Pastor Balmer’s Bulletin 4/8/2021

Psalm 133:1 was painted on my fraternity’s dormitory stairwell: “How Good and Pleasant it is when Brothers Dwell Together in Unity.” I thought about that verse a lot, as I passed it. Especially if guys in the house were fighting! Now the full version, in another translation, is on a...

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Easter Is Not for Springtime, but All Time

Pastor Balmer’s Bulletin: Easter Is Not for Springtime, but All Time  For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in...

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It’s not a list!

That’s what the late preacher Fred Craddock bellowed when he was preaching on the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Romans 16 ends with a series of instructions:  “…Greet Mary, who worked hard for you, Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me....

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The Friar’s Fragment

One of the essential ministries of the church is to help its members set their spiritual gifts free. There is a wide variety of gifts within the church, and a part of the charge which the church has is to help set these gifts free in people. How are we...

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Finished?

From the Pastor…               Finished?     To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well...

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Moving Forward

From the Pastor…              Moving Forward       I am delighted that we can resume getting together for worship! Yes, it’s wise to refrain from handshakes and hugs, etc., but just being in the same room (even with face masks, if desired) will be a pleasure. – I have missed...

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That’s Stupid!

  From the Pastor…              “That’s Stupid !”     There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. — Will Rogers Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. — Unknown   Whenever a man does a thoroughly...

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Duration or Donation

From the Pastor…              Duration or Donation? The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation. — Peter Marshall Do you want to live a long time?  Who doesn’t? Sure, a few people here and there don’t care about living a long, but most of us want to maximize...

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The Great Priority

From the Pastor… The Great Priority     For the longest time, I have begun my workday by updating my Do List. There is often a full-page of tasks to accomplish. Once the list is printed, my next job is to decide which tasks are immediate and most important. The...

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Children & Youth Ministry Update

From the Associate Pastor…    Children & Youth Ministry Update   Across America, everyone has been challenged by the COVID-19 virus and the church is no exception. With the help of a network of youth and children’s ministers working together, we have used email, Zoom-Facetime, social media, and snail-mail as a gift to...

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