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Category: Congregation Corner

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Sunday sermon, Sept. 20, 2020

Pandemic, protests, wildfires, hurricanes … as we hunker down in our homes waiting for all of the bad things to be over, it’s easy to feel hopeless. In today’s mini-sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn reminds us that we are still a church and encourages us to embrace life. To view this week’s sermon, click on the…
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Cereal for CCAP 2020

In the past, we have collected boxes of cereal to donate to CCAP to feed the hungry in our community during the month of September. This year has presented challenges, not the least of which is that our church is closed because of the pandemic. But creative minds will not be stopped, and James Rinker,…
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So you want to be a “pew sitter”

The church has been putting out the call for people to join us as “pew sitters,” and you may be wondering what that is. Good question! When we started taping sermons earlier this summer for airing online, we realized it is not easy for Tom to preach to an empty church. There were two of…
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Sunday sermon, Sept. 6, 2020

“That they may all be one.” It is the motto of the United Church of Christ, and it is Jesus’ wish for us as He left the world. In this mini-sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about what unity means, especially in our divided society. And he reminds us that “oneness” is not “sameness.” To use…
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Sunday sermon, Aug. 23, 2020

We can’t worship together yet, but we can be together in spirit. In this mini-sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about how we can benefit our neighbors and ourselves by speaking up and, in the words of the late Rep. John Lewis, getting into some “good trouble.” Click on the arrow in the image of Tom…
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Sunday Sermon, Aug. 9, 2020

We can’t worship together yet, but we can be together in spirit. In this mini-sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about the importance of hope during these trying times. Click on the arrow in the image of Tom at the pulpit to start the video.

End times…or just the beginning?

Recently, I finished reading the book of Revelation. That’s no easy feat, and I will not pretend that I understood a lot of it. I recall a sermon in the not-so-distant past in which Tom remarked that Revelation was written using imagery that would have meaning for the people of the author’s time; we aren’t…
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Sunday Sermon, July 26, 2020

Our church remains closed, but we can all be together in spirit. In this mini-sermon, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about how we can be the church out in our daily lives. Click on the arrow in the image below to start the sermon.

Dreaming of a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

I don’t put much stock in the meaning of dreams, but last night I had a very vivid one I feel compelled to share. My dream was an algorithm. I don’t remember all the details, but essentially the goal of the algorithm was to escape a puzzle. The puzzle was the algorithm itself. As in…
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Sunday Sermon, July 12, 2020

We can’t worship together just yet, but we can bring the Sunday service into your homes virtually. Enjoy this short sermon put together by Pastor Tom Hartshorn.