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Pastor’s Perspective 11-24-2020

Last Sunday I announced our decision to have only one service this coming Sunday at 11:00 and that service will be online only. COVID cases are on the rise here in Cumberland County. Though I know many are changing their plans for Thanksgiving this year because of health concerns, many others will be getting together […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-17-2020

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Like everything else this year, it will be different for many of us. We’ve already heard words of caution about families getting together to share that special meal together. In some states, there is a limit to the number of people and the number of separate households that can […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-10-2020

The title of the article in a recent addition of Christianity Today’s Pastors Newsletter didn’t exactly excite me about what I might read inside:  “Doomsday.” An epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota said, “We are now at the crossroads of pandemic fatigue and pandemic […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-03-2020

The most recent unrest in the heart of Philadelphia has caused me to reflect on a book I read just a few months ago during my annual two week vacation. Actually, I’ve been reflecting on that book ever since I read it. Even more so now with our national election this week. From the introduction […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-27-2020

Based on my conversations in recent weeks, folks are increasingly anxious about the election. I share many of their concerns for our country and its future. At the same time, I have chosen not to worry. Chip Ingram, CEO and Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, published An Open Letter to Christians in America […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-20-2020

I have had opportunity to meet many of you but in case we have not talked yet, my name is Jon Nahlen. However, if that’s confusing, I also answer to Jon the younger, Jon the bearded one, big Jon, PJ, Pastor Alex (I don’t know either), or Second Jon. As we continue to get the […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-13-2020

Though I usually try to focus on one main thought in this column, I need to communicate with you about several things on my mind this week. I know some of you are anxious to start meeting again in person for Sunday School on Sunday mornings. We’re just not there yet. We have only recently […]

Pastor’s Perspective 10-06-2020

To say COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and that things are less than ideal would be a huge understatement. I mentioned a couple of Sundays ago that our daughter-in-law in California has decided to homeschool her oldest two… with a wide open 2-year-old loose in “the classroom.” Their father is also taking all his Naval […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-29-2020

One of the things I try to do when I take vacation is “unplug.” From work. From email. Even from the news. For one reason, I need to give my undivided time and attention to the family members with whom I am spending my vacation. My time with them nowadays is limited. For another, I […]