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                                       October, 2017

……from the Pastor’s desk……

As I write to you this month, Rick and I have returned from a bit of R & R as we went on a trip to New England and Canada to view the fall color changes. We had never spent time other than plane-stops enroute somewhere else in this area of the U.S. We went, knowing that mid-September may be early for colors, and it was, but the mid-70s temperatures, faint       dry-ness, and general beauty and wonder of the eastern coast of our country into north-eastern Canada was absolutely beautiful and picturesque. We were able to take daily tours in Boston, Bar Harbor, Maine, and Halifax, Sydney, north to Port Edwards Island, Quebec City, and Montreal, to name some of our stops via our cruise. 

 

I thank the Session and our membership (you folks) for allowing me to take time for rest, reflection, and re-gaining my strength and energy for our times together in our church and community. I feel so blessed to be able to take part in a favorite past-time of traveling and experiencing what God has created on earth for all to enjoy. I ‘journaled’ our travels and will take time to share our stories and pictures with you as time passes.

 

As the world ( and the PC(USA) as well) is involved with mission/assistance to many areas in our country from disastrous rains and flooding, fires, and the restoration of electricity, water, and food, along with clean-up and construction crews rebuilding homes and businesses, we enter the last phase of ‘ordinary time’ in the church calendar year. Yes, the church (and our church!) is facing some exciting times: we invite you to worship each Sunday to hear of our continuing ‘moments for memories’ where members re-tell and share our experiences as we celebrate our 160th church anniversary. We’ve heard of the history of our building, its property, the founders of the first congregations here, our ‘past’ pastors, committees, and missions where God has been leading us as the Body of Christ. Names of familiar members, their activities,              church-worship, and care of our church family and property are prominent, as we reminisce, remember, laugh with joy!   

 

 This month we celebrate in the wider church on Reformation Sunday, October 29th this year—we celebrate the birth of the protestant reformation. We will accentuate core principles of John Calvin, our founder, which include the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture, justification (salvation) by grace through our faith, and the priesthood of all believers. We give glory and praise to God for these ‘reformed and always reforming’ values as we worship together weekly. Aren’t we glad we are Presbyterians?

 

May God Bless,

Pastor Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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