From The Pastor;  


In any sporting event there is a winner and a loser.  When the event ends, it Is clear who has won and who has lost. You do not have to see the scoreboard  to

know. All we have to do is look at the players and the fans to know the outcome. The winning players and fans are cheering, full of excitement and proclaiming To the world of their victory. The players and fans who lost? The players quietly leave the field of play. The fans quietly leave for home.  Players or fan not cheering, excited, no victory to proclaim to the world.  We would think it strange if the winners acted as if they had lost. No cheering, no excitement and no proclaiming a victory to the world.  Yet, this is what we may see when we look at the church.

                 On April 21 we celebrate Easter. Easter is the day we recall and celebrate Jesus rising from the grave. As the hymn says, “He Lives!”  Jesus gained victory

over sin and death for all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. Our reason to cheer, to be excited and proclaim victory to the world.  Yet, there are Christians and churches who act like they have lost. They are quiet about their faith. No joy is seen in their lives. No proclaiming to the world of the victory in their lives.

 As disciples of Jesus, we are the winners. Congregations are winners.

Let us live and act like the winners Christ has made us to be. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, celebrate the victory every day. Let the world know we serve the

Winner, Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                                                     Your Pastor,   Rev. John W. Hodge


From The Pastor;

                 Before you read any further stop, pick up your Bible and read I Corinthians 13. Have you read it? It will provide background for what the rest of this page says

I am sure you have read this Scripture before now. You may have seen these words on a card or plaque. Often, you hear them read at a wedding ceremony.

Maybe during this month which has Valentine’s Day as one of its 28. The words of I Corinthians do offer great words of wisdom to married couples.

Even to members of a family. I too have included them in wedding ceremonies which I have officiated.

                 Although this Scripture is an excellent application to such relationships, the Apostle Paul penned them for a different group of readers. He wrote them to. The congregation at the church in Corinth. The love among the people of this congregation was lacking in particular areas. So Paul tells them what love is for Christians for each other.

                 Sad to say, such love is missing from churches in our day. And this lack of love is noticeable to people outside of the church.

They say to themselves, “That’s not the church for me.” On the other hand, where love is present and lived out by a congregation, the love is noticeable.

To people outside of the church. Such a church is one to which they may be drawn. Such love pours out beyond the walls and into the community.

 Let us work to keep love strong among us. Let us do so in each of our congregations. A love that flows beyond each congregation into our Charge bringing greater unity among all three churches. Even beyond our walls into the community.  Paul also told the Corinthians, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”   (I Cor. 12:27 NIV) These words apply to us. In each congregation and as a charge.

                Your Pastor,

Rev. John W. Hodge


From The Pastor;

A new year is coming. Once again we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new.

                So long to 2017 and hello to 2018. What will 2018 hold for us? What does it hold for our world, our nation our state and local community? What about our local Churches?

                 Recovery will continue for those Sothern states devastated by horrific storms in the new year. Even our own area which was hit by a tornado. We need to keep these people in our prayers. People who hope that such storms will not return in 2018 or any time in the future.


                We do not know what awaits us in 2018. Like every other year there will be valleys and mountaintops. Hopefully, the valleys will not be deep ones. We may face situations over which we have no control. And there will be situations in which we have a choice to make.


                In 2018 we must seek God’s guidance and strength when we have no control in the circumstances of life. And when we do have the power to make a choice; seek God’s wisdom in making our decision. But whatever 2018 holds for us, we do not have to face it alone. If Jesus dwells in our hearts, He will walk by our side in the new year.

  Happy New Year,

Rev. John W. Hodge


  Pastor John Hodge will begin a series titled,  Strength For Life the series will run for the next 3 weeks...

                    Sunday, May 21st.; Strength For Life; Found Only in Christ,                                         Philippians 4:10-13

                    Sunday, May 28th.; Strength For Life: Where To Turn When Tempted,                       I Cor. !0:13

                    Sunday, June 4th.; Strength For Life; When Life Seems to be Against                         You, II Cor. 12:7-10


May 10, 2017

Recently, Konita and I went to a dinner held by the are Amish. We sat with a couple from our Charge. They introduced us to the Amish folks sitting with them. One of the men was an Amish Pastor. As we talked he shared that we both have the same beliefs. We discussed versions of the Bible. We shared the same thought I expressed. With so many different versions available, more people should be reading the Bible. I wonder, with so many versions that are easier to read than the King James Version, why aren’t more people reading the Bible? How many Christians’ only contact with the Bible is on Sunday morning?

