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Join us for Holy Week!

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Holy Week Schedule of Services:

            Sunday, March 29 – Palm/Passion Sunday: Services at 9:30 AM for First UMC Endicott and at 11:00 AM for Park Terrace; reciting the Passion Narrative

            Maundy Thursday, April 2Service of Holy Communion at Park Terrace Community UMC, 7:00 PM

            Good Friday, April 3­ – Service of Tenebrae (Darkness) at First UMC, Endicott, 7:30 PM; please note time of service, because of Daylight Savings Time

            Sunday, April 5 – Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service at Waterman Nature Conservancy, Hilton Rd., Apalachin, 6:30 AM.  Our churches will be joining with the Little Meadows, Apalachin, and Whittimore Hills UMCs for this service.  Breakfast will follow at Little Meadows UMC.

            Celebration of Resurrection and Life at 9:30 AM for First UMC Endicott and at 11:00 AM for Park Terrace

A Fresh Start

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                       Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

 Last week we heard of God making a fresh start with Noah and his family, following the great flood.  In the following chapters of Genesis, we learn how the descendants of Noah spread over all the earth and developed cultures and languages of their own.  In time, the world is as diverse and as varied as it had been before the flood. . . . and just as corrupt.

As was the case with Noah, God looks around and finds that not everyone in the human race is corrupt.  There are pockets of virtue.  There are still those who try to be faithful.  Among them is a gentleman from a distant land, named Abram.  One day, out of the blue, God taps Abram on the shoulder and asks him, “How would you feel about moving?”    Continue reading

Well, That Was Interesting

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                                   Genesis 9:8-17

 If we take the time, it can be fascinating to compare the ways in which Christians and Jews understand many of the stories in the Jewish Scriptures, what we refer to as our “Old Testament.”  We find that our understandings of the nature of God can vary considerably.  For Christians, steeped in a long tradition of “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” we tend to favor a God who never changes, and who remains constant throughout all of history and, therefore, throughout the Scriptures.  In contrast, Jews have no problem with a God who learns from experience, who may even make mistakes, but only once.  Theirs is a God who is not afraid to experiment, to dabble in trial-and-error, and to learn and grow. Continue reading

Semper Paratus

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                                               Mark 13:24-37

The Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus, is often interpreted as “Always Prepared,” probably because we associate it with the well-known motto of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Semper Paratus really means “Always Ready”. . . . .   Continue reading

What Did They Talk About??

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                                              John 3:1-17

 Good morning!   My name is Jedediah, but most of my friends just call me Jed.  That’s what I prefer.  I was asked to speak to you this morning about my next-door neighbor. . .  Continue reading

Aiming Higher

Pastor Dale E. Austin                                                   Matthew 5:38-48

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves the whole world blind and toothless.”

 As human beings, we are experts at rationalizing and justifying our actions, even when we know they are not really what God might want from us.  Continue reading

What I’ve learned is. . . . . .

Sometimes, life changes forever in the space of a few moments.  Sometimes this experience is wonderful; all too often it can be tragic and heart-breaking.  A friend recently shared some thoughts about the aftermath of one of these difficult life-changing moments.  Her reflections are worth thinking about: Continue reading