March 2023 Newsletter

News and announcements from the Immanuel Leidy's Church community.

Pastors Column

One of the aspects of ministry at Leidy’s Church which is most exciting to watch is the way that people genuinely love and care for others. It is expressed in the way we dive together right into action. This past month saw the Night to Shine event, and it revealed an amazing outpouring of love in the form of action for folks with special needs. We are excited about this, and have made the decision to build a new ministry effort to help care for individuals with special needs and their families which we will be excited to hear about in the very near future.

But as I reflect on the culture of Leidy’s Church, it leads me to Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians. In his letter he writes, IN VIEW OF YOUR PARTICIPATION INTHE GOSPEL FROM THE FIRST DAY UNTIL NOW. This ‘participation’ is an interesting word. Sometimes it is translated as fellowship or something similar, which often gets used when we describe things like a fellowship meal. The word, however, is an active word which needs part of each and every Christian’s life.The Greek word is koinonia which is best described as an ongoing partnering with others. It is this partnering that God uses to glorify Himself, enlarge His Kingdom, and communicate His love each and every day.

If koinonia is so important, you might wonder what it entails. First, this ongoing partnership is a partnership in prayer.There are lots of places throughout theScriptures where believers all called to pray, but none show the stark reality and need better than Ephesians 6. Paul there describes the ongoing cosmic wrestling match between Satan and God’s people. Not only does he call the people of God to put on armor for the fight, he also teaches them how to engage in the fight by calling the Ephesians and indeed all Christians to pray WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND WITH PETITION FOR ALL THE SAINTS. We are locked in a battle against the evil one. While the amazing news of the gospel is that the battle is won because of the victory of our Lord Jesus in His life, death, and resurrection, Paul, with understanding of Jesus’ accomplishments, reminds God’s people that the battle (though decided) is still raging. He calls on God’s people to partner together in prayer.

Secondly, the church is called to koinonia in giving financially and materially. Luke, in the book of Acts, shows the way that the church devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and because of the love of Christ manifest in a love for one another led them to sell property in order to take care of the physical needs of the body. It is a picture of bearing with and for one another. It is a picture of servant-hearted, sacrificial love expressed through the giving of goods and born out of a steadfast faith that God will provide all that is required. I praise the Lord for Leidy’s Church’s historically generous spirit as it trusts the Lord and seeks to bless others and look forward as we seek to be kingdom minded in support of mission work both near and far.

Finally, the church is called to partnership in suffering. This one is not an easy thing to think about. Yet Paul writing again to the Philippians not only says that it is appointed to them to believe which is what we normally think of when we hear about participation in the gospel, but also that the Philippians (and in fact all Christians) are appointed to suffer for Christ’s sake. This is still a difficult word. How is it that Christians can hear such words and not be crushed? Paul also gives us the answer to that question saying that he counts everything as rubbish in view of the surpassing riches of Christ. The reason that Paul can make such bold statements about suffering in the Christian lifeis because he knows the grace that also comes with Christ. Writing to Timothy, he calls himself the worst of all sinners. At other times he calls himself the least of the apostles and the least of the saints. Paul was, by all accounts, a murderer having labored diligently against Christ and His Church. Yet, the power of the gospel to transform lives is such that Saul, an enemy of Christ, becomes Paul, the apostle of Christ, to the gentiles.

While we might not be guilty in the same way as Paul, we are all by our own thoughts, words, and deeds sinners who transgress the law of God and deserve His wrath. The good news of the gospel is that the same grace given to Paul is also given to each and every one of God’s people.  In Christ, every Christian is brought into fellowship with God. In Christ, every Christian is reconciled to God. In Christ, every Christian will spend eternity in the presence of God in glorious joy beyond compare. In this life, God calls His people to partner together in prayer, giving, and suffering so that they might declare the awesome power of the gospel to the whole world. Join us in this countercultural display of God honoring partnership. One great place to start is by attending our monthly prayer meeting which will be Wednesday, March 8th.

In Christ,


It’s THAT Time Again

Yep, time to change our clocks. This is the bad one, the one where we lose an hour. So, on the evening of March 12th set your clock ahead one hour. It’s going to jump ahead during the night if you don’t do it. Then, you can awaken on Sunday morning and be able to arrive at Leidy’s Church in a timely fashion! It’s time to Spring Forward!

