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Category: Congregation Corner

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2020 Annual Report

Normally in January, the church makes it Annual Report available in print form to the congregation, and it is approved in a meeting by voice vote. The pandemic has closed our church and made in-person meetings too risky, so the Consistory has decided to publish the Annual Report online. This link will take you to…
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Welcome new Consistory members!

The new year brings a new Consistory. The group met for the first time on Sunday, Jan. 10 in the sanctuary. As you can see from this photo, masks and social distancing are enforced during the meetings. After many years of service, Harvey Reisenweber completed his term on the Consistory and stepped down as president.…
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Sunday sermon, Jan. 10, 2020

Today’s sermon marks the first Sunday in Epiphany. Pastor Tom Hartshorn reads from the 43rd chapter of the book of Isaiah and talks about baptism, which is one of the celebrations during the Epiphany season. Baptism, he reminds us, is the washing away of our sins in anticipation of the coming of the kingdom of…
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Sunday sermon, Dec. 27, 2020

Reading the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, Pastor Tom Hartshorn tells us that Christmas is a “Christ event.” These events are still happening today — in the nurses who hold the hands of the dying in COVID wards, in the front-line workers who continue to do their jobs and in the…
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The last Advent candle, a Christmas eve story and some music

The last candle of Advent is the Christ candle. Watch the video below as Pastor Tom Hartshorn lights the candle and talks about its meaning. Next, Sylvia Kesecker reads a Christmas Eve story, “The Crippled Lamb” by Max Lucado, to remind us that God has a place for all of us. Click on the arrow…
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The Chrismon Tree

In this short video, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about the traditions behind the church’s Chrismon Tree. Click on the arrow in the image below to watch, then go to the next image to see the lighting of the fourth Advent candle. The fourth Advent candle is for love. Click on the arrow in the image…
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Sunday sermon, Dec. 13, 2020

Today’s scripture reading is from the book of Isaiah, 12:2. The passage is one of thanksgiving to God, and Pastor Tom Hartshorn reminds us there is joy in gratitude. In these challenging times, we may not feel joyous, but we can all find things to be thankful for that give us joy. After the sermon,…
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The second candle of Advent: Peace

On this second Sunday of Advent, join Pastor Tom Hartshorn as he lights the Advent candle signifying peace. Click on the arrow in the image below to watch the candle lighting.

Light One Candle for CCAP during Advent

Our church tradition is to sing the song “Light One Candle” each Sunday during the Advent season while presenting either non-perishable foods or monetary gifts for CCAP. Although we can’t gather for services right now, we can still take part in this giving tradition. Every Thursday during the Advent season, you can bring your non-perishable…
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Sunday sermon, Nov. 29, 2020, and the first Advent candle

Emily Dickinson called it “the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” Today’s sermon, like the first candle of the Advent season, is about hope. Reading from the book of Jeremiah, chapter 33, Pastor Tom Hartshorn talks about how, in these difficult times, we should remember that our hope comes from God. In God,…
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