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A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21

Love

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

I love Mr. Shawn. I love my children.  I love my mom, my family, and my friends. And I love the church! Can you make a list like this too? I bet you can. Would your list include the church? Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking how can I love a building that’s made of wood and bricks. And you’re right, that’s what the church is made of.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21 in Scripture

Ephesians 5:25

What does the Bible mean in this scripture then? The Bible means that the church is something else. In this scripture God tells us that we should love the way Jesus loved the church, He loved it so much He died for it.

But what or more importantly, who is the church? Well, the church is (as we said above) a building, a structure made by men. But the church that Jesus loved so much that He died for is different…it is you and me! It’s the people. Those that come to that building. It’s the people who watch worship on the computer or the tv. Also, it’s all of your Sunday school teachers, our pastors, your choir directors. It’s your friends from Sunday school, VBS, Kidz choir and Pioneer clubs. That’s the church that Jesus loved so much!!!! That’s the church Jesus died for!

Remember that the times we are in right now will not last forever. But the love and friendships from your “church” will! You don’t have to be in the building to worship and praise God. I hope you see now that the building structure is not the only place that He hangs out.  He is present in all of those people mentioned above…and most importantly, He’s present in you!

We’ll be back in the building to worship again soon – but until then, be the church and let everyone who sees you know that you love them!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.19.21 in Song

Check out this cool Just Dance song. You can learn the dance while you listen to the song! How fun is that?

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And then go ahead and try to make your own church out of paper. This video walks you through it.  Decorate it like Gravel Hill and even add your friends into the picture. Have Fun!

By the way – I forgot to mention at the very beginning that I love all of you too! We’re the church, together! Have a good day!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21

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A Moment To Praise 1.18.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Weariness

I’m tired. Really, if I’m being truthful, I’m exhausted! And I am trying to pinpoint why. But I think I know! It’s this season of life we are in. I know that this period of time is wearing everyone down. And for most of us we want normal again.

How often do you feel like this too? I think if we are all honest, we would say we’re all at this point right now!

One thing I do know is that God completely knows how we feel. He may feel the same at times too! Just imagine for a minute how He feels about us when we stray and sin against him. I think it must feel like we feel now…”can we please be done with this?” is what comes to mind. I feel like He says this exact thing to me all the time. And I deserve it!

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21 in Scripture

But in his Word, He tells me this:

Matthew 11:28 NIV – “Come to me, all you who are weary – Bible Gateway

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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It’s about time I listen to this scripture don’t you think? How about you? Do you need to hear this and listen as well?

In my life there have been times when I’ve been able to follow this spiritual advice. When I was able to give over my worries and fears and rest in His arms. Ah! It’s so refreshing and rejuvenating. But there have also been times, too many to count,  when I become totally consumed with fear and anxious feelings. It’s in those times that I completely forget to even call on his presence to give me rest.  I become so disappointed in myself. But that is human nature. thank goodness he has enough love for me to cover those human reactions ad emotions.

My prayer as we continue to navigate this year would be one in which I remember His past mercies to me and I call on Him to give me the much-needed rest I seek. That peace that we all want to have so badly.

I will pray the same for you my friends. Take your weary self to the only place that will give you rest. God! And then take a good long nap knowing that He’s got you!

This song is such a great reminder for all of us who are tired, hurting, and feeling like the dawn will never come.  It reminds us that we are safe in his arms, that He is faithful and He will bring the dawn! Have a great week. ❤️

A Moment To Praise 1.18.21 in Song

“Dawn” featuring Luke Smallbone [Official Studio Session] by Rebecca St. James

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.12.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 1.12.21

Hope

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Good Morning Everyone!

I am hoping that that you are hopeful that this day will be filled with hope and fun! Hmmm…are you catching onto a theme (hope) with a specific (hope) word (hope) yet? 😉

I’m being a little silly, but I do want you to find hope in this day and every day of your life.

Hope is defined by the dictionary as this: 

  1. to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true 
  2. the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen, a feeling that something good will happen or be true

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.12.21 in Scripture

Hope is also defined by the Bible as this:

Biblical hope is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God’s guidance. More specifically, hope is the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future. This contrasts to the world’s definition of hope as “a feeling that what is wanted will happen.”

I know this probably feels a little bit like school, so let me make it easier for you to understand.

Hope in the Lord is the fact that He has done good in the past and will not change.  That we can believe in his kindness and know that it will continue on all the days of our lives. That is the hope we have in God.

I know that things are so different than they were just a year ago. Even so, I have hope that God is doing a good thing and will bring us back to the way things were before. Our God is a God of miracles and mercy, and I believe in the promises of goodness that can only come from Him!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.12.21 in Song

Take a listen to this song all about…Hope!

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Try this idea! Write an Acrostic poem on paper for yourself. Whether you write out words or a poem, it doesn’t matter! The goal is just to have fun with the letters.