From the Pastor for Care & Counseling

I first want to extend a great thanks to you all for such a warm welcome and for a sense of excitement as I begin as the Pastor for Care and Counseling at Leidy’s Church. I have now been a member of the church for a couple of years and throughout that time my family has been grateful for your friendship, warmth, and prayers. I am truly grateful to have come to worship among you. Now, as my role is changing from handling technology to serving as a part time pastor, I want to reiterate my excitement and thanks for the welcome that I have received.

For those of you whom I have not yet had the chance to meet and talk to, I want to take just a few moments and tell you a little bit about me. I was raised in New York City and went to college to work with technology. Over time, the Lord placed within me a desire to minister to His people and to be trained to do that. In the fall of2010, I started a Master of Divinity degree at Westminster Seminary. While I was there, I found that I was drawn toward the counseling classes and took as many counseling electives as my schedule would allow. I did graduate but not before marrying my wife Sarah (as it seems is almost obligatory for pastors at Leidy’s Church). Together we have two children: Noelle and Caleb. Two years ago we moved from Erdenheim to Souderton and have been attending Leidy’s Church ever since.

You should know, that I have a heart for people and I love to relate to people through counseling to help them grow. You might wonder what exactly counseling is or looks like.Simply put, counseling is seeking to know and gain the wisdom of the Lord with others through His Word. To put it another way, counseling happens when God’s people come together and look at God’s Word holding it to their lives to see how they can grow and how the Lord has been good and faithful to them over the years.

It could be that you are reading and are desperate to have some aspect of counseling in your life. It could also be that you are reading this and thinking that you wouldn’t be caught in counseling in 1,000 years. Likely, you are somewhere in between the two. I think it is important to understand counseling and its connections to the heart of the gospel. You see, the Scriptures make clear that there is no one who is righteous or good on their own. Everyone needs the saving grace that comes through faith in Christ Jesus. That means we all need help. Sometimes that help can come in the form of Christian counseling. If you or someone or someone you know desires to talk a little further about counseling and what that is going to look like moving forward at Leidy’s Church, please speak with me or one of the other pastors. I would be happy to sit and talk with you about this exciting new ministry. Alternatively, you can contact the office and I will get the message.

Again, I want to simply express my joy and delight and being part of the family of God at Leidy’s Church and how humbled I am to be serving among you to the glory of Christ.

In His service,


Two Books by Leidy’s Church Folk

Recently, two books were published, each the work of someone with deep roots at Leidy’s Church. In December, Pat Niederhaus’ book Messiah waspublished and, more recently, Pastor Armand Weller’s novel A Year in the Whyte Househits the market in March. Both books are in the Leidy’s Church library, so a brief review of each seems to be in order.

Armand Weller was Pastor of Leidy’s Church from 1970 to 1984. He was the instrument God used to bring revival to our congregation. His novel offers some fascinating insights in to how that might have happened. A Year in the Whyte Housefollows Pastor Jack Whyte, his wife, and their five children as they move from the pastorate of a Connecticut church to a small congregation in southeastern PA. As you read the book, you’ll recognize some place names, some character descriptions that fit folk we know, some building details, and other items that make things seem very familiar and comfortable.

While tracking with the Whyte family in their move from Connecticut to PA is interesting in itself, embedded in the story are manifold insights into ministry options and styles a pastor and congregation face: how to develop good staff relations, what community outreach on a personal level might look like, how to discover and bring into practice latent gifts from the congregation members, and the reality of depending on the work of the Holy Spirit. There are a number of memorable illustrations that will resonate with readers, including one about a little boy’s boat that he whittled and then lost and then found and then bought.

A Year in the Whyte House is just that. Readers get an inside look into a family’s interpersonal dynamics as they go through a tumultuous year of changes and adjustments. This is not a novel that highlights the failures of characters as is usual nowadays, but one that illumines how individual character is shaped and developed as the Whyte family deals with problematic situations that arise.

Read it and see what you think. Oh, who do you suppose Pastor Whyte’s secretary in Connecticut is modeled after? Yep, you’re correct, that would be Jackie Landis, the secretary before Denise!

Messiah by Pat Niederhaus is a totally different genre of book. There is no reading to speak of. Rather it is the 44 scripture texts that comprise Handel’s Messiah set out in black letter calligraphy and illuminated in the fashion of classic illuminated manuscripts. Printed on heavy paper and wire bound, the book makes for easy turning of the pages without danger of tearing the paper.

