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A note from Pastor Merritt about General Assembly - Dear friends, I learned today about a disturbing rumor which apparently has been widely circulated about a Muslim praying at the General Assembly for Christians to be killed. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! I attended every worship service (left just before the benediction at the closing service but was there from beginning to end at all the rest.) I attended every plenary session from beginning to end. A Muslim did offer prayer at one service. His prayer was for peace and understanding and that God be glorified. He did use the Muslim term for God (Allah) at one point, but used the word God at all other times. And the Stated Clerk conveyed his apology for that one use as he did not mean to offend anyone in using that term then. At no time did he ask for any harm to come to Christians - quite the contrary. You can be assured that I, and many others, would have loudly protested if anything of the reported sort had happened. Such a rumor is in such contrast to the actual content and tone of the General Assembly that I would suggest you question the legitimacy of any other news you receive from whatever source provided this rumor. Please, my friends, let us not be so willing to accept such nonsense. You don't have to agree with everything the General Assembly did - few people do (we just disagree about what parts we don't like!) Just please ask more questions about what you hear that we did. Ask someone who was actually there. This rampart fear does no one good and cannot be pleasing to God. You need to know that Jesus and our redemption through Christ was proclaimed throughout the General Assembly worship and sessions, the Scriptures were read and studied, prayer for discernment and respectful discussion was offered frequently. God is still at work in and through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as in many other denominations.
Posted: June 28
Greetings from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)! It was wonderful to worship with so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ from around the country and around the world! We prepared our hearts to listen to God's voice throughout this week's discussions and decisions, heard a challenging report from our outstanding Moderator Heath Rada, who completed his term as moderator last evening with the election and installation of Jan Edmiston and Denise Anderson as co-moderators for this Assembly and the next two years. I was inspired by the speeches and responses to questions by all the candidates for moderator. Today we worship in local churches, then have a plenary meeting, committee meetings in the evening. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers as I continue to keep all of you in my prayers! Pastor Merritt
Posted: June 19
Harford County Government Yesterday at 11:11am · Ride FREE all day on Thursday, June 16, in recognition of National Dump the Pump Day. #Harford County’s Office of Economic Development is offering the free rides on fixed routes of the Harford Transit LINK county bus system to promote public transportation as a convenient, low cost alternative to car travel. Public transportation networks can also empower economic growth and community revitalization. Harford County Government's photo.
Posted: June 15
Please join Grove Presbyterian Church (50 E. Bel Air Ave, Aberdeen, MD 21001) TONIGHT, June 13, at 7 p.m. as we host a prayer service to pray for our community, our nation, and our world in response to the deaths in Orlando yesterday and on East Bel Air Ave., Aberdeen this morning. Let us combine our hearts to address the violence which is destroying our communities.We hope this will be an ecumenical and interfaith service. Everyone is invited and welcome to come.
Posted: June 13
Please pray for the Aberdeen community, especially for the community near East Bel Air Avenue. Two people were shot and killed early this morning. No details are known at this time, but this is enough information to know that prayers and conversation are needed. Pastor Merritt Schatz will be available throughout today (after 11 a.m. due to a prior pastoral appointment) if you would like to talk or have prayer. Come to the church office.
Posted: June 13
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who have been killed and injured in the Orlando shooting which happened overnight. Our prayers are lifted for them all, and for all those who are responding to this tragedy.
Posted: June 12
Posted: May 19
Our new coffee filter prayer banners were ready for our Pentecost service! They looked terrific as they floated like doves as we processed in, lead by our tongues of fire banners. Thanks are offered to those who carried these banners and to our magnificent choir for the stirring anthem which set the tone for the processional (and to NEXTchurch where I learned about this type of banner).
Posted: May 16
Amy Clawiter grew up in the same town in PA as the mother in this story, and knows the mother's family. She has asked that we share this story and add our prayers to those being offered by others. "This is a story about a family that came to Keystone FWB Church about 2-3 years ago. Will and Vicky were dating at the time, but were soon married. After receiving Jesus, both quickly made large leaps and bounds in their faith. They became one of the most active and loving families in the church. Add to that their two kids they had, and they were quickly a very loved family. After hearing of some recent struggles people in the church were having, they began to talk to me about wanting to share their testimony a little more so that they could start helping people. That is important because on Mother’s Day this past Sunday, Vickys mom decided to surprise her by going to church with her. Sandy, Vicky’s mom, was waiting in the service but the Schulers never arrived. During the service Sandy received a call that they were in an accident. A few miles away from the church, a truck had slammed into the rear of their car at a very high rate of speed. This sent the car airborne and then it rolled over 4-5 times. All four family members were life flighted from the scene to three different hospitals. Vicky broke her back in a few places and has punctures in her legs. She started in ICU but has since been upgraded from there. Will fractured his skull, broke his clavicle, and broke his shoulder. Both parents had other injuries but these were the worse of it. Austin, the 1 year old baby, by God’s grace escaped the accident with a few bruises and has been released from the hospital. Gavin, the 2 year old, is not out of the woods at the time of writing this. His lung had collapsed and his brain was swelling. He also broke both of his femurs. For obvious reasons, this story has caught the attention of thousands of people. The Facebook posts have been shared 100,000s of times. With the interest rising, reporters began to call us as they heard about the church that this family was on their way to. After many interviews, this story has captured hearts all over and we have seen one of the most amazing outpours of support, financial help, and attention than anyone could have imagined. I called the family to ask them what they wanted me to tell all of these reporters and their response was incredible, “Please tell them not to question if God is good through all of this. Because we had already established that in our hearts. Please tell everyone that our faith in God will now get us through this.” Every single news story and article has spoke of this families faith and laying in the hospital, immobilized and injured, they have been able to share the love of God with hundreds of thousands of people! It is amazing to see what their message has done. Now we are asking for your help. We want to challenge you to encourage them. Pick up a card of encouragement or a “get well” soon card. Write that they may not know you, but you are praying for them. We are asking that you take time to send a card to this family and just encourage them in the long road that they have ahead of them. I can not imagine what all they will be going through in the days to come, but imagine if they were flooded with hundreds of cards from people saying they are praying for them. Would you help us with this? If so, just send the card to the address below and we will get it to them. Thank you so much for your help. We greatly appreciate it! You can send the cards to: The Schuler Family 22 Westview Dr. Greensburg, PA 15601"
Posted: May 16
Posted: May 15
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