Posts made in November, 2013

December 2013 Newsletter!

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Church News, News & Events

  Click on the link below to access our December newsletter and find out all the activities     happening at Central!  http://www.centralschwenkfelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/December-Newsletter-2013.pdf...

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Giving Thanks, Regardless

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and addresses why we should be grateful. It was shared on November 19, 2013. What are you thankful for? Being grateful is a state of mind. The story of Jesus healing the ten leprous men in Luke 17 has compelled me to give thanks to God often. He told them to show themselves to the priest and on the way, they were healed. Only one came back and glorified God. Verse 15 tells us: “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him– and he was a Samaritan. Jesus...

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Empowerment for Purpose

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on Acts 1:1-11 and addresses the source of the Christian’s power as witnesses for Christ in the world, which is the Holy Spirit. It was shared on November 17, 2013 Recently, I read of a most strange religious movement sweeping the country, or so the article led you to believe. The Associated Press article read: “It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Dozens of gatherings dubbed “atheist...

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Passing the Mantle

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 2 Kings 2:1-14 and covers Elijah’s departure from Elisha, and the passing of leadership. It was delivered on November 3, 2013. Change is never easy. But oftentimes, it is good. Transition is a challenge, but it can be an occasion of growth. We are reluctant to experience change. Sometimes it is downright painful, whether it is the change of a career, the change of a marital status, the experience of loss, or the redirection of life. Sometimes transition can be seen as a changing of the guard. Speaking of which, it is something special to observe the changing...

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What Comes Around…

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 1 Kings 21:1-25, and was given on Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2013. Have you ever felt that justice needed to be served? There’s something in us that desires fairness. And our thirst for the right comes to the forefront when we read of stories like Colleen Ritzer, the 24 year old high school math teacher in Danvers, MA who was recently tragically killed by one of her students. The news reports stated that she was “beautiful inside and out,” a ray of light, someone who always wanted to be a teacher and took great pride in her craft. On August 11, almost...

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