This is not a book to be read, but a book to ponder and examine and reflect on. There is no commentary; the reader is left to provide the commentary. It makes a good coffee table book. Each page is complete in and of itself, although taken together the 44 texts provide a powerful gospel presentation.

Most folk are not aware that Handel did not choose the texts for the Messiah. He only wrote the music. The scripture texts were chosen and arranged by Charles Jennens. It is a worthwhile use of time to consider why he chose the texts he did and why they are in this particular order.

Take time to glance through the copy in the library or one that a friend may have and see if you are not struck by the beauty of texts and the illuminations.

A Year in the Whyte House is available from Amazon for $23.99. Or, you can order it through thechurch office for $18. If ordering through the office, the order must bereceived by March 31st. All such orders will be delivered at onetime in early April.

Messiah can bepurchased at the Liz Hess Art Gallery, 140 N. Prince St. Lancaster or call theGallery at 717-390-722 to order a copy. Cost of the book is $72. (It ain’tcheap to print art!) To save shipping costs, you can always order through Pat.

Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Leidy’s

It’s time for our March Pot Luck Dinner! This is one of the highlights of our year. Please bring a dish to share and join us for a night of delicious food and fellowship. This will take place at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The signup is on the bulletin board outside the office. Lorraine Kroesser will be sharing a devotional with us, followed by our business meeting. All ladies are welcome to join us. If you have any questions, please contact B.J. Kulp.

Upcoming Ladies Tea

A Ladies Tea is being planned for Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11:00 am. Keep an eye on the bulletin board for sign-ups to be a table host as well as a guest. Please join us for a great time of fellowship and entertainment by Marion and Friends Ventriloquist.

New Precept Study

On March 16th we begin the book of Lamentations. Where do we turn when we see misery all around? How can we trust and hope in something more? The only true hope Christians have is the Lord. In the book of Lamentations we get a glimpse of the God whose compassions never fail. Cost of the book is $7. Contact Verna if you have any questions.

O.A.S.I.S. News!

(Older Adults Sharing InService . . . 55+, but we are not picky!)

Some “bunny” told us that OASIS is having another lunch! The date is March 30th and we will begin at11:30 a.m. Mark both your calendar AND the sign-up sheet on the wall across from the office. We need an accurate number for meal planning.

So close to Easter, we thought our “Spring Flowers” theme would be fun, while we still remember the serious side of Easter—recalling how grateful we are for the Lord’s sacrifice on our behalf!

We will celebrate this lunch with homemade hearty vegetable beef soup and good-for-your-heart chicken noodle; trays of fruit, meats, cheeses & crackers and finish it off with Alice’s Famous Brownies, coffee, lemonade and tea.

For entertainment—well, we chat a lot with each other! But we also sing a lot, and we will be having an “Elder Egg Hunt (complete, of course, with a suitable prize). We will also be sharing information about a trip to Lancaster we have in the works for this summer.

So, don’t be a silly bunny! We “hop” to see you there!! Sign up soon!

Let’s Get Excited

Pastoral Care Team – You might have seen a group come to the front and be commissioned as the Pastoral Care Team (PCT). As God’s people we are called to care for everyone. Seeking to demonstrate God’s love for His people, the PCT will come alongside other ministries of Leidy’s Church like the shepherding program, the Benevolence Team, and the Pastoral staff to provide comfort, care, and support to those who are struggling spiritually. In addition, the PCT will be working with the Pastoral staff to walk through the Scriptures to encourage folks who are in need. This is an exciting way we hope to notonly build up God’s people at Leidy’s but also to send them into God’s harvest faithfully loving people. If you would like to know more about the PCT, please contact Dave Reich or Pastor Sam Im.

Let’s Pray –  There will be a Prayer meeting at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 8th. This is a great time for God’s people to partner together and lift our petitions to the Lord. This is after the conclusion of the second term of Wednesday Central and iBLAST so there will be no meal or childcare. That means we should have extra energy for praying!

Church Governance – At this past month’s prayer meeting, we announced that beginning in 2018 some elders saw that our church’s constitution needed some prayerful consideration. Starting in 2021, some of the elders began to read through the document seeking to find ways to increase clarity and internal cohesion in the document. With Pastor Tony’s arrival in early 2022, this process came into sharper focus. A group of elders met over approximately six months to review and make recommendations on any potential changes to the constitution. Currently, Spiritual Council is prayerfully considering those changes. If they are approved, there would need to be a congregational vote to accept them amendments. Please pray for the elders as they consider these changes and for the church as a whole as we discuss and vote upon them.

