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Sunday sermon, Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

Christ is risen! This Easter sermon begins with a reading of the resurrection story from the book of Mark, chapter 16. The tomb is empty and Christ has risen, Pastor Tom Hartshorn tells us. You can believe it or not, but that choice makes all the difference in our lives. After the sermon, Director of…
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Sunday sermon, March 21, 2021

This sermon for the 5th Sunday of Lent begins with a reading from John 12:20, in which Jesus compares himself to a seed that falls to the ground and appears to be dead, but later produces wheat. Like the seed, Christ died on the cross, but rose again to give new life to all who…
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Sunday sermon, March 7, 2021

The sermon for the third Sunday of Lent centers on the story from the book of John, chapter 4, which tells of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. When he asks her for a drink, she is shocked because he is violating two social boundaries: He is speaking to a woman in public,…
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Sunday sermon, Feb. 21, 2021

On this first Sunday of Lent, we enter a time of introspection as we approach Easter. Today’s scripture is from the book of Luke, chapter 4, which tells of Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness and being tempted by Satan. The pandemic has already forced us to give up so much, Pastor Tom Hartshorn…
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Thursday night dinner cancelled due to snow

The regular Thursday night community dinner for Feb. 18 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Stay home and stay safe!

Kansas City wins the Soup-er Bowl!

Soup-er Bowl Commissioner James Rinker reports that the Kansas City Chiefs have won the church’s annual Soup-er Bowl competition, netting 139 cans of soups to the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s 46 cans. The real winner, of course, is CCAP, which will be the recipient of all of these cans of soup to help those in need.…
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Sunday Sermon, Feb. 7, 2021

Today’s Bible verse, Isaiah 40:20, centers on something we don’t all have, but we sorely need: patience. In today’s sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn notes that while it is hard to wait for things we want — like our turn at vaccination — patience is our most-needed virtue right now. Following the sermon, Director of Music…
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Sunday Sermon, Jan. 24, 2021

This weeks sermon is centered on the story of Jesus’ first recorded miracle from the book of John. When there was not enough wine at the wedding feast Jesus was attending, Mary asked her son to help, and Jesus turned water into wine. Building on this story, Pastor Tom Hartshorn considers how much is enough…
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Coming soon: Soup-er Bowl 2021!

The annual Soup-er Bowl is returning to Christ Reformed United Church of Christ despite the church’s closure amid this pandemic.  Here’s how it works: congregation members donate cans of soup around the time of the Super Bowl, donating in the name of their favorite team. Our unscientific soup-can method doesn’t always predict the Super Bowl…
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2020 Annual Report

Normally in January, the church makes it Annual Report available in print form to the congregation, and it is approved in a meeting by voice vote. The pandemic has closed our church and made in-person meetings too risky, so the Consistory has decided to publish the Annual Report online. This link will take you to…
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