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Live or Artificial? In many families this issue regarding the Christmas tree has been the source of lively discussion and debate. The traditionalists have maintained that the real celebration of the season is maintained by using the live (before it was cut down) tree. An evergreen is intended to symbolize the ever present spirit of […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure What is your identity? Over the past several years there has been growing concern about identity theft. Also, greater security concerns have led to more ways necessary to prove who you are. Recently I was walking downtown at lunch time and noticed that most everyone that passed had some type of […]

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I had the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation for over three decades.  During that time, I had the “privilege” to serve as executor for several estates and to administer numerous bequests. My role was quite simple when there had been adequate planning with careful thought.  Unfortunately this was […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Summer is upon us. (Sometimes the weather doesn’t quite get the message!) In any event, it is known as the time for picnics, pools, and parties. A time for families to head off to new places or comfort in traditional getaways. Certainly a much loved time of year. So, what does summer mean for the […]

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As we have gone from a family of six in our house to a family of two, the topic of “downsizing” has been discussed.  Though this is an extremely personal one with many things to consider, there are some common thoughts.  In our advancing years, will we be able to care for such a big […]

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Ponderings From The PA

We have all heard the old saying “April showers bring May Flowers.” Trite as this, it still holds true and may have a message to us that sometimes is forgotten. We have come to expect so many occurrences in nature that we forget how awesome they are. How do daffodils know when it is time […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Resurrection is an interesting word.  As Christians we associate it the season of Easter. The image is one of the Christ rising from the dead.  It is the affirmation of a transformation from death to new life. In 325 The Council of Nicaea determined how the date of Easter would be chosen.  It was roughly […]

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Now that we are in the season of Lent, there are numerous traditions that seem to reinforce this spiritual journey.  From a fish fry to the ever-present acts of “giving up”, there is a notion that this should be a bleak introspective and often agonizing time leading up to the Good Friday remembrance of the […]

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Pondering from the PA

There are two words that have the potential to influence all of our relationships: “them” and “us”.  When we use the word “them” we seem to identify the persons as somehow different from us.  Obviously, this designation can be quite harmless when we are simply trying to distinguish basic differences such as tall verses short, […]

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