The School – A year ago, we halted the process to separate the old church building from the property in part because of interest in starting a classical Christian School. The process of looking at how best to start a classical Christian school continues.  Please pray for the leaders of the church as they hear and take part in discussions about a potential school and stay tuned for further updates in the coming months.

Getting a Clue

Most Christians don’t have a clue of what consists in the work of missionaries, how much time they must spend at various tasks, and the challenges they face in their ministry field. Hallelujah, such does not have to be the case for folk at Leidy’s Church. Why? Because we have Missions Month! And it’s this month: March!

Missions includes those who are overseas, sometimes in developed countries, sometimes in third world countries. Missions includes work in the United States, sometimes in direct evangelism efforts, sometimes in discipleship labors, sometimes in particularly needed areas such as homelessness, addiction, and trafficking. Missions includes short term mission activities carried out by volunteers from a local church, sometimes nearby and sometimes far away.

Come to the Fellowship Hall during the 8:45-9:45 Sunday School Hour in the month of March and you’ll discover a fascinating array of mission workers supported by our tithes and offerings. We’ve already heard from Joshua and Charline Jacobs on the last Sunday of February. They are overseas missionaries working in a developed country: France. Now we have more than a clue concerning all that sort of missionary work entails.

Denny Barger is with us on March 5th and he’ll explain the work he’s helping with in the Middle East. It includes everything from medical outreach to educational ministries to direct evangelism. It’s a multi-faceted ministry that we need to be clued in about.

Most of us are aware Leidy’s Church sent two sets of volunteer workers down to Puerto Rico during February. What sorts of things did they do? What manner of surprises did they encounter? What sort of ministry are they helping out? Each of those questions and more will be answered on March 12th when team members give a lively and informative presentation of their time in Puerto Rico. They got clued in on what Puerto Rico is like in February.

Leidy’s Church has supported India Bible Literature since 1985. That means we’re in our 38th year of ministry investment with them. Do you have a clue as to what all has happened in India due to our support over the course of the past 37 years? You need to be present on March 19th when Bill Teate will give a fascinating panoramic view of how Leidy’s Church has impacted lives in India with the gospel. You will be amazed, and you will no longer be clueless.

Many young folk have headed off to college with good Christian values yet emerge four or five years later with their Christian faith in tatters if they have any left at all. This is a major concern across our country. On the 26th of March we’ll hear some encouraging news from the college front. Kevin and Maria Noyes will be with us. They work with students at Gettysburg College and Penn State York campus. Going against the trend, they will explain how they are involved in helping college students find faith rather than lose faith while at college.They’ve got a clue and then some. Come, meet them, and be encouraged.

OK, that’s the Mission month lineup for Leidy’s Church. It’s a great opportunity to hear from and interact with mission folk whom we support. They will give us a clue.

How We Fund Mission Trips – Or, Get Involved in the SLMT Auction

We have lots of new faces at Leidy’s Church with the result, perhaps, that many folk are not aware of how Mission Trips are funded by us. These trips are usually labelled SLMT trips, that’s for Short Length Mission Trip. Here’s how it works.

SLMT trips are not part of our General Fund budget. Each SLMT tripis funded separate from our General Fund monies. That means good old fund-raising comes into play! We have found ways, however, to make fund-raising fun.

The best example is the SLMT Auction. It’s a great evening of fun, fellowship, and food, to say nothing of great items purchased! Over the years that event has generated anywhere from $14,000 to $20,000 annually. That’s attributable to those who contribute items to be auctioned off and those who bid eagerly on those items. Both are absolutely necessary. We hope you will be part of both groups!

Those who are part of a SLMT trip must raise some funds: $480. That’s all, though. What each participant raises does not cover the actual cost per participant on a Mission Trip. We designate that low amount so anyone who wishes to participate can do so regardless of their ability to pay the actual cost.

Where does the rest of the funding come from? You guessed it: from the SLMT Auction. That’s why we’re making a big deal about the upcoming SLMTAuction on April 22nd.

We try to keep fifteen to twenty thousand dollars in the SLMT Trip account so we can pay the start-up costs of trips. Those start-up costs usually involve transportation. For instance, the SLMT trip to Puerto Rico in February incurred over fifteen thousand dollars in airfare three months before they left.

