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"EXPERIENCE GOD,

CELEBRATE LIFE IN CHRIST,

REACH PEOPLE"

Pastor Ken's Message
Wednesday, September 25 2019

     

   Pastor’s Message – October 2019

            In preparation for my move to Lima, Ohio, I came across a true family heirloom. Several years ago, my mother gave me the watch her grandfather used as a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad. My great grandfather spent many years of his life going in and out of passenger railroad cars collecting tickets and serving the needs of the riders on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The watch is circular with a stem that can be pushed to open the face of the watch. A long chain was used to attach the clip to his belt and rest the watch in his pocket, so it could be taken out very quickly. I can imagine my great grandfather opening the watch repeatedly to answer questions such as, “What time is it? (Eccles. 3: 1-11) Are we on schedule? (Ephes. 5:16)” I treasure this watch because it represents my family history in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

                As I held this watch in my hands, I thought about coming to serve as your new pastor-preacher at Market Street Presbyterian Church. While I am not coming to collect tickets for your travels on the railroad system, I am coming to be of service to you and all who attend and are associated with Market Street Presbyterian Church. We are all travelers in this world with our true destination as heaven (Jn.14:1-3). Together at times we will ride very smoothly, and at other times we might hit some bumps causing us some discomfort, and go around some curves screeching tossing us from side to side (Jn.16:33). Be assured that the engineer, the Lord Jesus, will keep us moving toward the goal of reaching heaven (Jn. 14:2). The Lord Jesus is the head of the church (Ephes. 5:23), and He is completely in charge. The power of the engine is the steam turning the wheels. The steam is made by the fire of The Holy Spirit (Lk. 3:16) applied to the boiler. The coal is fed into the fire for the boiler, and God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is like the coal (Isa. 6:6) or source of power (Heb. 4:12).

              The church is similar to the old time railroad system of the engine, the coal car, passenger cars and caboose. As the church, we

are on the tracks that are straight and narrow (Matt. 7:13-14). Like a conductor, I will be a servant to meet your spiritual needs (Matt. 20:28). Yes, I will be available to talk with you on the phone, to visit you in your home and to come to your aid if you are hospitalized or in a nursing home. I ask that you make me aware of your needs, and I will come to your side and read you comforting words from God’s holy Word and offer prayer to assist you in your travels in this life. So, please let me be like my great grandfather with his conductor’s watch and work closely with you at Market Street Presbyterian Church, as we travel together on the straight and narrow tracks in the year ahead.

            I would like to thank the Pulpit Nominating Committee (PNC) for recommending me to the elders. The PNC treated me and my wife, Audrey, as royalty.  My thanks also goes to all elders on session for giving me an affirmative vote (I Cor. 1:4). I am looking forward to getting to know you and to let you get to know me, as we worship God together and serve Him in Lima, Ohio.

Your New Pastor,

Rev. Kenneth Chorle (Pastor Ken)

                                     

             

                          

                        

                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  

        

                                       

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Wednesday, May 30 2018


Pastor’s Message – June 2018    

 If you missed church yesterday (May 20) you missed a fabulous celebration of worship, the music was outstanding and shared by all the talented folks who have been with us at different times this year. They ALL joined voices in one beautiful choir and we were not disappointed.  It was a wonderful day of worship.

Following this great service, we enjoyed a meal of good food and fellowship provided by the Hospitality Committee.

 Where do we go from here?

   It is SUMMER, and I don’t even feel like we have experienced Spring yet, but off we go into the summer months which bring many different things for each of us.

For some it means vacations and time away.

For others it means being outside and caring for our lawns and flower gardens.

For others it means summer sports with our children or grandchildren.

For others just, quiet time outside enjoying sunshine and warmth.

Whatever summer means to you one thing is important to remember it doesn’t mean a vacation from church and from God.

Summer is a perfect opportunity to spend time experiencing God when we are out in nature and see His creation in all of its beauty.

Summer is a time while we are soaking up the warmth that we read His word and listen for His voice in our quiet morning or afternoon tea or coffee.

God is with us every season of the year but in the summer, we do have more opportunity to see Him at work in a different setting.

