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
Regular Services 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM
9:15 AM Sunday School for Grades 6-12 and Adults
10:30 AM Sunday School for Nursery - Grade 5
WORSHIP DURING JANUARY 2015
January 4, 2015
Installation of New Elders and Deacons
"Good News To Share"
Jeremiah 31:7-14 John 1:1-18
January 11, 2015
"Don't Rock My World"
January 18, 2015
"You Rang?" 1 Samuel 3:1-10 John 1:43-51
SAVE THE DATES:
Friday, March 13 and Saturday,March 14 - Photo Session for the church directory
To make a photo session appointment, please click on the link:
On my morning Culp’s Circle jog/meditation/fluid circulation/nature immersion/battle thoughts, I often meet one of our town residents walking a greyhound dog. They are so slender and gentle! She rescued the dog after its race days were over. No more chasing mechanical rabbits. I’m not sure how it reacts to the myriad squirrels that inhabit our town. For its purpose - providing joy and companionship to its owners (and occasional passersby such as myself) - the dog is not “used up”. For the racing and gambling purposes, it was.
The statue to the oldest officer in the Union army is at the top of Culp’s Hill. In 1863, was 62 ancient? His name was George Sears Greene. Maybe there was some talk about him being too old. Other officers, his own troops even. Maybe even his own family. “Dad, you come home and leave that fighting to the younger men.” But from what I’ve read, he took the mantle of his duties to heart. He even did things a little different. To defend his position, he ordered breastworks to be constructed. This meant the felling of trees mixed with earth, stones and brush. Behind such “walls”, he felt his men (outnumbered about 4 to 1) could better defend/hold the high ground. When you climb the tower there, you can see the southern cannon up on Benner’s Hill. He had a good shot at them. His actions were instrumental in keeping that ground in Union hands. (Even though briefly lost they were re-taken). What baffles me is the criticism he received for doing so. Was it seen as cowardly? A waste of manpower? Old fashioned, even? In hindsight it is seen as a smart move. The old guy did good.
It is easy to fall into the “my life is over” trap. We are convinced (often by ourselves) that because we are not as physically powerful, fast, or as “fresh and minty” as we were when younger that we are valueless. Not so. I could list a litany of late-in-life achievers here, but you’ve heard that before. So hear it again. You are never done in life. Give, share, absorb, lead, love, live. Your life will say to others: he won the battle, he held the high ground.
Prayer Lord God, our days are given by your grace. And often by “reason of strength”, perhaps even four score years. Use us up for others. Amen
BETHLEHEM BOUND - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 21 at TRINITY UCC sanctuary followed with a Cocoa and Cookies Reception with Santa in the gathering area.