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Blinded by the Light – 2-11-24

All too often, when God works in a powerful way to turn circumstances into favorable outcomes, some people respond, “What a coincidence!”  How about THIS response: “What a God incident”! This Sunday, Pastor Jack will invite us to perceive and affirm God at work in everyday occurrences as we pray for …

5th Sunday After Epiphany 2-4-24

SAVE THE DATES: WEATHER CANCELLATIONS – will be sent via email through the Icon system as soon as a decision is made. If you are unsure if the church will be open, please check your email before braving the elements. PASTOR’S VACATION – Pastor will be away from Feb. 3 …

Called to a New Lifestyle – 1-28-24

Called to a New Lifestyle  Observers of some religions are easily identified.  For example: an orthodox Jew is clearly identified in the way that person dresses, prepares food, prays, etc.  So … what are the identifying traits of baptized Christians?  Do we stand out in a crowd, or simply blend in?  This …

Called to Proclaim Christ – 1-21-24

Did you know that Jesus has commissioned his followers to tell others about his saving grace?  This is known as “witnessing for Christ”, and such sharing is part of the fabric of being a baptized Christian.  However, we’re so timid and shy about speaking to others about Jesus.  Why is …

Called By The Spirit’s Power – 1-24-24

Due to the fact that we were unable to observe the festival of the Baptism of Our Lord on Jan. 7, we will do so on Jan. 14 with the readings and bulletin originally intended for Jan. 7 Every baptism is cute, adorable, and wonderful to behold.  However, there is …

Called By The Spirit’s Power – 1-7-24

Every baptism is cute, adorable, and wonderful to behold.  However, there is another adjective to describe baptism: powerful! Did you ever realize that baptism involves the invoking of the Holy Spirit? The power of the Spirit comes upon and within each baptized individual.  This Sunday we observe a Christian festival known as the Baptism of …

Looks Like We Made it – 12-31-23

Just before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, where are your thoughts usually centered?  In the past? Or in the future? According to the Scriptures, the people of God are always “forward looking” … and God gives us good reasons to be optimistic.  Join Pastor Jack this Sunday for …

Fourth Sunday of Advent 12-24-23

SAVE THE DATES: DO YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR BOOKS AND HELP SOTH – Click here for instructions to purchase books from LegacyBooksNJ.com or refer to the bulletin insert. This is the company that has placed the bins in our parking lot. You can order gently used books directly from their …

Christmas Blues 12-17-23

How often have we heard, “Tis the season to be jolly”?  But what if you don’t FEEL like being jolly? According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of Americans feel so stressed by holiday preparations that they actually report feelings of depression and anxiety.  Amid this, our assigned Scripture this Sunday is …

Better Days are Coming – 12-03-2023

Would you like to guarantee yourself a strong case of pre-holiday depression?  Just watch the evening news each night… there are reports of violence, oppression, protests, and angry outbursts…whew!  Just before Jesus was born, God’s people were suffering as well…but the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “Better days are ahead” with the prediction of the Messiah’s …