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

Browsing Archive: June, 2009

July Happenings

Posted by John Bargar on Tuesday, June 23, 2009,

Hello Church...!
   Our Annual Conference is now finished.  I have been re-appointed for another year to the Pymatuning Charge in Franklin District.  We also have a new District Superintendent, Rev. George Porter.  I had a chance to exchange some pleasantries with him at Annual Conference.  I believe God has blessed us with another Spirit-filled, man of God. 
   I had an interesting experience last week, that has stirred some smoldering embers in the far reaches of my brain, concerning what th...
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June 2009

Posted by John Bargar on Wednesday, June 3, 2009,
This Week's Cartoon

Well... Annual Conference is upon us.  Linda Ransom, from Westford UMC; Marge Hoye, from Stateline UMC; and myself will be representing our Pymatuning Charge at the conference at Grove City College.  I also have probationer training just before Conference begins.  This is also the month for Weddings, Vacation Bible School at Stateline (Westford's is next month), and unfortunately two family member funerals.  In the midst of all our "hills and valleys," and especially the business of life, let...
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