Acrostic poem definition

  • An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.

Here’s mine! You can find some Bible verses to look up as you read it!

HOPE

H – He gives us joy – Romans 15:13

O – Over and above our needs – 1 Timothy 6:17

P – Pretty awesome – Psalm 68:35

E – Eternal King – 1 Timothy 1: 17

 

Stay hopeful and full of peace! ❤️

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 1.11.21

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A Moment To Praise 1.11.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Covering It

These are crazy times in our world, aren’t they? Not only do we have our own personal issues, but we have family worries, health worries, country worries, and even outer space worries. I’m pretty sure if you can name something weird and messed up, we’ve got it covered here on our planet!

All of this turmoil can cause us to be anxious and upset. To seek comfort, sometimes we take our gripes to social media, to condemn others or confirm our stance to anyone who will listen, and even those who don’t want to listen. We condemn or confirm other human beings based on our personal philosophies.

If I’m not mistaken, I am describing the practice of being judgmental towards others. Here’s a sincere question; have we taken any of this to God first? Have we taken a moment to stop ourselves from responding with knee-jerk reactions or using angry, divisive words towards people to whom we should be showing love and instead, gotten down on our knees and prayed? Not just for a moment, but for a day, week, month, even for a year?

A Moment To Praise 1.11.21 in Scripture

Does this scripture’s advice sound familiar at all?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV – Bible Gateway

pray without ceasing

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Here is why I ask. Because of what He tells us in His Word, we know that God is abundantly aware of all of the chaos going on in this world. For that matter, He is keenly cognizant of so much more than we even have a knowledge of! Not only is God aware of our individual and global struggles, but because of His very nature, He is deeply saddened by all that is occurring in our world. I am completely sure that He is.

Psalm 34:18 NIV – Bible Gateway

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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Understanding

Not only that, but when you are feeling sorrowful, God understands your sadness. Scripture tells us that the struggles of this world are not what He intended for His people. His intent is for everyone to live with Him eternally in heaven. And believe that when He says everyone – He means it!

John 14:2-3 NIV – Bible Gateway

2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

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An Invitation

Please take the time today to reflect on these passages and turn yourself toward Christ and away from the things of this world. God wants you and I to have peace, but that can only come to us through Him. I have one final scripture for you today, to help you find peace in the Lord.

John 16:33 NIV – Bible Gateway

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Remember that we are to worship God and God alone. Truthfully it is ultimately much more important that we are right with God, than right with the world.  He wants us to have our lives centered on His kingdom and not the kingdoms of men.

I read the following quote in preparation of my devotion this week and I thought that it was so profound. I am quoting another author here, but I truly respect and admire what they have shared:

“We can have confidence in our salvation and in our victory in Jesus Christ. Gone are the days of allowing the world and the different seasons of life to affect our security and hope. When we put our trust in God, we find our hope in Him and He will never leave us nor forsake us.”

A Moment To Praise 1.11.21 in Song

This song sums up the unstoppable power God has in all situations and at all times. Have a good week!

Unstoppable God | Live | Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship performing their single “Unstoppable God” live.

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Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.5.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 1.5.21

Change

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Can you believe it’s 2021? In so many ways last year went by so fast! Things change so quickly, sometimes it’s hard to keep track! I realized how much time has passed when I saw some of the videos that you all sent me for the Christmas video on Christmas Eve. First of all, that was so fun to watch – you guys were awesome! But as I watched, I realized that you all have changed in 2020. Not being able to regularly see you face-to-face over the past year has made me recognize that you have all gotten bigger and grown up!

Like I said, things always change! Well, there is one thing that doesn’t change. That thing is God and His love for us! He is constant and He is always here for us. Thank goodness because we need Him constantly!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.5.21 in Scripture

Psalm 136:1-3 CEV

God’s Love Never Fails – Praise the LORD! He is good. God’s love never fails. Praise the God of all gods. God’s love never fails. Praise the Lord of lords. God’s love never fails.

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My prayer for you as you continue to grow is that you keep growing in the Lord. I also hope that you will continue to rely on Him in your life for help in making important decisions as you mature. I hope that you will always know that there’s nothing you can do that would cause God to change how He feels about you. He is constant. His love goes on forever. He will never change!

Have a great January, and let’s enjoy 2021! Happy New Year!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 1.5.21 in Song

Listen to the words of this song. The singers tell us about how constant God is and how He sacrificed for you and for me!

For All My Days // Gateway Kids Worship // Dance Motion Video

Believe It, the new album from Gateway Kids Worship, is available now! Listen to the album on all digital music providers. See the rest of the dance videos o…

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The attached craft for today is an infinity cube. This craft takes a little bit of time, but it has a cool outcome. Of course, we know that the word ‘infinity’ means to go on forever, just like God’s love for us! Give it a try. Enjoy!

