4-5
At Christmastime, I tend to think of childhood places, people, and events. I long for home. The times weren’t all that great, but they were my times, my home. When I hear Glen Campbell sing “There’s No Place Like Home”, my vision obscures . . . .
The children of Israel also long for home. They were in a foreign land. The word “wither” in verse five has been variously translated “forget its cunning (or skill)” or “cease to function”. It was about being so sad -away from Jerusalem - that you forget how to play music. There is no joy.
The poor Southern boys up north in the summer of 1863 probably felt some of the same feelings. I’m sure there was some excitement about taking the fight to the north after so many 1862-3 successes. And there is some documentation at their amazement at seeing the fertile lands with the neat and orderly (German influence) farms up here. Remember the scene from the “Gettysburg” movie where the aide brings General Lee some cherries and say, “Compliments of the state of Pennsylvania”? They looked good! And probably were also for the hungry Army of Virginia.
But it was an adventure far from home. Perhaps their “hands withered” as a result of the violence of battle. They probably had some withered feet too after the long and desperate marches. But also their spirits were longing for home and hearth. That “be it ever so humble . . . .” thing. Even warmer than Adams County, with more humidity; with fewer cherries and peaches perhaps, the farms not as beautiful or well kept and orderly, the houses in most cases smaller, but it was . . . .home. It was magnolia trees and black-eyed peas and moss on the live oaks. Quite a few did not return, we know; but for those that did, I’m sure this northern mini-vacation left them changed. By the trauma of death and dismemberment, by the lasting lesson of clashing ideologies, and simply by their separation from all that they held dear behind them. When they finally clasped them in their arms again, it was an embrace remembered for all time.
"Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my hightest joy!" Psalm 137:6
Prayer: Home is people and things you give to us, O Lord. Thank you for your gifts, for they make us who we are and fulfill us. Amen