Posts by Phil Oehler

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From the Pastor: The Jesus Tribe

by Phil Oehler

How will we live life as Resurrection people now that we have celebrated Easter and the empty tomb? How will we live out the Kingdom of God in a world that is still filled with conflict, war and death? Jesus again and again reminds his followers of living a life of love and nonviolence that […]

From the Pastor: Our Lenten Journey to Easter

by Phil Oehler

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Our Lenten journey to Easter has begun. TheLenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life began on Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are […]

From the Pastor: Ash Wednesday 2022

by Phil Oehler

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, we will begin our Lenten journey to Easter.  I hope that you will join us at 7:00pm for our annual Ash Wednesday Service.  The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of […]

From the Pastor: Officer Training Event – March 27, 2022

by Phil Oehler

I am a self-proclaimed “word-nerd.”  I love to play with words and work on sentence structure.  I love reading powerful statements specifically about faith and the church.  As we have been in the midst of this season of pandemic, I have been wondering about what folks have as priority.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that a priority: […]

Elders, Trustees, Deacons, and Audit Committee Nominations

by Phil Oehler

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING March 6, 2022 The Session has called for a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 6, 2022 – immediately following worship for the purpose of hearing a report from the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee recommends the following members as Elders, Trustees, Deacons, and Audit Committee: Class of 2024 Elders Scott Kintzing (1) Trustees […]

From the Pastor: The Work of Christmas

by Phil Oehler

The Work of Christmas Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins: To find the lost,To heal the broken,To feed the hungry,To release the prisoner,To […]

From the Pastor: What is Christmas?

by Phil Oehler

What is “Christmas”? It is three words: God in flesh; or four syllables: in-car-na-tion. The Gospel according to John (1:14) tells us, “The Word became flesh and lived among us, … full of grace and truth.” Christmas proclaims that God has come in flesh, has come “to save us all from Satan’s power.” Christmas celebrates […]

From the Pastor: Be Filled with Christ

by Phil Oehler

On Sunday, November 14th, I will be participating in an installation service for a Presbyterian minister at a local congregation. I have been asked to give the charge to the pastor – to basically give the pastor a challenge to serve Christ and the body of Christ. While writing this charge, I found the following […]

From The Pastor: Looking Forward

by Phil Oehler

This past weekend was pure delight! The dedication of the Tricentennial Prayer Garden. The joy-filled worship with uplifting music. The fellowship time during lunch at Adelphia. It was a wonderful reminder of our history and the many ministries over the past 300 years. Throughout this weekend, we were reminded that our call as disciples is […]