How To Make A Paper INFINITY CUBE – Easy Method

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Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 1.4.21

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A Moment To Praise 1.4.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Renewed

Welcome to 2021! I am so glad that we made it through 2020! I hope that you and your family are happy, healthy and feeling a renewed sense of calling in your daily walk with God.

As human beings, we always use January 1 as our ‘magic day’ to start over again. We may see it as a rewind from the year before. It may present as an opportunity to make those corrections that we just didn’t quite get to in the year past. In total transparency, I really don’t like this time of year! For someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, the thought of revisiting the past and its mistakes makes me, to be honest, annoyed!

Fortunately, we have an easy reality check in our walk with God. If we listen to His Word, He gives us 365 days a year to start over. Each day is a new creation in Him, and He gives each of our days to us as a gift to encourage and carry us through life!

A Moment To Praise 1.4.21 in Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

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This scripture tells us that if we choose to live in Christ, every day can be new. Our old self is gone, and we are renewed because of Him and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ!

This year I want to try to be more focused and intentional in my adoration of God. I want to focus on Him not just on Sunday mornings, and not just in a worship setting. Rather, I want to put God first in everything I do, every day.  Too many times in my life, all it takes is one little blip on the radar to distract me from this sense of purpose and send me spiraling into all kinds of “upsettedness”. I’m not proud of that. I know that God wants more from me and for me. The key to success lies in daily focus on His Word, and remembering to rely on His abundant hand to provide for me. Our old selves and behaviors can be gone with total reliance on Christ! I can become a new creation, and so can you!

I hope this for myself and I hope this for you as we travel through this new year together.

Happy 2021! Let’s make it a great year, full of trust and reliance on the One who gives us a great gift every day: our lives! Let’s live into that!

A Moment To Praise 1.4.21 in Song

All Things New

All Things New – Hillsong Worship

Recorded Live at Hillsong Conference in Sydney 2014. http://smarturl.it/noothernamedvdhttp://hillsong.com/worshiphttp://facebook.com/hillsongworshiphttp://tw...

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.22.20

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 12.22.20

Christmas!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

It’s Christmas Week! I know you are already excited and you should be. I know that you’re waiting to see what gifts you get for Christmas.  What fun things you will get to experience. The good foods and treats you will have to eat! It truly is such a joyous time of the year.

The first Christmas was joyous too!

Let me tell you about the birth of Jesus; how it caused excitement in those times.

We all know the story of the shepherds and the angel appearing to them, proclaiming with great excitement and joy the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem. They immediately left their fields, left their jobs, and went to bow down and adore the Child.

We also read in Matthew that the Magi, (they are described as wise scholars or kings) saw the star of his birth in the sky and left on a journey to find him!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.22.20 in Scripture

Matthew 2:10-11 NIV – When they saw the star, they were – Bible Gateway

Matthew 2:10-11 New International Version (NIV). 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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It says that they were overjoyed to hear of the Messiah’s birth and they left to find him, carrying with them very rare and expensive gifts to present to him and his parents.

This Christmas I am all for you being super excited about Christmas! I wish for you great celebrations, family fun, good food, and plenty of laughs! But I also wish for your heart to be overjoyed with the fact that Jesus was born all those years ago and that event was so important that we still celebrate him today! That’s pretty amazing! So get excited for Christmas and for the celebration of Jesus our Messiah!

Have a Merry Christmas and I will catch up with you again in 2021!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.22.20 in Song

Enjoy this fun Christmas song: Very Merry Christmas! Have a party! Dance around and celebrate with your whole heart!

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Here’s a fun craft that just shouts “Let’s celebrate!” Hope you can give it try!

Paper Plate Christmas Tree Whirligig – Red Ted Art – Make …

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Friends,

I will be taking a short break between Christmas and New Year’s. Look for my posts again on Tuesday, January 5!

Miss Joyce

Worship Notes: Wednesday Evening Advent Services occur at 6:30 PM over Zoom with Pastor Dan Lebo & Pastor Doug Smith. For link info, contact Ashley in the church office by email or phone: 717-838-4721.

You and your family are invited to Christmas Eve Online Worship December 24 at 5 PM! View your invitation here.

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 12.21.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 12.21.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Peace

The snow that fell yesterday and last night made the world look so peaceful and quiet.

There are times when we need to allow our minds to have a snow storm and let the peacefulness settle there just as it did after this latest nor’easter. Nothing but calmness and serenity.

We can have that reality every day of our lives because we have hope in Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to this world to bring peace, calm, and comfort. He is the true embodiment of the feeling of Peace. My prayer for you this Christmas season is one of peace. Let your heart bask in the love, joy, and comfort that only Jesus the Messiah can provide. Take time to adore him with all of your being. He deserves it. He is the best everlasting gift any one could ever give to you and me!

