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First Day – April 2018

This April 1 is different than any I remember … It is Easter – and, of course – “April Fools’ Day.” In that district superintendents are “not needed” on Easter, I have not preached an Easter morning message since coming to that role. (However, as many of you know, since

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First Day – March 2018

On this March 1 the weather is lousy … it has rained hard all morning, the wind will nearly blow you away and now the precipitation has turned to something “ice-like.” The sun, of course, is nowhere to be seen, leaving everything in a depressing gray. When I was in

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First Day – February 2018

Dear friends … Today begins “Love Month.” It will reach its climax on the 14th, whereupon at the end of the day card writers and flower vendors will smile all the way to the bank for their services rendered and rewarded. Please do not interpret the previous sentence as cynicism.

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First Day – December 2017

Dear friends … At age 11, I was in my final appearance in a children’s Christmas “program.” Our southwestern Pennsylvania church was heated by a coal furnace. It was economical … the coal was donated by a local mine. There was no thermostat or means to regulate the heat. Sometimes

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First Day – November 2017

Dear friend … Five hundred years ago on Oct. 31, 1517, a German monk wrote a paper and posted it on a church door. Largely, it was a challenge to the leaders of the Catholic Church who had sanctioned the selling of “indulgences” as proof a person’s sins had been

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First Day – September 2017

When Mona and I moved into the district parsonage, we were told the good news was there had never been water in that basement. Well, we had not lived there long when one week it rained quite heavily, and the next thing we knew there were several inches of water

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First Day – July 2017

ONE OF THE PRAYERS in the Bible is, “Teach us to number our days that we might attain to a heart of wisdom.” I think the northern Ohio paraphrase of that might be, “Teach us to number the days of summer … because winter will surely come.” So, I hope

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First Day – June 2017

Dear friend … More people get married in June than any other month. Mona and I were married in June, three weeks after college graduation. I just read the statistics on what a wedding costs today. It’s a good thing we got married back then. This is one of those ends-in

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First Day – May 2017

Dear friends … In only 50 days from today, The Gathering will kick off at our beautiful Lighthouse Camp and Retreat Center in St. Marys. From June 11-18 there will be worship services, recreational activities, business sessions, children’s activities and enjoyable interaction with friends from across our fine NWO District.

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First Day – March 2017

March 1, 2017  –  Today is the first day of Lent, typically known as Ash Wednesday. It is the 40-day period preceding Easter. Lent is not an observance mentioned in the New Testament. However, the observance of Lent developed fairly early in Christian tradition. Some think it is a reference to

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