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January 7, 2015

New Format for Discipleship Class

New Format for Discipleship Class

Beginning on the first Sunday in January out Adult Discipleship gatherings (still 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning) will engage Scripture in a new way. Rather than reading and discussing Scripture thematically by using the passage that are read and preached upon in worship, we will take a narrative approach. We will engage the stories of selected Biblical […]

January 7, 2015

Family Promise Volunteer Week: February 1-8

Family Promise Volunteer Week: February 1-8

“Family Promise of Northern New Castle County is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that prevents and ends homelessness for families. We provide a safe place to eat and sleep, intensive case management, support, and hope. Our work is accomplished through a network of congregations that host families directly in their houses of worship, staffed by caring […]

January 1, 2015

The Flash! – January 1, 2015

The Flash! - January 1, 2015

This week we welcome Church Administrator Matthia McCracken to the writer’s desk… Almost any crochet pattern, whether you’re making a doily or a sweater, ends with the same three words. I dread these three small words every time I begin a new project.Weave in ends.If you knit or crochet, any time you change a color or […]

December 18, 2014

Worship at First & Central

Worship at First & Central

On Sunday, December 28 we will again this year gather for worship with our sisters and brothers at First and Central Presbyterian Church.  This will be the fifth year we have worshiped together on the first Sunday after Christmas since we first did so in the wake of our failed boiler in 2010.  We will gather at […]

December 18, 2014

The Flash! – December 18, 2014

The Flash! - December 18,  2014

One of the greatest American artists, Henry Ossawa Tanner was born in 1859 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When she was a young girl, his mother Sarah escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad. His father Benjamin became a renowned African Methodist Episcopal minister, bishop, theologian, and author. His middle name is short for Osawatomie – the town […]

December 11, 2014

The Flash! – December 11, 2014

The Flash! - December 11, 2014

This Sunday the Advent express to Bethlehem will make its third whistle stop at Joy Station.  In worship we will light the special pink candle on our Advent wreath to signal a reprieve from the focused, introspective, purple journey of watching and waiting.  In anticipation of our destination we are freed to rejoice openly in […]

December 4, 2014

The Flash! – December 5, 2014

The Flash! - December 5, 2014

This Sunday morning, at our second stop on the Advent train bound for Bethlehem’s light, we will hear from the prophet Isaiah words originally spoken for those traveling through deep darkness and long shadows: When trapped in the gap between the light we long for and the shadows that surround us, the space to be […]

December 1, 2014

The Herald – December 2014

November 26, 2014

The Flash! – November 26, 2014

The Flash! - November 26, 2014

On the eve of Thanksgiving I’m mindful that expressions of gratitude are as wide-ranging as the blessings that lead to them.  If you shift that thought into reverse…the more things we count as blessings, the more often, deeply, and fully we offer thanksgiving.  Gratitude is a journey: each step propels us not just to the […]

November 20, 2014

The Flash! – November 20, 2014

The Flash! - November 20, 2014

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?Robert Burns wrote this now famous song and refrain in Scotland in the 1700’s.  Old Lang Synemeans “times gone by”.  It did not become associated with New Year’s Eve until Guy Lombardo sang it at a New Year’s […]

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