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bellAlleluia, God is with us!  God made the bold and loving decision to send his only son to earth!  He sent Jesus to teach us how to live, and to experience the fullness and risks of mortal life on earth.

I recently went through a "dry" spell in which I couldn't feel God's presence, yet I continued to pray and believe as I had before.  Finally I included in my prayers my wish to feel close to God again.  On the third Sunday in Advent, while praying in a downtown Philadelphia church that we visited, I got an answer.  I felt God say to me, "I am always with you, look next to your heartbeat" and I was again filled with God's presence, his love, joy and peace.  When I focus on my heartbeat, I have to to tune out the surrounding distractions of everyday life.  By focusing like that, I can feel God's presence, right next to my heartbeat.  That was my alleluia experience this year.  Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, which means God-with-us, is good news!

I wish you all the joy of God-with-you in the coming year.


Senior Choir: Where and When

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Written by a choir member

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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!  Come into his presence with singing! Our new Music Director has been chosen!

Everyone is very happy to welcome Marty Wirt, the musician who has played for us as a supstitute organist this summer.  He plays keyboard wonderfully and we're looking forward to his musical contributions to our worship!  

With Marty as Director, now is a great time to be in the choir!  All are welcome; add your voice to the joyful noise.  The senior choir is a friendly group of men and women who love to contribute their talents to become an integral part of Sunday worship.  Our congregation has repeatedly expressed the value of music to their worship experience. 

Practice is held on Thursday evenings during the school year from 7:30-8:30.  Sr-choir-w-violin-(distance)We have a special room for our choirs (senior, youth, and handbell) upstairs from the foyer lobby (with the slate floor).  It's called the "Dot Clark Music Room" in memory of our energetic, fun-loving former organist.  Dot was our much-loved organist for more than 50 years!

The choir sings at the 9:30 worship service on Sundays during the school year.  Sometimes instrumentalists join the organ or keyboard for an especially "joyful noise".  We cordially invite you to join with us.


The Why

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Written by Neitzsche

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." 

- Nietzsche


Belles & Beaux, Bell Choir Schedule

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bells-with-musicEach Thursday evening from 6:15-7:15, we get together for a warm, friendly laugh.  And we rehearse the music.  We play in church once/month. Occasionally we play twice in a month, or two pieces in one worship service.  In addition, we play on the important services of Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday and Easter.

Although we take the summer off, some of us may play a piece for "special music" during worship in July or August.  Our fearless leader, Deb Betz, is talented and entertaining; we all have a lot of fun

There's a place ready here for you.  We'd love to have you with us!


A One-Minute Spiritual Exercise

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Written by CB

branch-and-the-blue-blue-sk"Sit as comfortably as you can, letting your legs and arms relax. Place one hand on your abdomen...breathe slowly, your hand rising and falling, for one minute. ...Attempt to focus on the presence of God as you relax.  Survey your surroundings as you breathe, and know that Christ is present with you in this very place; you do not need to look anywhere else to find him."


- excerpt from Right Here, Right Now:  Spiritual Exercises for Busy Christians, by Dr. Carstens and Rev. Mahedy"

The exercise above is the first one-minute exercise described in this book, and it is my favorite.  When I do this, I feel great awe at the fact that God is right there! And hand-in hand with that comes tremendous peace, knowing that I can lean on God if I need to.  No matter how busy we are, we can spare 1 minute.  This is a very good book, and it's in our church library.  I hope you'll try this exercise, and may the peace of God be with you.