Thanksgiving Eve Service

Our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service is at 6:00 PM, on Wednesday (yes, Thanksgiving Eve). Even in 2020, the year of COVID, we still have much for which to be thankful. Though, following health protocols, we ask those who come to sit six feet from other worshipers.

Church is Reopened

Our Sunday Services and Sunday School are back to “normal,” that is, COVID-19 normal.  Our pastor was under quarantine because he was exposed to the virus during his pastorly duties.  However, his quarantine time is now over (also, he earlier tested negative).  His wife has also tested negative. Adult Sunday School will continue with Acts, […]

Starting on September 27, Journey with Us through the Book of Acts

The first time someone stepped into the arena to preach Jesus, he wanted all to understand—this Word of Christ is for everyone!  Such a day, which some christen as the birthday of the Church.  The wind of the Spirit swept down upon Jesus’ disciples.  Atop each person’s head, flames like fire flickered and danced.  Astonished, […]

Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30: Chrestos to Christos to Kerdos

Under house arrest in Rome, Paul can no longer travel. In earlier days, he twice journeyed to Philippi, disembarking at the port of Neapolis. Now, trekking overland, the closer he approaches the city, the more Latin signposts speckle the landscape. Upon entering, wherever Paul turns, Roman Temples and Latin inscriptions fill the eye. The city’s […]

Matthew 18:21-35: 70 x 7

“Up to seven times,” Peter blurts out, stipulating how many times somebody should absolve another.  The Jewish rabbis of his day said someone met this obligation after forgiving three times (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b-87a).  With more than double what these religious men expect, Peter considers himself most charitable.  Why Jesus didn’t mention the offender repented […]

Romans 13:1-7: For Whom Does the Sword Swing?

Some days or years before our first parents bit into the forbidden tree’s fruit, God founded both Church and family.  In a love unknown to us and a closeness beyond our imagining, Adam and Eve worshiped God.  Though not like we do, to receive His forgiveness and salvation.  No, they required none, yet.  “Be fruitful […]

To Isolate or Not, Such is Our Reality

This is our pastor’s article for the September edition of our congregational newsletter. The Old Testament doesn’t view life and death as mere biological facts.  Read Scripture, and you will find both death and life as an interpretive lens to help understand reality.  Within the words of Scripture, life flows with fruitfulness and abundance, for […]

Matthew 16:21-28: Your Cross and His Cross

At last, somebody understands Jesus!  Earlier, He tossed this query toward His disciples, “Who do people suppose the Son of Man is?”  Above the others, Peter rose, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Happy with the reply, Jesus responds, “You are Peter [petros].  On this rock, [petra, your confession] I will […]

Romans 12:1-2: A Living Sacrifice

After explaining how God saves, Paul now waxes lyrical.  With the depths of God as his topic, he embarks on an exclamation of praise.  First, he seizes a word connected to the sea’s immeasurable depths so we can fathom, in some way, God’s vast riches.  From earlier in Romans, we realize these riches are all […]

Jesus in the Storm

The day began as Jesus withdrew to a deserted place to be alone.  Later, in the afternoon sun, He ascends atop a mountain to pray.  Again, Jesus seeks solitude, far from both crowds and followers.  Earlier, our Lord told His disciples to take to the water in a boat—but this time, He lets them go […]