Pastor’s Letter – January 2018 December 26, 2018
    Grateful for the past.  Anticipating the future.  Fully alive in the present.  New Year’s is a time for both looking back, and facing forward, then finding cause from this perspective to celebrate what is now.  For we are part of a story that has both beginning and ending that gives direction for each today. “A thousand ages in your sight,” says a familiar hymn, “are like an evening gone, short as the watch that...
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Pastor’s Letter – December 2018 December 4, 2018
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”                               (Psalm 111:10)   Do we not emphasize enough the fearsome wrath of God?  Do we rely too much on divine grace?  As Advent season returns, can we not hear the warnings of John the Baptist: “Every tree therefore that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” ...
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Pastor’s Letter – November 2018 November 6, 2018
Developing an attitude of gratitude is good for our health (Scientifically proven!); it builds our immune system and lowers blood pressure.  Grateful people are healthier and live longer.   November is Thanksgiving month.  Yes.  We need a month, not just one day (November 22) to reorient our lives to acknowledge our blessings.  If you haven't yet started your gratitude journal now is the time to get it started.  At the end of each day, write down...
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Pastor’s Letter – October 2018 October 2, 2018
“God bless the broken road” could well be Jewel Reed’s theme song.  Her childhood was far from typical.  Born in New York City, her family moved to Roanoke when Jewel was 4 years old when her father got a job helping to build the Skyline Drive. It was while on the job he soon died of a tragic accident. Jewel, her mother and a brother moved in first with one grandmother, then another, and then because...
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Pastor’s Letter – September 2018 August 30, 2018
Who among us ever lived in homes without electricity or indoor plumbing?  Louise Reep did.  She also spent her early education in one-room schoolhouses. Louise has fond memories of those days, first in rural Snyder County, then Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  She and her eight siblings were raised by her mother in the waning days of the Great Depression.  There were those summers picking and canning beans, gathering cherries for her mother’s pie-making.  Then there was the 4-H...
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Pastor’s Letter – August 2018 July 26, 2018
You’d never know by her modesty, but Mary Divers was with the Tampa Bay organization before the Buccaneers ever had their first player. That was in 1976.  . In fact, Mary’s daughter, Jill has been a key player in the organization for 40 years. Mary was born in Grayson County, Virginia and when she was six years old, her parents moved with her and her brother to North Carolina.  At UNC Greensboro, she studied music, but...
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Pastor’s Letter – July 2018 July 10, 2018
Spending some time with Liz Alls, member of Trinity since 1958, reminds me how each of us has a story to tell.  Growing up in Page County, Liz was oldest of seven children (Sue Short Kinzie of Trinity is her youngest sister.) Liz’s father died in a automobile accident when she was 15.  She became “parent” to her younger siblings when her mother then had to go to work to support the family. To those who...
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Pastor’s Letter – June 2018 June 7, 2018
Have you heard about the “butterfly effect”?  The great, recently deceased, mathematician Anatole Katok demonstrated how a disturbance as slight as the flapping wing of a butterfly in one region of the atmosphere may cause a major event like a hurricane in another.   If butterfly wings can do that, think what our every day interactions might trigger. My favorite example is a story about Ron Crawford.  When he was in Luther League as a teenager...
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Pastor’s Letter – April 2018 March 29, 2018
Remember “April Love” sung by Pat Boone?  What a way to describe the empty tomb of a crucified Jesus that begins our month!  With God all things are possible.  Death has been transformed into a doorway to new life.            How fitting that this month of Love is ushered in by Easter.  In the flush of spring, our souls are awakened, our senses aroused.  Celebration is in the air. “Come, you faithful, raise the strain of...
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Pastor’s Letter – March 2018 March 5, 2018
  Do you remember the story of Mary and Martha?  Martha’s busy in the kitchen hastily putting dinner together for Jesus and his friends. She’s working herself to a frenzy while her sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to him talk. Martha finally has enough.  She bursts into the living room and demands that Jesus get her sister to come help. “Calm down, Martha,” Jesus replies.  “Mary has chosen the better part.” Poor Martha.  Can...
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