For your information, we don’t have an air-conditioning system in thesanctuary. Over the past years, we have not needed such a system onthe mountains to combat the summer heat. However, in recent years,the temperatures in the summer continue to climb higher making itvery uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable during services.
Notonly that, we have had situations with funerals and weddings when the fans are not enough to keep everyone cool.We are making plans to purchase two air-conditioning units for the sanctuary. The cost estimate to install this new equipment is $12,000. The good news is that we have secured $6,000
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020! God is the author of time and the seasons, and the great thing about a New Year is that it provides us the opportunity to look back and assess our failures and successes. The New Year gives us a chance to set new goals and establish a plan for the year ahead. Time can be captured in the past, the present, and the future. The past can be a roadmap for where we want to go in the future. Looking back at the past year for self- evaluation and self-assessment is not to wallow in regrets or to live in the past because we cannot change it. We look back to learn from our mistakes and successes to have the desire to do better.
Are you ready for Christmas? As I write this letter I am not sure how many of you have decorated your house for Christmas. I am not sure whether your tree is decorated or lit. Do you have some presents already wrapped under the tree?
Some of us know the story of “A Christmas Carol” - a cold-hearted moneylender who hates everything about Christmas; he hates the songs, the decorations, the Christmas cheer and the good will it brings. The story continues when Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After that episode Scrooge became a changed man, helping to keep the Christmas spirit alive for a long time.
On the Christian calendar, Advent comes before Christmas. The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word for “arrival.” It includes the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent helps us to get ready for Christmas. It is a time to prepare and anticipate the arrival of friends, family, and loved ones, but more importantly, it is a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a season when we light the four candles of Advent with wonderful themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. The candles also symbolize the prophets, the angels, the shepherds, and the Magi, all major characters playing a role in the birth of the Christ Child. Advent allows us to eagerly await the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, God coming to us in the flesh 2,000 years ago. Now we continue to wait for His advent with the angels to come and receive those who belong to Him.
Just as little children bubble up with excitement as they can hardly wait to open their presents on Christmas morning, we also should anticipate the greatest gift of all:
How can we live a worry-free life? Well, gratitude is the antidote for all our worries. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God that transcends all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” It is very difficult to be anxious when you are focused on all the blessings you have. The Bible encourages us to give thanks for all the blessings we have even for the smallest things that we take for granted. When we do this, our perspective and appreciation for the good things in life expands and helps us to cope better when difficulties arise.
Psychologists and medical professionals at Mayo Clinic explain that people who are grateful are also physically and mentally healthier and happier. As we move into the season of thanksgiving let us cultivate a habit of gratitude. We have to train ourselves to be more grateful for there are so many things we can do to show our appreciation to God.
Give thanks for each day when you wake up because it is a blessing to wake up every day and feel alive. And, don’t forget to give thanks every evening before you go to bed. Take time to thank God during meal times. Give thanks for the food provided and for the nourishment of your body. Many around the world go hungry each day without a meal.
Give thanks for the family and friends God has given each one of us to
Tasty Tuesdays is a new ministry in our church. On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, meals are delivered to individuals who could use one!
A meal made with love doesn't only feed hunger, it fills loneliness, heals hurt and brings joy.
My Dear Friends,
The month of May brings with it great excitement for all of us. The weather begins to warm up, birds are flying around, and the air is getting fresh and crisp. Those of us who like working outside and digging in the dirt by way of gardening begin to prepare to plant our crops. In general, we all look forward to exciting plans for the summer.
Spring is finally here and we can’t help but notice the new life bursting forth all around us. New life seems to come just around Easter each year. We celebrate with the lilies, tulips, hyacinths, and all the trees begin to blossom again.
Christ has risen and continues to give new life to all of us, not only humans, but to all creation including the plants and animals. He is raised to heal the sick, help those who are struggling. He is raised to help the addict recover and heal those living with pain and to find strength and relief.
Jesus did not only rise from the dead but the scriptures say he ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father. In this Christian calendar
The snow is melting, the birds are chirping! We are beginning to get sightings of robins and daffodils. It looks like we have survived another winter here in the Poconos. Easter is around the corner – Hooray!
As we work our way through Lent, we now turn our eyes to Holy Week. Believe it or not there are people who do not know anything about Holy Week and there are some Christians who skip over Holy Week right to Easter. However, for many of us we know it is an important because it is the holiest of all weeks on our Christian calendar. This week starts with Palm Sunday, which is also called Passion Sunday because we read the story leading up to the crucifixion and death of Christ on the cross. The day begins with waving palm branches and
There will be one service of worship at 10 a.m. You don’t want to miss it!
On Sunday, September 29th, we will experience a variety of worship styles in a blended service as one congregation in the Sanctuary, as we celebrate the good things God is doing in our congregation, and as we welcome new friends to our congregation. There will be special music presentations, dance, and much more.
Following the service, there will be a fellowship lunch for us to enjoy food and friendships around the table. This will be a potluck lunch, so please bring your favorite dish to share.