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Epiphany: A time for new beginnings

Epiphany. Eureka. Aha! (A light bulb goes on over your head.) January can be a bleak time. It is a bit of a blah month: the high spirits of the holidays are over, it’s back to work, and the bills for the holiday season come due. The weather turns decidedly harsher, and winter is readying…
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Advent service showcases family musical talents

One of the highlights of the Advent season is the Family Worship Service, which took place this year on Dec. 22. Shown above are some of this year’s performers: (from left) Pastor Tom Hartshorn on the piano; his daughter Holly Dhankhar on the sax; her daughter Grace Dhankhar on the flute; and the pastor’s son…
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Choir presents Christmas cantata

On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ choir presented its Christmas canata, “Love Transcending,” by John W. Peterson. Solos were performed by Bob Gough, Ginny Reisenweber, Mary Kackley and Pastor Tom Hartshorn. The choir is led by Director of Music Joey DiGuglielmo. Our choir may be small, but it is impressive.…
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Congregation members fill stockings for needy children

Lois Brady figures she’s been doing this for at least 50 years now — working with the Salvation Army to provide gifts for children in need. At one time, it involved dressing dolls and providing teddy bears. More recently, it has meant filling mesh stockings with toys, candy and other gifts for children in four…
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Choir to perform Christmas cantata during Dec. 15 service

The choir will present its 2019 Christmas cantata, “Love Transcending,” by John W. Peterson on Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 15, the third Sunday of Advent, during the 11 a.m. service. The choir has performed and revived several Peterson classics over many years. This 1957 work, however, differs from last year’s cantata, “Night of Miracles,” in that…
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Thanksgiving memories

When we think of Thanksgiving, many of us think of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Freedom from Want” painting, which shows a family gathered around the dinner table ready to feast on a large turkey. Indeed, many of our Thanksgiving memories may be very much like that painting. But the holiday is as individual as the people…
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Guidelines for Salvation Army stockings

If you are filling a socking or stockings for the Salvation Army, here are the guidelines they give for what is best to include. These guidelines also include age groupings. As always, our thanks to Lois Brady for coordinating the delivery of these stockings to the Salvation Army and bringing this wonderful giving opportunity to…
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veterans day

The true meaning of Veterans Day

Veterans Day. What does it mean to you? For some people, it is a day off work or some really good sales at the mall. If you served in the military or know someone who did, then there is a deeper meaning for you. You know that Veterans Day is a day set aside to…
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Trunk or Treat is a big success!

Around 50-60 kids and parents turned out on Thursday, Oct. 24, for the church’s Trunk or Treat. Caren Forestandi, Mary Hartshorn, Charlie Cloud, Cayla and Ben Merica, Susan Dailey and Bob and Lisa Gough brought their vehicles and decorated them. Many church members, including Sylvia Kesecker, James Rinker, Mary Ellen Dailey, John Gsell, Harvey and…
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Congregation honors its children with Children’s Sabbath ceremony

The church observed the National Children’s Sabbath, an event begun by the Children’s Defense Fund, by holding a candle-lighting ceremony to honor children during the regular service on Oct. 20. Congregation members were invited to name children to be remembered with a candle — either their own children, those in their families or children around…
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