Pastor’s Message 12-28-18

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: Christmas Blessings Merry Christmas!!! One of the odd things about the Christmas season, of course, is that the cultural observance of Christmas essentially ends on Dec 25, when that is only the beginning of the Christian season of Christmas. As even the secular song...

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Pastor’s Message 12-21-18

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: Christmas Reality When I first visited the “other” Bethlehem (the one where Jesus was born!), we first visited the Church of the Nativity, which marks the traditional spot where Jesus was born. The church sits at one end of a large public area called,...

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Pastor’s Message 12-14-18

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: Waiting for the Light to Come This coming Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, has the Advent theme of Joy. That is why one of the candles is pink; it goes back to when Advent was primarily a season of personal penitence, like Lent,...

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Pastor’s Message 11-9-18

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR J.C. AUSTIN: “What’s the Deal with… the Offering (and Pledging)?” (part of an occasional series on aspects of being Presbyterian) When you talk to people who have little experience with Christian worship, one of the things that often strikes them as the most odd when they...

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Pastor’s Message 11-2-18

Remembering All Saints November 1 is designated as All Saints’ Day on the Christian calendar every year. This year, we’ll be observing it in worship this Sunday, November 4. But what is All Saints’ Day? In the early years of the Christian church, during the time of Roman persecution of...

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Pastor’s Message 10-26-18

One of the themes of our church over the past year has been that we would become an “experimental church.” That means we would identify potentially fruitful new ideas for our ministry together and then try them out, evaluating what happened so we can learn what we should do next...

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Pastor’s Message 10-19-18

The Log College Project needs your help! But let’s take a step back before we get to that. As you hopefully know, the Log College Project is the partnership that we have entered with the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Seminary, which is working with us and 11 other...

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Pastor’s Message 10-12-18

One of the most powerful and passionate voices in Christian history about the topic of Christian freedom is John Calvin, the founder of the Reformed Tradition, from which Presbyterianism comes. Calvin has a bad reputation in some circles because of perceptions that he was very rigid and prescriptive in his...

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Pastor’s Message 10-5-18

The first Sunday in October is celebrated by many different Christian denominations as World Communion Sunday. We observe it as a way of lifting up Christian unity and the commonality of our faith in Christ that transcends the differences of nation, culture, and language without erasing them, so we experience...

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Pastor’s Message 9-28-18

On the Road! This past week I was on the road, teaching in two locations in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Last Sunday, I flew to St. Louis after worship to teach a workshop at the annual Stewardship Kaleidoscope conference. I have taught at it every year since it began a...

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