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Won't You Be My Neighbor? Part 2

Dear Spry Church, Please be careful today and tomorrow in this extreme heat. This unusually hot weather is an opportunity for us to show love in action by checking on our neighbors to make sure they are okay, particularly in circumstances that may require special attention - limited mobility, etc. Whether through a simple phone call, text, or quick walk right next door, p...

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Celebration Sunday with Picnic and Carnival

Dear Spry Church, It has been an amazing week at VBS 2019! Children have filled our church with sounds of singing, laughing, playing, and having fun learning about the love of Jesus. I want to say a HUGE word of thanks to all the volunteers and our leaders who have made this week possible. What a great week this has been. The celebration continues on Sunday, and I hope t...

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What a Beautiful Name

Dear Spry Church, I hope you had a fun 4th of July! I'm so grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country. We should regularly thank God for them. Like many others, Molly and our kids celebrated by enjoying a fireworks display. Here's a picture: This Sunday we conclude our "Songs for the Soul" series with a message you won't want to miss. I'll show an inspiring vid...

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How Great Thou Art

Dear Spry Church, I hope you are having a great week! Last Sunday, in a message about the song "10,000 Reasons," I encouraged each one of us this week to list reasons you have to praise the Lord. Have you reached 10,000 yet? :) I have found consistently that focusing on the praise of God lifts my spirit and draws my eyes toward Jesus, and I feel more of His peace in my so...

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So Many Reasons to Praise God

Dear Spry Church, This Sunday we continue our series called"Songs from the Soul."The main premise is one we can all identify with, regardless of our musical abilities: music has the power to stir our souls. A few days ago I read a story about music that is amazing and inspiring. A special needs drum corps is making history by competing at the world championships. You can ...

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It Is Well With My Soul

Dear Spry Church, I hope you've been enjoying this glorious weather. Wow! The blue skies and pleasant temperatures lift my spirits. Several times in recent days, the beauty around us has made my heart sing. Have you ever had a song spontaneously come to mind? There's something about music that touches the soul. That is the idea behind the worship series we start this Sun...

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God's Gift for You!

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, This Sunday is one of the most important days of the entire year for us as Christians, the day of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the original disciples of Jesus and the start of the worldwide Christian Church. We encourage people to wear red to church on Pentecost because red represents the fi...

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The Grand Miracle

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Today is the last day of May. Where does the time go?As you read this edition of my weekly update I am in Hershey at Annual Conference, a gathering of pastors and lay people from the approximately 860 United Methodist congregations in central and northeast Pennsylvania that make up the Susquehanna Conference (named after the river). Ev...

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I love this time of year. Join us for uplifting worship on Sunday as we continue our Marvel series. This week's theme builds on last week, with consideration of two additional healing stories. These two stories convey a powerful message about life with Jesus, not just in the first century but also for you an...

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Jesus Our Healer

Dear Spry Church Family and Friends, It's going to be an exciting weekend at Spry! On Sunday we'll receive new members into our church family, celebrate another baptism, and recognize people from our church who are graduating this year from high school or post-secondary education. We're also having a church picnic on Sunday from 12:15 to 3:00 at the field by The Link Comm...

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