Pastor’s Message: Aug. 28, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: LOOKING AHEAD TO SUNDAY People have asked me from time to time what’s the hardest part about digital worship, and for me, the answer is very clear: I’m preaching to a camera instead of to people in the room. I don’t mean it’s hard...

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Pastor’s Message: Aug. 21, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: The dog days of summer We are in what is sometimes called “the dog days” of summer. I always assumed that was just a colloquial expression, probably from the American South, about the hottest part of summer because it drove dogs mad or something....

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Pastor’s Message: Aug. 14, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: AT THE TOP OF OUR LIST During the last five months, the Covid-19 virus has been utmost on our minds and hearts. Pennsylvania has approximately 118,000 confirmed cases.  With this number climbing, we all probably know someone who has come down with the disease,...

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Pastor’s Message: Aug. 7, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: CALMING THE DISTRESS Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he...

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Pastor’s Message: July 31, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: GETTING IN GOOD TROUBLE As I’ve mentioned in a few sermons, the concept of “home” is a little complicated for me. I was born in Tennessee but have no memory of those years; I moved around several times in my preschool years. I spent...

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Pastor’s Message: July 24, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: The Work Continues On Tuesday evening, we concluded the initial offering of our 21-Day Racial Justice Immersion Project with a Zoom gathering of participants to reflect on what they had experienced, and to consider possible next steps in their own ministry of antiracism and...

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Pastor’s Message: July 17, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Advent in July This has been a particularly difficult week for many people, which is saying something, given the challenges of an average week these past few months. The recent resurgence of the virus throughout most of the country has been disconcerting, particularly since...

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Pastor’s Message: July 10, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Catching a Second Wind Today is more or less the halfway point in the inaugural period of our 21-Day Racial Justice Immersion Project, which we launched on July 1. This project is the next step in our congregation’s racial justice ministry, which really began...

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Pastor’s Message: July 3, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM ELDER PHYLLIS WALKER: 224th PCUSA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Phyllis represented our congregation at the most recent gathering, and shares this report. If you would like to read more about their work, visit this page for a number of interesting articles. The 224th PCUSA General Assembly was to have...

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Pastor’s Message: June 26, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: MOVING TO GREEN As you probably have heard, Northampton and Lehigh counties have been designated by the governor of Pennsylvania to move to the “green” phase of the state’s Process to Re-Open Pennsylvania today, June 26. That move is significant in that it allows...

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