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Ponderings From the PA

Expectancy is the theme of Advent. For centuries the Israelites expected a new messiah to appear and return the kingdom they knew under David. They looked backward and pined for their history to be repeated. However, the birth of Jesus and his ministry brought disappointment because what they expected and what was delivered were quite […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure One of my favorite hymns is titled “Come, ye Thankful People, Come” It has long been used as a Thanksgiving hymn and became popular when our country was far more dependent on successful harvests to provide vegetables and fruits to last over the winter. It was written by an English clergyman, […]

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  In my previous role as a Foundation Executive, I was often asked, “Why should I give to the church?”  My answer often shocked the questioner, “You shouldn’t”.  Now, before the Finance Committee prepares to have me tarred and feathered, let me explain. Giving, whether time or money, is not so that the institution of […]

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John Wesley is known for his three-fold advice: “Earn all you can, Save all you can, Give all you can.”  Pondering this advice can cause one to be confused concerning the last two phrases.  If you are saving all you can, then it may seem that you do not have much to give.  This seems especially […]

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Ponderings from the PA

Have you ever received a package you did not expect and you had no idea what was inside?  If you are like me, your curiosity would not let you rest till you opened it to find out who sent it and what was inside.  There can be such excitement in discovery!  Those moments of wondering […]

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Ponderings from the PA

Ministry is a team effort!  Every Monday morning the team known as the staff of Bower Hill Community Church gathers to discuss various issues and programs that affect the lives of the larger team – the congregation.  Though each member of the staff has their own particular focus and talent, everyone shares in thoughts and […]

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One of the questions the disciples ask of Jesus is, “Who is my neighbor?”  In our world of privacy concerns, this may be a good time to ask of each of us the same question.  Years ago at a Rotary gathering in Erie, the presentation was entitled “Decks are our Problem!” It was not a […]

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We recently become friends with a young woman who is a server at our favorite breakfast spot. She is a mother of three young sons. Last week, she could hardy wait to tell us about her good news.  Recently, her oldest son’s teacher had called her and said she needed to speak to her about […]

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Over the past two months we have had several close friends die.  Since we were not in the area at the time, we did not have an opportunity to visit the family in person.  Therefore, I was left writing a note to (in all of these cases) the widows.  This raises the common question, what […]

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Pondering From The PA

The name of our church contains the word “Community,” which I believe to be the most significant part of its name. It is not there to just be a good catch phrase for marketing purposes. But rather it carries with it both an understanding of our identity and our goal. The word is derived from […]

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