There also are costs for materials, sometimes construction materials, sometimes teaching materials, sometimes materials to give to the folk where we are going. It all adds up. 😊

That’s why we need everyone to be involved in the SLMT Auction. We have received a trickle of contributions for the Auction at this point. We’re looking for a flood. Every contribution helps out, so don’t think you cannot contribute a worthwhile item. Donation forms are available in the office if you need one. And, remember to mark April 22nd as a date that’s reserved for you and your household to attend the SLMT Auction.

Leidy’s Church has been blessed over the years to have vital SLMT opportunities. We praise God each trip has been funded without dipping into the General Fund. It is our desire to continue to do so. But it ain’t gonna happen without the whole-hearted, generous, joyful support of the congregation and her individual members. It is hoped this short article clarifies matters for all of us.

Thank you to all who have been SLMT supporters over the years!

Within the Fellowship

Our sincere Christian sympathy to Dotty Lahl and family at the death of her husband, Jim. May God be with them at this difficult time.


Present: Shaun Permar Michael Nowling, John DiLenge, Tony Jones, Jim Kinney, Aaron Vogelzang, Brian Shoemaker, Dana Gehman, Dave Reich, Ed Schmidt, Kendall Musselman (zoom), Jeff Schatz, and Zach Darrow

Absent: Tim Leidy and Jeff Pike

Jeff Schatz called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. Michael gave adevotion on Psalm 121 with points from Psalm 51 added examining the way we come to God in worship and our attitudes toward the one who keeps His people. Our satisfaction in the circumstances of our lives reflect our satisfaction with the manner the Lord deals with us. Anger at the events of life is an expression of anger toward the Lord.

The minutes from the Consistory meeting of January 4 were reviewed. On motion of Brian Shoemaker and a second by Dana Gehman, the minutes were approved.

Dana Gehman delivered the financial report. Though giving in January was healthy, the available fund balance remains in the negative. Dana is reviewing the schedule of payments for benevolences to write but not send support pending cash flow availability. February will see savings to Steve Myers’ salary, retirement, and insurance starting in the month of February. Abundant Life Church has promised to make good on their delinquent rent by February 17. We are receiving rent from Love Cradle and CEF directly. It was agreed that the status of the budget will be shared on a quarterly basis through the newsletter, Wednesday Central, and other forms of announcement. On the motion of Michael Nowling and second of Shaun Permar the financial report was approved.

Building usage – Dana Gehman also presented the possibility of collecting income for the use of the building. Many positives and negatives were discussed along with potential tax liabilities. The property team along with Dana were tasked with researching other local churches’ practices for use of space and to return with a proposal in March.

Pastoral Care Team and Staff Appointment – Dave Reich presented the organization of the Pastoral Care Team and again highlighted its function assisting shepherds and pastors in ministering to the flock of Leidy’s Church. Sam Im’s appointment to the part time role of Pastor for Care and Counseling and the logistics of his transition were discussed.

Benevolence –  Ed shared that we had received one request for help in January and Michael described a possible respite opportunity for families of special needs folks. Aaron, Ed, and Michael will take the lead in establishing such a program.

Buildings – With the coming of spring, Michael noted the forthcoming needs of the grounds and tasked Tim and Kendall to help assist with some of the projects outside. Jim Kinney was tasked with helping to analyze building costs and find ways of maximizing efficiency. Shaun was tasked with some of the particular projects including the removal of the green hue to the stucco on the north side of the building along with Tyler. Rich, Tyler, and Michael met to discuss the location of ongoing wicking noting that remediation efforts have been largely successful. In the spring they will examine the location of downspouts and see if there is some further complication stemming from them.

Website – The new website is in a reviewing stage and will be transitioned to the live website in March.

Zach closed the meeting in prayer at 10:18. p.m.

New City Catechism

Question 28: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever.

John 3:16-18, 36: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ForGod did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. . . . Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Commentary – JC Ryle

Painful as the subject of hell is, it is one about which I dare not, cannot, must not be silent. Who would desire to speak of hell-fire if God had not spoken of it? When God has spoken of it so plainly, who can safely hold his peace?

. . . I know that some do not believe there is any hell at all. They think it impossible there can be such a place. They call it inconsistent with the mercy of God. They say it is too awful an idea to be really true. The devil of course rejoices in the views of such people. They help his kingdom mightily. They are preaching up his old favourite doctrine, “ye shall not surely die.” . . .

