Posts with the tag “pastor”

A Letter from Pastor Anita: Home Coming!
by JR Wolff on October 4th, 2020
When I was a child, I knew the first Sunday of the church year as Homecoming Sunday.  That was the day everything started- Sunday School, Youth Group, Bible Studies, and so much more.  Usually Lenape Valley celebrates this homecoming moment by gathering for a church potluck picnic, with a feast of our favorite foods.  I love when the church family comes home from their vacations and adventures, fr...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: The Lighthouse
by JR Wolff on September 2nd, 2020
Jesus often taught with parables, stories from the experience of the people that would draw them closer to the God who created them.  Parables are a powerful tool in teaching even in our modern day.  One of my favorite modern-day parables comes from Chuck Swindoll’s daily devotional, Insight for Today.  The story is entitled: “A Parable of Saving Lives”.  Enjoy! “On a dangerous seacoast notorious ...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Faithful Love
by JR Wolff on August 19th, 2020
God’s unchanging nature, God’s faithful love for His creation offers us a safe and secure refuge even in a rapidly changing world. This simple truth is the key to finding peace in the midst of uncertainty. Take a moment today to notice God’s hesed in your life.   Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Riding the Waves
by JR Wolff on August 12th, 2020
Ever feel like David as he writes this prayer?  If only I could fly away…When I was a child, I used to love riding the waves.  The goal: to swim out far enough to catch a wave before it broke, and ride on the crest of that wave all the way to the shallows.  When it worked the ride was exhilarating- so worth the effort!  More often the ride was short-lived as the power of the wave diminished.  And ...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Seeking the Peace
by JR Wolff on August 5th, 2020
How are we doing these days?Sunday, August 2nd hundreds of protesters descended on Doylestown.  At times, the sound was deafening as two protests clashed- each intent on being heard.  Signs were brandished, hands raised, emotions on edge.  Thankfully, most of the protesters stayed to their side of the street, using megaphones to project their voices across the short expanse.  When protesters cross...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: More Than Just a Meal
by JR Wolff on July 28th, 2020
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But then think of what many of us eat for breakfast… caffeine… carbs… processed sugar… One has to wonder about the health aspects of our most important meal.  I would like to suggest that perhaps there is another meal that holds a more vital place in the life of those who follow Jesus- the Lord’s Supper.  John Calvin wrote that the two mar...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Under Construction
by JR Wolff on July 22nd, 2020
I am writing this letter from home today.  My office at church sits across the hall from the restroom construction project that fills the airwaves with more sound than my mind can compete with. I am encouraged by the progress of our builders and excited about the prospect of new, clean, spacious restrooms.  Who could have imagined how much we would want new, clean restrooms in this COVID reality? ...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Finding Rest
by JR Wolff on July 14th, 2020
Sabbath keeping has gone the way of the past.  Some of you can remember when there were “blue laws” that limited commerce on Sunday.  Some of you can remember when Sunday was the day people went to church and then gathered in homes to enjoy each other’s company.  Some of you can remember when shopping, youth sports, and work were left for the other six days of the week.  But those are memories of ...  Read More
A Letter from Pastor Anita: Spring!
by JR Wolff on July 8th, 2020
Sunday, July 5th felt like the first day of Spring! Yes, it was hot and humid that day. By the calendar’s measuring, we were several weeks into our Summer season. My father used to say: “Summer is over after the 4th of July.” So the 5th of July should be seen as anything but spring-like. But July 5th still felt like the first day of Spring this year as we re-opened our church building for worship....  Read More
A Letter From Pastor Anita: Change
by JR Wolff on June 28th, 2020
John is encouraging us to be a part of the new-God’s kingdom becoming real here in our midst. What an invitation, but still we yearn for what we know, because that new kingdom will demand that we change. Our aversion to change can be a significant stumbling block to our embracing of the new that God is bringing in and around us.   Read More