Archives for April 2020

What do you cultivate?

The last three to four weeks we have had some beautiful spring days, of course we have had a few stormy days as well. However, for me the sunny mild tepid days overshadow the threatening weather of Easter Sunday and April 19th. After the rain storms the grass is greener, the flowers are blossoming, and the garden plants are thriving! Mid-March I planted my spring/summer garden. It is a small raised bed (8’ x 8’) complete with 2 rows of green beans, radishes, yellow squash, zucchini, bell … [Read more...]

We are Still the Church

As I walk around the church facilities it is quiet. The ministries that once occupied these rooms are on hold and it is painfully quiet to me. You might say that the church is ‘on hold’ because of this pandemic but that is far from the truth. Times like this really show us that the church truly is the people not a building. From our Sunday morning online services, Zoom and group calls Sunday morning Sunday School, Wednesday night online bible study, and the many ministries going on around our … [Read more...]

Encouraged

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. — Philemon 1:7                 The Apostle Paul once wrote to Philemon, his brother in Christ. The letter pertained to an issue with one of Philemon’s servants, but Paul took the opportunity to tell of the encouragement he received from Philemon’s faith. Notice that he … [Read more...]

He is NOT Here, He is risen, just as He said

    EASTER HAS BEEN CANCELLED... or has it?     Well, no doubt, this is an Historic Easter Sunday. Maybe the first time in church history where the church was not gathered for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.     My favorite children’s book about Easter is, “The Best Thing About Easter” by Christine Harder Tangvald. It is about a little girl answering what she likes best about Easter. She is asked if hunting Easter eggs is her … [Read more...]

Linger at the Cross

Although in many ways it doesn’t seem like it, we are beginning the first day of Holy Week. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Today begins the final week of Jesus’ ministry: the last supper with His disciples, His arrest, mock trial, beating and ultimate crucifixion. Then on Easter Sunday His glorious Resurrection! Traditionally we celebrate “Maundy Thursday” this week. This service focuses our attention upon the last meeting Jesus has … [Read more...]