There is but one point to be settled, “what says the word of God.” Do you believe the Bible? Then depend upon it, hell is real and true. It is as true as heaven—as true as justification by faith—as true as the fact that Christ died upon the cross—as true as the Dead Sea. There is not a fact or doctrine which you may not lawfully doubt if you doubt hell. Disbelieve hell, and you unscrew, unsettle, and unpin everything in Scripture. You may as well throw your Bible aside at once. From “no hell” to “no God” there is but a series of steps.

John Lin

One of the Bible’s more difficult and often misunderstood teachings is that of hell being a real, conscious, eternal punishment. And this is understandable. All of us have people in our midst who don’t know Christ—friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues—about whom we would rather not think that hell could be their future. In fact, people have had discomfort about the idea of hell throughout history, because on the surface it seems inconsistent with everything we read in the Bible about God’s mercy and love. And yet the Bible’s teaching on hell as conscious and eternal suffering is unavoidable. Actually, without the existence of hell, much of what we know about God’s love comes into question.

First, Jesus, the most loving man who ever lived, spoke about hell more frequently and vividly than all other biblical authors combined. He described it as Gehenna, which was a garbage heap where fires burned constantly, or as the outer darkness, where there’s no illumination but only misery. In the story he tells of the rich man and Lazarus, hell is a place of conscious and real suffering. Jesus warns us about hell again and again (Matt. 13:41-42; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 16:19-31).

Second, the existence of hell helps us to understand the consequences of sin. In some ways hell is the outworking of what we as sinful people have always wanted: autonomy and independence from God. In hell we are therefore cut off from God and from everything that God is. So in hell there’s no love, there’s no friendship, there’s no joy, there’s no rest, because those are all things that exist only where God is present.

But most importantly, until we acknowledge the reality of hell, we cannot truly understand the meaning of the cross. Put another way, we cannot understand God’s love until we understand the reality of his wrath. God’s wrath is a settled, controlled opposition and hatred of anything that is destroying what he loves. God’s wrath flows from his love for creation. It flows from his justice. He’s angry at greed, self-centeredness, injustice, and evil because they’re destructive. And God will not tolerate anything or anyone responsible for destroying the creation and the people that he loves.

Think of it this way. Saying, “I know God loves me because he would give up everything for me” is much different from saying, “I know God loves me because he did give up everything for me.” One is a loving sentiment; the other is a loving act. And while we may try to make God more loving by diminishing the reality of hell and God’s wrath, all we’ve really done is diminish the love of God. Without a real hell we can’t understand the real price that Jesus paid for our sin. And without a real price that was paid, there’s no real love, there’s no real grace, and there’s no real praise for what he has done.

Unless you believe in hell, you’ll never know how much Jesus loves you and how much he values you. Jesus experienced hell himself on the cross. Jesus was separated from his Father. On the cross Jesus cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”(Matt. 27:46). When Jesus lost the eternal love of the Father, he experienced an agony, a disintegration, an isolation greater than anything anyone of us would have experienced in eternity in hell. He took the isolation and disintegration that we deserve upon himself. Unless you believe in hell and see what Jesus took for you, you will never know how much he loves you.

The real issue is not how a loving God would allow there to be a hell. The issue is, if Jesus Christ would experience hell for me, then, truly, he must be a loving God. It’s not “Why would god allow hell?” It’s “Why would God experience hell for me?” And yet he did.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

March Birthdays

1 – Dotty Lahl, Doug Lindner, Rodney Shoemaker, Joan Tawney

2 – Harvey Shoemaker

3 – Diane Gehman, Brandon Kehs

4 – Juliana Kapusta, Tyler Mann

5 – Oaklie Hager

6 – Gina Shoemaker

7 – Sam Im

10 – Isaac Kehs

14 – Brad Peck, Graham Vogelzang

16 – Sylvia Martindell

17 – Irv Kulp, Iryna Yagilnicky

24 – Cassy Olszyk, Rick Kehs, Ken Peck, Thelma Spitzkopf, TonyWilwert

25 – Phoenix Smith

26 – Shae Mahoney, Ruthie Niederhaus

27 – Barb Gehman

28 – Evangeline Niederhaus, Clinton Radcliff

29 – Emma Coale, Laurie Plank

30 – Sherman Focht, Marlene Hughes

31 – Meghann Permar


6 – John & Fern Vasey

8 – Roger & Patti Jones

10 – Dennis & Bonnie Doran

23 – Zach & Natalie Darrow