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From Michael Waschevski | December 11, 2019

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Dear Friends, In this season of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Emmanuel – God with us – holy scripture, poetry, and song help us give voice to the mystery of the Incarnation. This Sunday’s proclamation of the Word at the 11 a.m. service includes five anthems...

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From Michael Waschevski | October 9, 2019

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Dear friends,   During this month we take an opportunity to intentionally reflect on God’s generosity in our lives and our prayerful response. The month culminates when we offer our pledges and commitments to God in worship on October 27.  It is a holy moment in our lives as...

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From Michael Waschevski | September 11, 2019

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Dear friends,   Last Sunday was a full and wonderful day on our Penn Street campus.  Worship was vibrant and moving, visitors and new members began a First Connections Class together, Church School classes for all ages began -including new classes, a new member was received, we...

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From Michael Waschevski | August 14, 2019

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Dear friends,   Each summer I find myself inspired to reread a spiritual classic that has had a profound impact on my life of faith and experience of God’s love.  It has seemed especially important to me this month  given the violence, hateful rhetoric, and fear that has...

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From Michael Waschevski | July 10, 2019

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Dear friends, Last week we began our Worship Around the World theme in worship.  Over the next several weeks we are intentionally incorporating liturgy and music from a different continent each week.   In addition to prayers, creeds, hymns and songs, we are praying for the Church...

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From Michael Waschevski | June 12, 2019

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Dear friends, With Pentecost Sunday now in the rearview mirror, we enter the time of year the church identifies either as the Season after Pentecost or Ordinary Time. Not very exciting designations, are they? Take your pick which you prefer! The Time after Pentecost sounds like a letdown. Kind...

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From Michael Waschevski | May 15, 2019

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Dear friends,   During the last three weeks, First Presbyterian has welcomed 23 new members to the congregation. Some made their profession of faith as part of the confirmation class, some transferred membership from other congregations, and several have reaffirmed their faith and...

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From Michael Waschevski | April 17, 2019

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Dear friends, As you receive this PSO, we are in the middle of Holy Week.  Each day we have been worshipping in the chapel at noon as we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the cross.  The final three days before Easter are an especially intense time of worship and...

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From Michael Waschevski | March 6, 2019

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Dear friends, Today is Ash Wednesday.  First Presbyterian Church gathers for worship at 12 noon in the Chapel, 5.30 p.m. at WOW (Community Crossroads) and at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Scripture, preaching, music, prayers, the imposition of ashes, and the sharing of  the...

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From Michael Waschevski | Febraury 13, 2019

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Dear friends,   Christian history is filled with wisdom from sisters and brothers throughout out the ages.  Their life and witness through their writings continue to inspire me.  I was recently reminded of these words from St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859), a French...

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