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Septuagesima: An antiquated pre-Lenten season rich with meaning

One of the interesting things to come out of research I did for a Sunday school series I gave a few years ago on the history of the church year at my last church (and which I hope to do someday at CRUCC) was my discovery of the now-obscure Septuagesima season, which dates to the early 500s…
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Soup-er Bowl soup drive starts on Sunday, Jan. 26

Every year, Christ Reformed United Church of Christ collects soup cans for the CCAP food pantry. We make it a competition: one collection box for each team playing in the Super Bowl. Whichever team gets the most cans of soup “wins.” We’re starting on Sunday, Jan. 26, and keeping the competition going through the Super…
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Annual meeting of the CRUCC congregation to take place Sunday

The annual meeting of the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ congregation will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, immediately after worship. Congregation members will learn more about what has been taking place in the church, and will receive and approve reports from various church committees. A meal will be provided. Join us for an afternoon…
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Join us for a Retro Gospel Listening Party

Got the winter blahs? Come energize your mind and recalibrate your soul with an afternoon or evening of vintage gospel music. If you grew up with songs such as “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” this event is for you! Our Music Director Joey DiGuglielmo will be sharing…
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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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