Pastor’s Message: Sept. 18, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Exploring and evaluating ‘in person’ options “Are you open?” This question has been floating around church circles (and, indeed, faith communities beyond Christianity) for several months now, as states began lifting some of the restrictions on public assembly and organizational operations. When it comes...

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Pastor’s Message: Sept. 11, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: CALLING OUR LEADERSHIP Before I left for a short vacation in August, I told you that the Session would be calling a Special Congregational Meeting in the early fall to recommend some changes to you about the “terms of call” for me as your...

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Pastor’s Message: Sept. 4, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: IN PERSON AS WELL AS IN SPIRIT Last Sunday was a new experiment for us as a church, as over 70 people gathered outdoors in front of the church building for our first in-person worship service since early March! If you were not able...

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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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