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8260 Route 9, PO Box 51  --+--  Pottersville, NY  --+--  (518) 494-7077

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December 2013

Our Vision Statement is complete! The congregation has identified areas of need in the community and determined possibilities for ministries which might meet that need. The Vision Statement expresses how we intend To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known and includes specific goals, ministries, and dates.  You can download a copy of the vision statement here.


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February 22-April 7

Lent is a special time of reflection in the church year.  It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days until Easter Sunday.  (Interesting fact: Sundays are not counted as part of the 40 days.)  During Lent, we take an honest look at ourselves and realize our need for a savior.  We also follow the steps of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the cross which awaited Him there.  You’ll notice that worship services during Lent are more reflective than normal, and that the altar color has been changed to purple to remind us of repentance.  We call our sins to mind.

Why?  Certainly not because we like feeling guilty.  But as Jesus said: “ ‘A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ ” (Luke 7:41-43)

Because we take these six weeks to understand our debt, we can grasp the implications of our forgiveness.  Because we’ve taken time to mourn our sinfulness, our joy on Easter Sunday will be that much more sweet.  Because Jesus faced all the burdens of pain, sorrow, and suffering in our place, we know that we are set free from our guilt and fear.  And when Lent has passed and we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, our shouts of joy will echo in the heavens.

A welcoming church family made up of regular,
imperfect people rejoicing in God's restoration and forgiveness.

Our Mission: To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known

The bulletin for the most recent Sunday, including the announcements, is now available online.  Just go to the "Members" tab above and click on "This Week's Bulletin".  Announcements are on the last page.