How many Christians are aware what the Bible says about life and our relationship to God and to each other. What are we told about the work of the Church and each one’s role in that work.  How many spend time reading Scripture each day? Daily Bible reading along with prayer is nourishment for our spiritual life. How many would go a whole day without eating food? Yet we do so with our spiritual wellbeing.

I encourage you to find a version of the Bible that you can understand. Some are better than others. A translation is preferred to a paraphrase. If you are not sure we can discuss which is best. I encourage you to become familiar with the Scriptures. They are vital to our life as a Christian. There is a way to read the Bible, which is different than all other books. We can discuss this as well. Let’s begin to be familiar with the word God has given to us, the Bible.


Your Pastor

John W. Hodge



What's That Building?

March 23, 2017

A grandfather was driving down a road. His young granddaughter was riding with him. They drove passed a building which was boarded up. The grass around it was in need of mowing. The granddaughter asked, “Grandpa, what is that building?” Her grandfather replied, “Why that is a church building.”  “What’s a church building?’ The young girl asked. “It is where people used to go to worship God,” Said the grandpa. “You mean people worshiped God in a special building, and not i...

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March 2017

February 22, 2017

          From The Pastor                                                                                      

March 1st is a special day for Christians. This year March 1st is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Now upon hearing the word Lent, many begin to ask, "What will I give up for Lent this year?" But Lent is more
James White in his book, Introduction to Christian Worship, defines this season by saying, "Lent is the season
in which we anticipate that final trip to Jerusalem and ...

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July 28, 2016

This writing comes from your new Pastor. My names is john Hodge. Like your former Pastor, you can call me Pastor John. Some have referred to me as Pastor John II. Although it has been revealed that Pastor John III is more accurate. But Pastor John will work. I was born and raised in the Oil City area. At the age of 14  I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord at the 1968 Billy Graham crusade in Pittsburgh.

  Shortly thereafter I felt God’s call to preach the Gospel. I am a graduate of Asbury...

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April 28, 2016

     How do you say goodbye?  I sure haven't figured it out yet.  I know that for funerals, saying goodbye to a friend or loved one is the hardest thing we ever do.  When God picks you out of a church setting where you have become part of a community, part of the daily lives of 200+ people, well... all I know is that you can't refuse God.  Jonah tried that once... thank you Jonah for the life lesson.
     After eight years, I have made a few friends, discipled about a dozen of you, and believe...
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Expressible Joy!

September 24, 2015

     Inductive or Deductive... what's the difference?  I invite you to attend our Tuesday night Bible studies at the Jamestown United Methodist Church on Depot St.  We start at 6:30 pm and end around eight o'clock.  Bring your Bible and an open mind, guided by the Holy Spirit.  The things we discover about God, and about ourselves is a source of great and expressible joy!  The peace of mind and comfort that comes from a deeper examination of the scriptures not only gives us great joy within, ...
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Is Time Speeding Up?

August 20, 2015

     Where has the summer gone?  The kids start back to school next week, the teachers are already doing their in-service training and setting up their classrooms for the new school year, the presidential election campaign trail is heating up... didn't we just elect a president to a second term?!!  It seems like only last week summer finally arrived, and now it's time (almost) for the infamous Jamestown Community Fair.
     I can't believe my son will be 30 years old in just a few months... I ...
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Safe Sanctuaries

July 23, 2015

Good Morning, Church!
     I have been chatting with God recently (you know, those talks that seem mostly one-sided) about how we can keep our congregations safer from the craziness of the world.  I don't know about you, but I would really appreciate actually "hearing" God's Charlton Heston sounding voice once in a while... it would make decision making a whole lot easier....
Anyway, in light of the recent shooting in the A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C., more than a few folks are concerned ab...
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Feeling Blessed

June 18, 2015

What a wonderful time I had at Annual Conference this year.  I renewed some great friendships, made some new friends, hugged lots of necks, and even had the opportunity to anoint a few people and pray over them (right in the middle of the Display Room floor).  The food was good, as always and I enjoy the expansive use of air conditioning at Grove City College (they are finally arriving into the 21st century).  I had the opportunity to have my fingerprints taken electronically for my FBI clea...
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January 22, 2015

I recently read about a new church start that was purchasing a McDonald's franchise to be located within the building.  Not unlike the picture above, they had done their homework and determined that they could draw a larger crowd by catering to the mainstream culture.  I have also read about, and spoken to, some of the pastors of "MEGA" churches.  Some of their comments concerning what they had provided within their churches shocked me.  One such comment concerned "Fear" of standing in judge...
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