Pastor’s Message: May 7, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Those who rejoice and those who weep This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which is not a Christian holiday, but it is a significant cultural holiday. Doubtless you’ve been inundated with all the ads touting various products as “the perfect gift for Mom,” or special...

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Pastor’s Message: April 30, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Share your ‘good words’ A few weeks ago, I announced that we will be starting a sermon series after Pentecost (which is observed on May 23 this year) called “A Good Word,” in which we will explore a particular word or concept from a...

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Children’s Sunday School

Many thanks to our Sunday School teachers and friends for bringing our Sunday School experience to us at home! Please share this with a friend who may like it too. In addition to these prerecorded videos, we offer an “in person” Sunday School experience via Zoom, each Sunday between 10:15-10:45...

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Pastor’s Message: April 23, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Going forward “It’s time to talk about what we learned today.” That’s the question that generally gets asked at the end of an episode of VeggieTales, the animated TV series that uses anthropomorphic vegetables to teach Bible stories and Christian moral lessons to children....

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Pastor’s Message: April 16, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Signs of hope and renewal This Sunday is the third Sunday of the season of Easter, which is fitting, because images and experiences of resurrection are all around us! In the natural world, the trees and flowers are in full bloom as spring firmly...

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Pastor’s Message: April 9, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Engaging the Biblical Witness While the day of Easter is now behind us, we are in the season of Easter in the Christian calendar, which runs between Easter and Pentecost (May 23). The season of Easter, not surprisingly, focuses on celebrating the resurrection, and...

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Pastor’s Message: April 2, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: PREPARING FOR THIS HOLIEST OF WEEKS Friends, as you are reading this, we are already into Holy Week, with our Maundy Thursday service having taken place last night. Tonight marks the next step in our Holy Week journey with the Good Friday Tenebrae service,...

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Pastor’s Message: March 26, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: AN UPDATE ON CONGREGATIONAL SINGING I’ve been asked by several people recently about when we might be considering a return to indoor, in-person worship. The Session’s Building Reopening Task Force has been hard at work on that very question for months, which of course...

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Pastor’s Message: March 19, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Looking ahead to Holy Week Next Sunday, March 28, is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week, the most important time of the year on the Christian calendar. I want to talk a little bit this week about what Holy Week will look like this...

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Pastor’s Message: March 12, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: RESILIENCE – SUPPORT – FAITHFULNESS – LOVE As you all know, this Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of our congregational response to the pandemic. On March 15, 2020, we went to “digital-only” worship for the first time. I remember how conflicted I was about...

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