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.
I freely admit that I am technologically challenged. There is little I can do on my laptop besides get email and use the word-processing program in a fundamental way. I don’t really know the capabilities of Smart Phones and iPads, and I have trouble getting Skype to work for me. I know all these things are supposed to make it easier for us to stay in contact with each other, yet I’ve observed that often they drive us further away from one another. For example, a friend told me she was at a restaurant and observed a large gathering of family and friends sitting at tables that had been pushed together to accommodate them all. There they were having dinner together, yet many were sitting with their heads down, tuning everyone else out, focusing on their technological devices instead of talking with each other! Little face-to-face sharing or sense of community!
As the Lenten season will begin this month, it is well to consider the advice the writer of Hebrews gives. “…let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Heb. 10:24-25
God has called us to community in Christ. Christ has sealed that community, that new covenant with his blood. The writer of Hebrews understood that implies responsibility to and for other Christians. Note the wrong word that is used: we are to “provoke one another to love and good deeds.”
Lent is a good time for us to encourage each other in our journeys toward the cross. You can find a partner and hold each other accountable. Check how Lent is going for the other. Are you devoting some time before you go to bed to read a devotional and pray for each other? You could persuade your partner, and others, to join a Lenten Bible study. There is one meeting at our church every Sunday at 9:00 am. Other things you can do alone or together are go around your neighborhood and tell your friends and neighbors about Christ; read Matthew 21:28. Plan time to work at a charity organization, go to a Wednesday morning Lenten
breakfast, help out with one of the mission projects like Food Pantry and Bellefonte lunch program if you aren’t already. Come to our Wednesday evening, 6:00 pm Lenten dinners and Maundy Thursday dinner with communion.
Don’t let your dependence on technology interfere with your face-to-face contact with others, and don’t let your emphasis on the urgent activities of your day interfere with what is really important. Be intentional in your dealings with others and look for ways to put spiritual practices of Lent into actions of everyday life. Give thanks to God for the blessings of community. And may God bless you as you as you strive to make this Lenten season a time for drawing closer to God and others.
Sunday, March 2 - Exod. 24:12-16; Ps. 2 or Ps. 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matt. 17:1-9
Wednesday, March 5 - Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isa. 58:1-12; Ps. 51:1-17; 2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10; Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21
Sunday, March 9 – Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Ps. 32; Rom. 5:12-19; Matt. 4:1-11
Sunday, March 16 – Gen. 12:1-4a; Ps. 121; Rom 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17
Sunday, March 23 - 1 Sam. 16:1-13; Ps. 23; Eph. 5:8-14; John 9:1-41