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This Sunday we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent

Dear Congregation,   This Sunday we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with the traditional Hanging of the Greens worship service. The purple candle of HOPE will be lit on the Advent Wreath by Lorrie LeGrand, Jose Otalora, Isabella LeGrand, and Jose’s mother Herminia Linares. After worship you are invited to take part in decorating the […]

I really like both of these ideas for expressing gratitude.

Dear Congregation,   As we approach Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share with you this thought-provoking piece about being grateful from an American Profile article by Nancy Henderson. In it, Leah Dieterich expresses a different idea for expressing gratitude. “As a teen, she hated it when her mom nagged her to write thank-you notes. But as […]

I trust that you have all received your Stewardship letters and Pledge Cards by now.

Dear Congregation,   I trust that you have all received your Stewardship letters and Pledge Cards by now. As some of you know, it is actually the second batch of that mailing from the church. The first batch of 43 letters and Pledge Cards, deposited at the General Mail Facility on October 21st, seems to […]

I know that we all are appalled at the Antisemitism that has raised its ugly head in our country.

Dear Congregation,   I thought it was important for you to see this statement. I have signed it.   I know that we all are appalled at the Antisemitism that has raised its ugly head in our country. Let us be intentional in our support of our Jewish congregations and neighbors, as a church and […]

Halloween is coming soon and brings back happy memories from my childhood.

Dear Congregation,   Halloween is coming soon and brings back happy memories from my childhood. Attending the children’s Halloween party at First Evangelical and Reformed Church, Sandusky, OH, was a big part of the fun. The annual event was held in the basement of the two-story red brick church, staffed by Sunday School teachers and […]

Reflection from Voices of People of African Descent

“My grandmother’s hands feel leathery. They are never soft or smooth. No amount of lotion can unharden the skin after years spent cleaning, scrubbing, cooking. Hands immersed in dirty water, clean water, harsh chemicals—hands that, combined with elbow grease, shined floors and windows and baseboards in white women’s kitchens. Hands of an older, Southern Black […]