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  • Ash Wednesday Service 7-8pm, Feb. 26, 2020
  • Thank you, Pete and Gene.

Welcome to our church website.

We are glad you are here!

We hope to see you soon!

8:30 a.m. early Service

9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship


This week begins the season of Lent

Lent is the forty days preceding Easter. Christians remember the forty days Jesus spent facing temptation in the wilderness; we sacrifice things these days. We go on the belief that less is more. If we really want closeness to God, it will mean sacrificing some lesser things to make room for the greater. Giving up sweets is only the tip of the iceberg. Giving up sarcasms or committing to attending worship, may be closer to the iceberg itself. 

February 25, 2020 is Shrove Tuesday - celebrated as Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," in some places. The Youth Group will hold a pancake supper at the church beginning at 5:00 p.m. The practice of eating pancakes before Lent goes back to the time when households would use up all their perishables, their fat, eggs and flour, to prepare themselves for the fasting of Lent.

February 26, 2020 is Ash Wednesday. We will have a service of worship at 7:00 p.m. We burn the palms from last years' Palm Sunday to make the ashes we place on our foreheads for Ash Wednesday. It is an act of humility. We admit to how quickly our cheers for Jesus on Palm Sunday turned into jeers for his crucifixion just days later. The message "Dust thou are and to dust thou returnest," reminds us - since our days are numbered, we ought not to waste them.

We sometimes feel a little sheepish wearing a cross on our forehead. If the most foolish thing we do this week is to exhibit our faith with a cross on our forehead, we are in good company.

"We are fools for Christ's sake..." I Corinthians 4:10

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve



Visit from Missionary the Rev. Sarah Henken

The Rev. Sarah Henken! Sarah is a Presbyterian missionary serving in Colombia, South America, where our "Well" project is being pursued.

The weekend of March 28 and March, we have invited the Rev. Henken to visit Harford County.

First, March 28, she will be making a presentation in Bel Air: 

Susquehanna Ministry Group has organized a discipleship event on March 28, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air: “Getting Beyond Our Walls: Equipping Us For Mission.” This Saturday gathering is intended to assist congregations as they identify the needs of their community and how they might respond as disciples of Christ.

We will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude the event at 2:00 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Sarah Henken, a PCUSA missionary serving in South America. In addition, there will speakers from various ministries and social agencies. More information will follow in a separate communication.

Second, March 29, she is preaching at our church and teaching Sunday School.

If you would like to send her cards, feel free to use this address:

Carrera 37 #54-44

Apartamento 102

Barranquilla, Colombia


You may send her an e-mail: 


You may also follow her work through the PCUSA website:

Sarah Henken, PCUSA Missionary

In Christ,

Pastor Steve



Wath the video below, to connect with your feelings:



Church: A model community of the imperfect


Eugene Peterson, from his Introduction to the book of James.


When Christian believers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does. Outsiders, on observing this, conclude that there is nothing to the religion business, except, perhaps, business – and dishonest business at that. Insiders see it differently. Just as a hospital collects the sick under one roof and labels them as such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised. It’s similar with sinners outside the church.

So Christian churches as not, as a rule, model communities of good behavior. They are, rather, places where human behavior is brought out in the open, faced and dealt with.


Together in Christ,




The Presbyterian Church was an unexpected offspring of a religious movement called “The Reformation.” Two of the leading Reformers of the time, Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564), had no intention of forming a new church, at least not initially. Their desire was to reform the present day Catholic Church, to purge the Church of corruptions and set it more in line with the traditions and theology of Scripture and of the early church. The Reformers became known as “Protestants” because their requests for change sounded more and more like protests.

The Presbyterian Church is one of several churches that can trace their origins to the Reformation. Presbyterians get their name from the Greek word “presbuteros” which means “elder.” The term refers to the system, in apostolic times, of choosing leaders from among the wisest members of the church. A prominent doctrine of the Reformation was “the priesthood of all believers.” Reformed churches designed themselves in ways that gave more power to the congregation. The Presbyterians established a representative system where elders, presbyters and commissioners were elected.

The French organized the first congregation in 1555 and the French Huguenots were one of the first Presbyterians to reach America, followed closely by the English, Dutch, German, Irish and Scottish. In 1706 the first American presbytery was formed in Philadelphia and soon after the Synod of Philadelphia in 1716. 1789 marked the First General Assembly in Philadelphia.

The Church grew and diversified as it headed westward. By 1800 there were 20,000 members. In another thirty-seven years, there were 220,000. With the growth in numbers came an increase of conflict, separation and sometimes reunion. “Old School” and “New School” divisions plagued Presbyterians for years. The most infamous of issues was slavery. The Civil War severely divided the Church.

The next 120 years saw movements toward reunification. In 1958 the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) and the United Presbyterian Church of North America merged to form the Presbyterian Church in the United States of American (UPCUSA). In 1983 the two largest Presbyterian Churches united at the Atlanta General Assembly (G.A.): the southern-based Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) and the northern-based (UPCUSA). In 1985 the G.A. approved a seal for the new Church. There are some powerful images in the symbol which reveal what is important to us as Presbyterians. Today there are about 2,000,000 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the largest of the mainline Presbyterian denominations.

“Unexpected” may seem like a good way to describe the beginnings of the Presbyterian Church. But for Presbyterians it has always been the “providence of God.”

Together in Christ,


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Churchville, Maryland 21028
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January Events

January 26, 2020 Annual Congregational Meeting

Looking Ahead to February 

February 9, "Children's Sunday" - We extend a special invitation to our Child Care Families to joins us as we learn about "Isaiah and the Still Small Voice" 10:30 a.m.

February 16, "Spiritual, Not Religious" - We have a potluck gathering. Dr. Melton will present a program on the relationship of those today who call them themselves "spiritual but not religious" and the founding Fathers: Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, etc. What do they have in common? 5:00 p.m.