Author: SLPAGE

Here for you

Dear Church Family, It was just two weeks ago that I wrote to tell you that the church would close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At that time, we were told that by the end of March we would be able to resume normal activities.  Well, here we are and we’re still not out of

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Be well

If you are like me, I’ve heard about all the news and advice on the Corona virus I can tolerate.  While I know that we need to take this disease seriously, I also know that obsessing on it isn’t the answer. Okay, okay, I know that some will chastise me for saying this, but I’ve

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Different Directions

Remember the days before GPS when you either had to have a map or put yourself at the mercy of others by asking for directions?  Back in those days you would often find yourself driving in circles all the while hoping to find your destination. In addition to not being very much fun, it often

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Lent is upon us

A Pastor’s Perspective I’m really excited about the Lenten season this year.  One reason is that Lent means that Spring is on its way, and while I enjoy many things about winter, I’m ready for it to be over.  I’ll bet you are, too. The season of Lent is upon us and warmer weather is

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Roses are red, violets are blue . . .

“Roses are red, violets are blue . . .” are the words that begin a variety of love poems.  I’m reminded of them as we approach the celebration of Valentine’s Day, a time of expressing our romantic impulses to those we love.  Flowers and cards will be sent, chocolates and jewelry given.  Restaurants will be

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Church culture

As the time gets closer to the upcoming Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 1, I am spending time preparing for my presentation.  The topic concerns church culture and why it is important to understand it.  This is something that I’ve studied closely now for four decades, and yet, I still find myself feeling at a

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Annual Leadership Conference coming up

One of the benefits of belonging to a denomination like ours is the friendships and cooperation that exists with other congregations. It helps us to remember that we are not in this alone. We have partners in ministry throughout the country and the world. I’m sure most of you are aware that we have three

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Christmas is near

Merry Christmas!  By the time you read this, Christmas will be but a few days off.  Just a few more days to shop, wrap gifts, bake cookies, prepare a Christmas dinner and all the rest of the things we do this time of year.  Some will be traveling to see family and friends.  Others will

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Christmas is Coming

As I sit writing this article it occurred to me that there are but three weeks until Christmas. My how time flies!  It seems like only yesterday that it was summer.  What happened to Fall?  Still, as I look around, I can see that it’s definitely Christmas time.  The church is now decorated.  Christmas trees

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Maybe that’s because it is a time of feasting and that I like to eat.  I love the delicious food that we serve up in abundance during this holiday; the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce along with all the other dishes that go along with it.  I also like

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