Merry Christmas!

A Moment To Praise 12.21.20 in Scripture

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Bible Gateway passage: 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – New International Version

Final Greetings – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

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A Moment To Praise 12.21.20 in Song

Peace Has Come by Hillsong Worship

Peace Has Come – Hillsong Worship

Hear David Ware, Autumn Hardman, Nigel Hendroff, Matt Hann & Harrison Little play ‘Peace Has Come’ live in the Hillsong Chapel.’Behold the star of BethlehemT…

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Dear friends – I will be taking a week break between Christmas and New Year’s.

Enjoy your Christmas and prayers for a blessed 2021.

Joyce

Worship Notes: Wednesday Evening Advent Services occur at 6:30 PM over Zoom with Pastor Dan Lebo & Pastor Doug Smith. For link info, contact Ashley in the church office by email or phone: 717-838-4721.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.15.20

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Moment To Praise For Kids 12.15.20

Snowflakes

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Did you see the snow come down last Wednesday? And yesterday and maybe tomorrow????  So exciting, that first snow falls of the year? And also, it being December and Christmas! Woo Hoo! It’s very thrilling! Can you feel the excitement of the season? It’s everywhere!

Have you heard that every snowflake is different, that if you looked at them under a microscope, they would all be completely different in shape, size and design! All Created by the artist (God) as special! That’s exciting too!

It seems like I’ve heard the same thing about how God has created all of us!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.15.20 in Scripture

Psalm 139:13-14

As it says at the end of this verse – we are made very well! By God!!!

He created us in all different shapes, sizes and abilities. And He has made us well! True works of art.  All of the gifts He has given us are useable and useful to His Kingdom! He wants you to get out there and show people your uniqueness given freely by a God who thinks the world of you. He wants you to feel the excitement of Christmas and to let everyone you come into contact with know that you are His. You are loved and you are unique, like the snowflakes that fall from the skies!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 12.15.20 in Song

Listen to this song, OBB – Feelin’ Like Christmas (Lyric Video), about feeling the joy of this season and living in it for the rest of your

life!

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And then try these unique ways to make paper snowflakes! They look fun!

Enjoy!

Miss Joyce

Worship Notes: Wednesday Evening Advent Services occur at 6:30 PM over Zoom with Pastor Dan Lebo & Pastor Doug Smith. For link info, contact Ashley in the church office by email or phone: 717-838-4721.

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 12.14.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 12.14.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Christmas Lights

Who drives around looking at Christmas lights? I do!!! I have done this all my life.  It was a great past time when I was a kid.  My sister reminded me of another great Christmas light memory recently.

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, our little neighborhood would light up a Christmas tree on the corner of the two main roads that led into our little village. It was always a tradition that we would happily, after eating leftover turkey of course, take a walk and end up at the tree. The neighbors would all gather there and we would sing some carols and then walk home. Such a simple and sweet time! But even thinking about it now gives me such warm feelings of a bygone tradition.

My mom and dad were also big on drives.  We logged many hours in the car looking at lights all around our county!

Fast forward a few years to my college days.  Shawn (my hubby) would always pick me up from school on his way home for the week end and somehow, we would end up driving around looking at lights.  I especially liked this one particular home of a family who made a whole production out of decorating.  There would be a line just to drive by their home. They also collected money for the Pittsburgh Children’s hospital and helped many families throughout the year by shining their lights. This home could be seen from miles around! What a sight to experience.

Thinking about the brightness of those light made me think of the true light of the world, Jesus the Messiah. If those Christmas lights could be seen all over, just imagine how far the light of Christ can be seen and felt.  How far reaching it is.  He came into this dark world to illuminate the path for us that leads to eternity and to life ever after in his presence. He did this for the entire world!

A Moment To Praise 12.14.20 in Scripture
JOHN 8:12 ESV – I Am the Light of the World – Bible Gateway

I Am the Light of the World – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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Jesus is the true light that cannot be out shone by anything that man could create, including massive light displays. Next time you’re checking out the area Christmas spirit, remember that Christ shines brighter and is always available to help you walk in the light and not in darkness.

I have attached an article that is a brief history of Christmas lights. Check it out: The History of Christmas Lights on Houses for an interesting read. This was my favorite tid bit – initially in Europe candles were placed in windows so that Christians could signal other Christians that they would be welcome to come in and worship together! That’s so cool!

A Moment To Praise 12.14.20 in Song

And our song for this week is attached featuring a unique Christmas light display featuring ‘Mary Did You Know’.

Enjoy!

And have a great week!

Worship Notes: Wednesday Evening Advent Services occur at 6:30 PM over Zoom with Pastor Dan Lebo & Pastor Doug Smith. For link info, contact Ashley in the church office by email or phone: 717-838-4721.