Rev. Barbara E. Mosch, Pastor
P. O. Box 837
103 Turnpike St.
Milesburg, PA 16853
From Barbara’s Desk
Welcome to our website. I hope that you will find it helpful and that it will answer your questions about our church. This is the page where I share thoughts, articles I read, and/or other information. If I can be of help to you, please call and leave a message on our church phone, 814-355-0890.
Let me begin by thanking all those kind people who have reached out to me during my recuperation from hip surgery. I received uplifting cards, good food, and rides back and forth from weekly visitations and worship services. So much could not have been done without your help! Special thanks to Tricia Noonan and Cheryl Sharer.
Paul teaches in Acts 20:35, “remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, it is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Certainly in supporting the poor and weak, that is true. In my recent forced semi-confinement, I have been dependent on others to give to me in many ways. I can’t put on the TED stockings I’m required to wear; my dear husband has to do that for me. I can’t decide to take a shower when I want to because I can’t get those stockings off; I have to wait for my husband to help me. I can’t drive, so for three weeks I didn’t make my weekly visits to our homebound. I couldn’t go to the grocery store when I ran out of milk. I couldn’t go to worship on my own. I was dependent on others to take me everywhere I wanted to go. And I am very, very grateful for the help I had.
But this has caused me to consider Jesus’ saying in a new light. I’ve considered it from the receivers’ end, rather than thinking about being the giver. With gratitude, I have accepted the blessings others have offered me. I have been the recipient of their goodness and willingness to help. I hope that they all realize how much I have appreciated their efforts. And I also hope that their giving brought them some joy and satisfaction.
So, let me speak to those of you who have refused offers to be on the receiving end. I know how often it’s said, “Oh, no. I don’t want to bother you,” or “I don’t want to be any trouble.” Let me remind you that even though Jesus commends the givers, it wouldn’t be possible for them to be blessed in their giving if there weren’t people to receive. The next time someone offers to do something for you, be gracious and accept the offer with thanksgiving.
Scripture readings for April:
Alternate readings are from Beyond the Lectionary
by David Ackerman.
Wed. 4/1: Isa. 50:4-9a; Ps. 70; Heb. 12:1-3; John 13:21-32
Thurs. 4/2: Exod. 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14; Ps. 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Friday 4/3: Isa. 52:13-53:12; Ps 22; Heb. 10:16-25 or Heb. 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 Great Easter Vigil: Gen.1:1-2:4a; Ps. 136:1-9, 23-26; Gen. 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13; Psalm 46; Gen. 22:1-18; Ps. 16; Exod. 14:10-31, 15:20-21; Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18p Isa. 55:1-11; Isa. 12:2-6; Prov. 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6; Ps. 19; Ezek. 36:24-28; Ps. 42 & 43; Ezek. 37:1-14; Ps. 143; Zeph. 3:14-20; Ps. 998; Rom. 6:3-11; Ps. 114; Mark 16:1-8
Easter Sunday, 4/5: Acts 10:34-43 or Isa 25:6-9; Ps. 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Cor. 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20: 1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 Easter Evening: Isa. 25:6-9; Ps. 114; 1 Cor. 5:6b-8; Luke 24:13-49 or 2 Kings 4:18-20, 32-37; Isaiah 52:1-2; Acts 13:26-31; Mark 16:9-20
Sunday, 4/12: Acts 4:32-35; Ps. 135; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 or Ex. 5:22-6:13; 7:1-6; Ps. 18:1-6;
Acts 3:1-10; Matt. 28:11-15
Sunday, 4/19: Acts 3:12-19; Ps. 4: 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 or 1 Samuel 20:12-23, 35-42; Psalm 18:46-50;
Acts 4:13-22; John 21:20-25
Sunday, 4/26: Acts 4:5-12; Ps. 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 or Eze. 34:25-31; Ps. 28; 1 Tim. 4:6-16;