From the Pastor’s Desk “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5: 18-21) As Paul sets out to compose...

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Pastor’s Desk Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ! Well, the lazy, hazy, and rainy days of summer are over and we’re all back!  The stores have had their “Back to School” promotions.  The children are off to school.  The rest of us are back at work. In a way, though, we’re all going “Back to School.” Our school is the Academy of Christian Living. It’s located at the intersection of suffering and joy. Our teacher...

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The Spirit Newsletter June 2021

Posted By on May 27, 2021

From Pastor’s Desk Dear Friends,As nature ends the season of spring, we also end the season of study. And this Summer we desperately wish to end the COVID 19. Every year these “endings,” whether of nature or the school year (and of mask and social distancing this year) remind me of the “ending” of our lives here on earth. In order to end the school year, we need to pass the final exam.In order overcome COVID 19 and move on in...

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The Spirit Newsletter May 2021

Posted By on Apr 29, 2021

From Pastor’s Desk Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “Batter Up!” Next fall the umpire will say one last time. The batter (I hope is a Mets) will swing and score the winning run of the 2021 world series. That run will conclude a “Championship Season.” But that is next fall. Now we are at the beginning of the baseball season. To have a “Championship Season” the athletes must start with the discipline of Spring Training. You...

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The Spirit Newsletter April 2021

Posted By on Mar 28, 2021

From Pastor’s Desk Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The resurrection is the center of our faith, it is the foundation of our Christian experience, and it is the goal towards which our lives move. The resurrection is of first importance to us, not because it is a nice ending to the story of Jesus, but because it is the beginning of our story, a story in which our faith can triumph over death (and the devastating effects of...

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The Spirit Newsletter March 2021

Posted By on Feb 26, 2021

From Pastor’s Desk Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It was a heart-rending experience. Beth was a beautiful young woman. The automobile accident left her face terribly disfigured. Had great hope for her. It would take a long series of painful surgical procedures but eventually Beth emerged from them restored and radiantly beautiful. We are truly beautiful people. After all, we were created in the very image of God....

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