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Myers honored in Shepherd University recognition program

Mary Beth Myers, administrative assistant of Veterans Student Programming at Shepherd University, was given the first-ever Equity, and Inclusivity Award by the school for her commitment to inclusivity, social justice and diversity during a Zoom ceremony on April 22. Myers, who is the sister of church member Sylvia Stubbs, was one of four staff members…
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Rinker inducted into education honor society

James Rinker was inducted into Shepherd University’s Delta Psi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, on April 16.  Membership is by invitation only and is limited to the top 20 percent of students in their respective fields of study. The ceremony took place outside, with guests staying in their cars…
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Sunday sermon, May 2, 2021

This Sunday’s sermon begins with a reading from the Gospel of John, chapter 15, in which Jesus says he is the vine and God is the vine dresser. We must abide in the vine in order to bear fruit, Jesus tells us. Pastor Tom Hartshorn looks at the image of the vine and how it…
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Sunday sermon, April 18, 2021

In today’s sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn discusses the importance of the church. He talks of how the Scriptures tell us that the aim of the church is to establish a physical space for the body of Christ to inhabit the world. It is also the place chosen by Christ to be made known. And while…
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Consistory votes on limited reopening in June

On Sunday, April 11, the Consistory met and had a long discussion about the safety and other issues surrounding reopening the church. It was decided by unanimous vote to begin holding in-person services once a month starting June 6! Many details still need to be finalized, but safety restrictions will be in place, and the…
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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!