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No church services May 3

There will be no church services on May 3. While the governor is beginning to open up public places, including churches, in a phased-in plan, the Consistory has not yet decided when and how services will resume. Stay tuned for more updates regarding May services and activities.

False prophets

Once upon a time there was a prophet in the Hebrew court named Hananiah. He was very well liked and enjoyed the riches of his position. Hananiah was well-known for his position that God lived in Jerusalem. Therefore, no army could prevail against the city. When the mighty Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem, Hananiah told…
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Church events cancelled through April 30

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ Consistory President Harvey Reisenweber has announced that, in order to adhere to federal guidelines about social gatherings, church services and other church meetings and practices will continue to be cancelled through at least April 30. The Thursday night Community Dinner has been converted to carry out. Stay home and…
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Christ is risen!

For many people, the main symbol of Christianity is the cross. We see crosses everywhere, even worn as jewelry by people who have never been in a church. However, the true symbol of our faith should be the empty tomb. It is in the mystery of the resurrection that we find our hope. If we…
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Thoughts on Palm Sunday morning during the pandemic

When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), the people laid palm branches in his path shouting “Hosanna!”  I learned just this past year from our Pastor, Tom Hartshorn, that rather than being an exclamation of joy or adoration, “Hosanna” is a plea for help. “Save us!” is what the people of Jerusalem were shouting…
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Finding the bright spot in these scary times

As I write this, the world looks very different than it did a week ago, when I was gathering information for a totally different blog post. Coronavirus has come to West Virginia, and it’s very close to home: the first recorded case is in Shepherdstown. The panic shopping that my friends in the Washington, D.C.…
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Services cancelled through Easter

West Virginia’s first case of coronavirus has been identified in the Eastern Panhandle. In order to follow medical and governmental regulations restricting gatherings for public safety, Christ Reformed United Church of Christ has cancelled religious services through Easter. This includes all Sunday worship services, all special services and Sunday school. Choir practices are also cancelled.…
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Sunday service will take place on March 15

We will be holding Sunday service as usual at 11 a.m. on March 15, in spite of recent corona virus precautions taking place in churches in other cities. We have plenty of room, so feel free to spread out! We urge church members to take every precaution to be safe, but for now, we see…
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Lessons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can still teach us today

Black History Month is coming to a close, and writers much more knowledgeable than me have written countless articles about the black leaders who have shaped our nation, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first among them. I will not presume to add to the literature here. Instead, I want to share the article that…
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Soup-er Bowl collects 132 cans of soup for CCAP

Christ Reformed UCC’s fourth-annual Soup-er Bowl competition netted 132 cans of soup for CCAP. Each year, the church asks members to bring in cans of soup and put them in a box to show support for one of the teams competing in that year’s Super Bowl. This year, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super…
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