Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! “All I Want for Christmas is Love the Coopers” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, December 10, 2017[Audio clip: view full post to listen] “All I … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: God’s Love In Christ

Driving to church yesterday I noted with interest Altimira’s electronic sign—“Dude—Be Nice 11/13-17.” It struck me as fairly humorous to designate this as a theme for the week until I thought about it some more and realized that this was … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Hitting the Reset

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From the Preacher’s Post: We Are A Called People

On October 31, 5017, Martin Luther walked to the Wittenberg Church door, where he nailed his ninety-five theses for the reformation of the church, and set off a firestorm. (And we know about firestorms!) There was much that needed reforming. … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Hope and Community Go Together

Hebrews 10:23-25:  Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Philomena (Mercy and Justice)

The movie Philomena, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee”, by Martin Sixsmith, is the true story of Philomena Lee‘s 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith’s efforts to help her find him.  In 1951, Philomena … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: A Bug’s Life: Working Together

“God helps those who help themselves.” That just makes so much sense and rings so true, it has to be a verse from the Bible. Actually, it’s the most quoted verse that isn’t in the Bible, and furthermore, it is … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Future Belongs To The Young At Heart

Today I talked to Eleanor Huskins, the wife of St. Andrew’s founding pastor, Bill Huskins. If you walk into the office today you’ll see Bill’s picture and the charter of St. Andrew as a Presbyterian church. It was Bill who … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: The Tailwinds of Life We Ignore

Cyclists hate headwinds—love tailwinds. You’d think the number of times we have to get down on the drop bars and grind into the wind would even out with those days we get that lovely tailwind assist. But it always seems … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: God’s Good Work

Philippians 1:3-6 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Generous People Know Life Is Difficult

Scott M. Peck wrote: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Are Broken Hearts

Memorial Day is the day that asks us to pause our normal activities and remember the cost paid by men and women who have died serving our country. I mourn this Memorial Day for a broken world in which conflict … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Know God’s Generosity

I know we want to think of ourselves as rational, thoughtful people. Yet we are subject to a great abyss, which exists in some form in every one of our lives and every culture. That abyss is where our emotions … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: The Gospel is “We”not “Me”

I’m not the story. It’s not all about me. I’m part of the story God is telling through the Holy Spirit about Jesus Christ as my alpha and omega—the beginning and the end. Try as I might, I can’t find … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Knowledge is only a rumor…

Papua New Guinea Proverb: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” Easter for me was an extraordinary experience this year. The art…the music…the cardboard sign testimonies…all conspired to fill my heart to overflowing with hope and … Continue reading

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