Again, this summer we will be worshipping in the comfort of air conditioning in room 201.  I know it is not our beautiful sanctuary, but it will be comfortable in the heat of the summer and I always enjoy the intimacy we experience when we worship there together.

Please come, knowing the music will be uplifting,

God’s word will be shared in challenging ways

and just maybe God will have a surprise in store for you.

May God’s sunshine warm your heart and soul this summer.

Pastor Dottie

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Wednesday, February 28 2018

 

   Pastor’s  Message – April 2018 

As I write this article it is the middle of Holy Week and I am looking back at a wonderful Palm Sunday service we had, if you weren’t there you missed something special.  I am anticipating celebrating the remaining services this week as we reflect on all Jesus was willing to do for me and for you.

Hopefully you were a part of these services or will be this week.

We don’t always understand what His sacrifice means to us, but hopefully we will continue to follow a daily reading of scripture and prayer to become a more committed Christian.

The world we live in has many challenges and needs and how do we as Christians live our lives to be a part of solutions to those needs.

May I challenge each of us this Spring to find opportunities to share our faith with others by our words and actions.

Please take the time to read the lyrics below.

They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love

We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we'll guard each man's dignity and save each man's pride
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yeah, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

Songwriter:  Peter Scholtes

Blessings

Pastor Dottie

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Wednesday, September 27 2017

The last month has been filled with fires, hurricanes which have affected so many lives. I want to share how one victim has been affected.

Not Just a Number: Victim Offers View from Post-Harvey Texas    -    By Carl Stagner

She’s been through hurricanes before; this was no ordinary hurricane. Before the Category 4 monster known as Harvey slammed the Texas coast near Rockport on August 25, Vera Predom knew a disaster could be on its way. Having lived in the same Rockport home for nearly thirty years, she’s had plenty of opportunity to observe hurricane behavior. When Hurricane Harvey made “the turn” near Corpus Christi, she realized Rockport was in danger. Little did she know her home would be totally destroyed.  Now Vera offers the Church of God a view of post-Harvey Texas through the window a FEMA-designated shelter.

Much of what dominated headlines in the wake of Hurricane Harvey focused on flooding. Rockport was hit with widespread flooding, too, but it was severe wind that dealt the first blow. “This was the worst storm in the history of Rockport,” Vera explains. “Sustained winds were at 145 miles-per-hour, but they also think that about nine tornados touched down within the storm. All the leaves were stripped off the trees, many trees were twisted, and many large oaks were completely uprooted.”

After the mandatory evacuation notice was handed down, Vera left her home with her dog, but had to leave most of her belongings behind. Her first stop was a church campground, but when waters rose, she had to find another place. A hotel and a friend’s house were each suitable shelter for a time, but Vera wanted to be closer to her community. Her current shelter, a pet-friendly lodge, has since been named a FEMA shelter. The conditions are good, but not what she’s used to.

“We had no cell phone service for a while,” Vera continues. “We still have no electricity. Water service is limited to about five hours a day, so we have to use bottled water for cleaning, too. Schools have been destroyed, so we’re not sure when classes will resume.”

The schools are a special concern for Vera, and it’s no wonder. Vera is a school counselor for pre-K and elementary-aged children. While she doesn’t know what the school calendar will look like, she’s blessed that the shelter will allow her to stay until near the end of the month. After that, she’ll look for another stop on this crazy journey. Thankfully, she does have friends in the area and a support network through her church. But many like Vera have nowhere to go.

“I feel like if I didn’t have faith in God, I would really be devastated,” she reflects. “We’ve just come through a storm—a literal storm—but God was here and is still here with us. Sure, I’m crushed that I lost my material stuff. But it wasn’t really my home. This is all just temporary. It was just a waiting place.”

The churches of the community weren’t immune to Harvey’s onslaught. Vera reports that many of the churches, representing a variety of denominations, were destroyed. The entire side came off the building of a major Episcopalian congregation that had just finished construction. Vera’s own church—Rockport Church of God—suffered significant wind damage—damage which she reports is not covered by their insurance.

That’s why it’s so crucial that every Christian does whatever we can. Each number represents a real need—a need that we can’t simply assume will be met by someone else. Through your donation to PDA people like Vera and churches can receive the help they desperately need.

Matthew 25:40   And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.        

Pastor Dottie

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