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Surprising Teaching (Luke 6:17-26)

Nothing is ever the same after Jesus-talk gets in your brain.  When he preached on that hillside, as reported in Luke’s gospel, and began with “Blessed are you who are poor” there must have been more than a few taking … Continue reading

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A Surprising Catch (Luke 5:1-11)

Apparently, being the church is not all potlucks and Bible study, Christmas bazaars and picnics, preaching and marching for justice.  Apparently, according to Luke’s Gospel, it’s also about deep-sea fishing.  That is, very specifically, deep water fishing.  If you want … Continue reading

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What If. . .

What if we began to treat our Bibles the way we treat our cell phones? What if we. . . –carried it with us everywhere? –turned back to go get it if we forgot it? –checked it for messages throughout … Continue reading

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The Seasons of Life

There was a man who had four sons.  He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So, he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was … Continue reading

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Community Chili Cook-Off February 20

The third annual Community Chili Cook-Off is planned from Wednesday, February 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium.  Samples of each entry are available for $5.00; additional concessions are available, as well. Congregations may cook … Continue reading

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Prophet on the Edge (Luke 4:21-30)

Jesus, the young Jesus, has just returned home and preaches his first sermon in his home synagogue.  He reads scripture and says little. Yet, something he says makes the people in that synagogue that day so angry that they want … Continue reading

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Words for February 17:  God of blessings and woes, bless us this day with lives filled with love, caring, generosity, and deep, abiding hope. We pray that your kingdom will dwell among all people and that we may be … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday, January 22 and March 26, 2019,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your … Continue reading

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