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Advent is here!

Sunday, Nov. 28, marks the first Sunday of Advent. For every Sunday of Advent, we will have our “Light One Candle” ceremony to benefit CCAP. As the pastor lights the Advent candle every week, congregation members will be encouraged to bring gifts of cash or non-perishable food that will be donated to CCAP.

Long-term members recognized

The church recognized six members on Sunday, Nov. 21, for being members of the church for 50 or 75 years. The honorees included: 75 Years: Sue HenryBill Taylor 50 Years: Darlene BauerJames W. Dailey IIMary Catherine KackleyDorothy Wolf James Rinker made introductory remarks, noting that although Bill Taylor could not attend he sent his best…
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Hartshorn honored for 30 years of service

Pastor Tom Hartshorn was honored on Oct. 17 for his 30 years of ministry at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ. Consistory President Sylvia Kesecker presented Tom with a plaque, cards and gifts from the congregation to mark the occasion. All of Tom’s children and four grandchildren were present for the occasion. The day also…
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Service for John Davis

On Oct. 5, we lost John Davis. He was a good friend to many of us, a dedicated member of the congregation and our current financial secretary. We will miss John’s dry humor and vast knowledge about so many things in this world. We will celebrate his life with a service at Christ Reformed United…
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Service for Mary Davis

On Aug. 8, we lost a beloved and treasured church member with the passing of Mary Davis. Mary was a wife, mother, teacher, volunteer and friend to many. She served numerous times on our Consistory, including the current term. She leaves behind her an empty space in all of our lives. We will celebrate her…
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First 2021 scholarship awarded

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ awarded the first of three scholarships for 2021 to James Rinker, a student at Shepherd University. Pastor Tom Hartshorn awarded the scholarship during the service on Sunday, Aug. 1. Two other scholarships will be given at a later date. Congratulations, James, and best of luck in the school year!

Cereal for CCAP is back!

The church will be holding its annual Cereal for CCAP food drive during the month of August. As we do every year, we’re asking congregation members to bring in boxes of cereal to donate to the Berkeley County CCAP/Loaves and Fishes emergency food bank. Pick your favorite cereal or bring a selection — we accept…
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Church to hold patriotic music recital on July 4

A piano/organ patriotic mini-recital will be given at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ after the regular worship service on July 4. The recital will feature performances by Director of Music Joey DiGuglielmo and Rev. Tom Hartshorn. Selections will include “My Country Tis of Thee,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” and several other well-known…
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Church to reopen for weekly services starting June 6

During its May meeting, the Consistory voted to open the church on Sunday, June 6, for regular weekly services, with restrictions in place. Previously, the Consistory had voted to have services only once a month. All congregants will be asked to wear masks at all times while in the church building. Social distancing will be…
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Sunday sermon, May 16, 2021

The Gospel reading for this Eastertide sermon is the book of John, chapter 17, beginning with the 6th verse, in which Jesus prays for his disciples and followers. Building on this, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about truth in today’s sermon — how different people perceive it differently, and how we often try to bend it…
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