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IN MEMORIAM
Please keep the family of
Barbara Remington
in your prayers

PRAYER LIST
Please keep members of our
Church Family in your prayers:


Bob Cross
Lucy Diener
Philip & Roseanne Frye
Bev Grant

Tamara Healy
Barbara Johnson
Olga Kehoe
Natalie Klohck
Mary Niles


And any prayers
you may have in your heart

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Consider this—
God, thank You for the beautiful promise of a home. Please bring peace to our world, and provide for the needs of all of Your children.
God promises His children a peaceful home in His kingdom.
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(Our Daily Bread
June-August)



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Rev. Leonard Sponaugle receives the charge during his installation

 

Sermons & Prayers

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PASTOR'S PONDERINGS


1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.


A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD

I think, I believe, I am convinced that we should start a new worship service and call it Din-ner Church. I spoke about this in a recent sermon.

I am a big believer in accurate diagnosis, and it will come as no surprise to any of you that I think our biggest problem here at the church is our weak connection and interaction with our neighborhood. In addition, and regarding diagnosis, our last surgeon general thought that the most significant ailment in our country is not cancer, not dementia, not even heart disease, but loneliness. Combining those two ideas, it has become clear to me we need to engage our neighborhood with something that will reduce their loneliness and in-crease our relationship with them.

I propose Dinner Church! Imagine one evening every week in our Dining Hall supper and worship. We could set up tables and chairs and in the middle of that place a mat, a rocking chair, two portable cribs, and some toys. We will insist that the people gathered at each table have to be a mix of the familiar and the new acquaintance (s). Immediately fol-lowing dinner we will worship together with communion weekly and music that will be differ-ent from our music on Sunday mornings. Can you just see how this will reach out to our neighbors? I imagine the overall theme will be something like: come catch your breath, and connect to your neighbors, and to God.

Obviously, the base or core of this idea is community. You may recall that so much of the conversation in our mediation process circled around community and relationships. I'm thinking the Spirit is at work in all this.

Right now, this is what I need you to do, add Dinner Church to your daily prayers. Let us pray this new way of being in existence!

Hopefully,
Leonard

Email for Pastor Leonard: pastor@johnstownpresbyterian.org

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