Monthly Archives: November 2016

For Others as for Ourselves

First Church, Jesus is clear in scripture that we are to love and do for others as we love and do for ourselves.  Matthew 22:39directly says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  And Matthew 7:12 shares, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” We want to model this type of…

2017 Plan for Funding Ministry Update

First Church, At our most recent Lead Council meeting the 2017 Plan for Funding Ministry (i.e. budget) was unanimously passed.  Our Lead Council chair person, John Best, offers the following thoughts in regards to this process.  Please continue to keep all the members of our Lead Council in prayer as they help to prayerfully discern…

Break Our Hearts

It’s been a while since my last post, I hope this comes as encouragement and inspiration.   Pennsylvania’s population in 2010 was 12,702,379. Of these, 6,838,440 (53.8%) were estimated to belong to some sort of organized religion. the United Methodist Church with 591,734 members. Lycoming County in 2010 had 49% of people listed as religiously affiliated and 51% with…

Tis the Season

First Church, Over the last number of weeks we have had an opportunity to hear from a number of staff during our offering time on how our giving together makes a difference in the lives of so many… helping to foster Transformation In Christ, Changing Lives Inside and Out.  And in the weeks to come…

Whatever It Takes

First Church, I shared in a recent sermon that there are estimates by some researchers that there are now up to 6000 churches a year closing in our country.  People are no longer waking up on Sunday mornings looking for a church to attend.  What this means is that the church can no longer as…