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

Whoa!!!

February 24, 2012

   What a world we live in today.  It seems like everything is happening faster and faster... I find myself racing to try and keep up sometimes.  Just when I got a handle on email, facebook arrived... now its twitter, tweet and Apps on your iphone.  I don't even own an iphone... my kids do, and they love the convenience, but not the cost.  They would be hard pressed to get through a single day without their phones.  I really enjoy those peaceful days when the phone doesn't ring, or I am able to get away from being in constant communication for a while.  Where will technology take us tomorrow?
   Some changes I like, and for the rest I would like to just say "whoa," slow down a bit.  I feel the same about our connectional life in the Methodist church, with the application of new technologies it seems like I am further removed from what is going on.  Maybe that is why I enjoy working with our Youth... they help keep me in touch with the technological world they live in, and it's constant changes.
   Speaking of changes, check out the rest of our website.  More is being added and updated all the time, such as having our Pymatuning Charge Calendar listed.  You can go forward and back to see what is being planned by our churches.  To have an item put on the calendar, just contact Tina in the Charge Office and she will take care of it.  I was checking out the calendar earlier, I noticed that we are planning an Old Fashioned Church Picnic for July 28th.  Now were talking... getting back to the "good ole' days," when things moved a little slower.
   On a final note, perhaps we need to challenge ourselves to try harder to keep up with technology... it's where the kids of today can be found.  If the church is to be around in the future, like it or not, we need to embrace God's children where they are.  in this way the Spirit can grab hold of them and encourage them to take hold of the reins, let loose the brake, and steer the church of Jesus Christ into the 21st century and beyond.  God bless you all. 
Pastor John
 

A New Year

January 12, 2012

    I have been thinking lately about my disciple-making abilities.  I know that I study the Bible daily, pray and worship daily, lead others in worship three times each Sunday, lead the Tuesday evening Bible study at the Jamestown campus, will be starting a Lenten study of some sort, and starting another Confirmation class beginning in February for our youth, BUT, I have been wondering how others in the community see Jesus' life lived out in me in the community. 
    Do they see in me the jo...
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Patiently Waiting

December 16, 2011

     Lighting of the Advent Wreath has always been special to me.  I can remember when our kids were small, Lynne purchased an Advent Wreath to set on our dining room buffet.  Once each week, during our Sunday big meal, we would light the wreath, just as had been done earlier in church worship.  I hope it is something my kids, and eventually, grand-kids will appreciate, as it helps them not only count down the days until Christmas, but to wait patiently for the arrival of a fresh dosage of Go...
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Six Reasons Why Young Christians Leave Church

October 14, 2011
I was informed of the following Barna report that is a major concern of all churches.  It has challenged my thinking about how to better reach our young adults.  I hope you find it interesting.  Pastor John

September 28, 2011

Many parents and church leaders wonder how to most effectively cultivate durable faith in the lives of young people. A five-year project headed by Barna Group president David Kinnaman explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young ...
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Pentecost

June 21, 2011
Pentecost Sunday was very special to me this year... it was also the time of my Ordination at Annual Conference.  Dozens of thoughts were racing through my mind as I knelt before Bishops Thomas J. Bickerton and Sally Dyck, not the least of which was one of the Holy Spirit coming fresh and new to rest upon me and my fellow ordinands.  I fully believe it happened.  I did not feel anything special and there were no audible or visible signs of such an occurrence, but often-times works that way.  ...
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Advent-urous

December 9, 2010
I was just reading the blog page of Laura Meengs.  As you may or may not know, Laura visited the Mission Outreach Center recently to help inform us about the Imagine No Malaria campaign the United Methodist Church is supporting, through the United Nations and the World Health Organization.  It was a bit of a blustery evening, but Laura was enthusiastic as ever and stated that being from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was no stranger to snow or deer, and the drive to Westford UMC was a piece of cake...
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Where Did Easter Go?

April 14, 2010

It's hard to believe that Easter has come and gone, and that Mother's day is just around the corner.  Well, if the old adage is true, I must be having fun because time sure is flying by.  Speaking of flying, our Caring Christian Community has taken on wings that is taking it to new heights.  The local Food Pantry is getting lots of support from the seven local churches that have been meeting once a month to plan ministries of "reaching out" to our Jamestown community.  They are now meeting in...
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Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!
   As a young lad, I was always wondering how in the world Santa was able to make it to all the houses in the world in a single night.  Now that I am older and somewhat wiser, I realize that Santa makes use of the time-space continuum and warps himself (sleigh and reindeer included) to wherever... whenever.  Lord, as I make out my Christmas Wish List, I want one of those time-space gadgets so I can be in all places at the same time.  BUT, even I realize it is not for me to be ...
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July Happenings

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

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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