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Category: Congregation Corner

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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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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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