From Rev. Ellen Jennings

Advent Greetings~

advent-candles-croppedDid you know that the First Sunday of Advent (which was 11/27) is the first day of the Christian Liturgical Year?  Meaning, we have just begun, again.  So, this is a good time to consider where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.

Of course, many of us are uncertain how to answer these questions, especially the last one, and that’s okay.  Advent is all about hopeful but uncertain expectation.  It’s about waiting with and waiting for.  It’s about the God who’s with us now and the God who’s yet to come.  Holy paradox. CONTINUE READING

A Warm Welcome to All

Please join us for worship Sundays at 10:30 am. We offer childcare and Sunday School for all ages and welcome all to our lively Coffee Hour following the service. Here’s what’s happening in the life of our congregation:

2016-advent-retreat-1Saturday, 12/10: Advent Retreat: Expect the Unexpected!We’ll meet in the Parlor from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm in retreat from the holiday hustle and in prayerful expectation of whatever (who knows!?) God has in store.  Our time together will include a variety of spiritual practices along with some sharing of Advent hopes and dreams.  RSVP (so Pastor Ellen can plan accordingly): pastor@cpcchurch.org. CONTINUE READING

From Our Moderator

Faith, fear and acceptance

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The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Philadelphia Museum of Art

With the season of Advent beginning next week, I thought I would write a memo on one of my favorite Advent paintings, The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner.
 
Like many of you, my impression of the annunciation has been colored by Gothic and Renaissance artists, like Jan van Eyck, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Fra Angelico, whose images appear on Christmas cards and wrapping paper. CONTINUE READING

We Are Open & Affirming

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No matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.