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Living into a New Normal: Being the church in a time of social distancing

By Pastor Rhodes Woolly The other day a friend said: “This last week has been the longest year of my life.” It feels like that, doesn’t it? It wasn’t long...
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Be of good courage because together we will make it

Dear friends, I look forward to a day that doesn’t begin with a coronavirus update. I’m sure you do, too. Everyone has been affected or inconvenienced in one way or...
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Funerals and Perspective

Dear friends, In the first two months of this year, we have led seven funerals as pastors of St. John’s. In addition, I’ve lost two aunts since January, and we’ve...
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Our Church Leaders Are Doggone Good

To quote Roy Williams, our church leaders are doggone good. I don’t mean that to sound overly cocky, just honest. This past weekend was our annual Leaders Retreat (Jan. 24-25),...
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Giving Thanks

Dear friends, ‘Tis the season of giving .. and of giving thanks. I’m often amazed at the generosity of people in this congregation. You give so much to this community...
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Where did October go?!?

Dear friends, It’s November, which begs one simple question: Where did October go?!? October is normally one of my favorite months. Cooler weather, colorful leaves, nights on the porch that...
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Partnership with Christmas Lutheran Church

Dear friends, Sept. 22 was a very special day in the life of St. John’s, as we formalized a partnership with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Pastor Munther Isaac was...
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Three Years with the Bee Hive

Dear friends, This week, Ted Goins and I will be robbing/extracting the honey of bee hives we’ve been nurturing for quite some time. Ted’s got a lot more history at...
From the Pastor

From the Pastor

August brings a lot of change in our congregation. Joy Chaffin, our wonderful Office Manager, is retiring on Aug. 1. Joy has been on staff three years and brings a...

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