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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A Garden of Suffering

From the Pastor… A Garden of Suffering   According to Morgan Cutolo in an article “The 15 Most Bizarre Perks of the Royal Family”: when the current queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II dies, the people of Britain are banned from being funny on public television.  The BBC isn’t allowed...

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Control Issues

From the Pastor…                  Control Issues   But the threat of a pandemic is different from that of a nerve agent, in that a disease can spread uncontrollably, long after the first carrier has succumbed. — Hannah Fry I haven’t felt compelled to offer you a lot of comments about the...

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What is Truth?

From the Pastor…      What is the Truth?   In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth – often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and...

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