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From the Pastor’s Pen – December 2017

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Isiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light: those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” I came across this on my computer (Anonymous via email) WARNING…..WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS “Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts […]

News From the Pastor’s Pen – November 2017

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“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1) The Thanksgiving season, is upon us. If we pause to look around us we will see that God has truly blessed us with more than we deserve. We receive many blessings daily that go unnoticed and un-thanked. Let […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – October 2017

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Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established (Proverbs 16: 3) Thank you for welcoming Al and I back into your midst. We love the warm hospitality that this congregation extends to all who enter the doors of First Church. I am looking forward to serving as your supply pastor while […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – Jun 2017

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Introducing Pastor George Eckstein “Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God and he who loves is born of God and knows God.” I John 4:7 Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I feel very blessed to be in your midst this summer as you grieve the […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – May 2017

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Often, May is the month of seed planting in this part of the country. In most years , the possibility of frost is over by mid-month and seeds can be planted and seedling plants placed outside as well. This yearly ritual of planting got me to thinking about a spiritual truth in life. That thought […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – Feb 2017

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A quick look back It would be dangerous to try to drive your auto by only looking in the rear-view mirror. In life, however, a quick look back allows us to see where we’ve been and to feel thankful for what we’ve experienced. Our choir led the way and on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, they […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – Dec 2016

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We Welcome Christ! Christmas this year will provide us numerous opportunities to welcome the Christ Child into our hearts, into our lives, and into the world. Perhaps someone could ask “why do we keep doing this each year”? My simple answer if also in a form of a question. Why do we continue to remember […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – Nov 2016

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O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 November is the month that holds the holiday of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in day to day living is something that we could get all preachy about and condemn one another for not being more grateful than we are. […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – Sept 2016

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Time to Recommit There’s an old Pennsylvania Dutch expression that goes something like this “the faster I go; the behinder I get!” I really don’t know if that is genuine, but it seems to make sense, the longer I live. There’s no way that we can possibly accomplish everything that we might want to. There […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – July 2016

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Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Psalm 150:6 As a child I always looked forward to summer vacation. It was a break from school, time to be outdoors, time to be at the West Reading pool, time to be fishing for sunnies at the mine hole near the Reading Hospital (it’s actually a parking […]