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Welcome to our church website.

We are glad you are here!

We hope to see you soon!

Our physical gathering has been postponed until November 22, 2020,

But, our spiritual worship continues with links here. 


Adult Education

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. our Seminary Intern, Carroll Fitzgerald will be teaching lessons on the Bible. Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Steve will be teaching on faith and theology. 

Click Here for Live Discussion Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

October 18, 2020. "No one knows the hour" Matthew 24:36,37

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

October 11, 2020. "Privileged" James 2:1-9

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

October 4, 2020. "Hubris and Israeli intertribal conflict and bloodshed", Judges 12:1-6

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

Sept. 27, 2020. "Forgiveness--coming to terms with the past, part III", Matt 6:7-15

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days 

Sept. 20, 2020. "Forgiveness--coming to terms with the past, part II", Matt 5:21-24

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

Sept. 13, 2020. Rally Day, Compassion Sunday. Sermon: "'Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung'--coming to terms with the past", Matt 18:21-35

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Pastor Steve and Kathy are on vacation this week. For Sunday, Sept. 6th, we encourage you to attend Fallston's Outdoor Worship at 9:00 a.m. or the Worship at the National Cathedral at 11:15 a.m., Live on-line Click Here for Worship at National Cathedral


Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days 

Sermon: August 30. "Two Wisdoms". James 3:13-18

 


Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

Sermon: August 23. "Setting Things Right", Galations 2:15-21. Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - Ordinary Days

Sermon: August 16. "Thou shalt not covet", Exodus 20:17. Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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My father served in Navy during WWII. He entered right after graduating high school. The war in Europe had ended. Hostilities with Japan were far from over, in fact, the worse battle in the Pacific theatre took place between April and June of 1945. Okinawa was an island just south of the Japanese mainland. The U.S. forces considered it preparation for the invasion of Japan itself.

The closer the Allies got to Japanese homeland, the bloodier the battles became. In those three months in Okinawa, Japan had 100,000 casualties and the Americans had 50,000 – more lost than in any other WWII engagement.

My father was on the aircraft carrier, the Essex. They were retrieving the dead, evacuating the injured and bringing soldiers back home. My father said there were thousands on board. The deck of the carrier was littered with casualties.

The only people who truly understand warfare are those who experience it. The rest of us may get a vague sense from movies and books, but unless we have been there ourselves, we really don’t know what it’s like. Seeing bodies torn apart. Watching your friends die. The sounds of bullets whistling past your ears. The thunder of bombs which envelope you. The one thing my father said he remembers most distinctly was the smell. The main reason so many of the soldiers were on deck was to keep the smell of burnt flesh from permeating the inside of the ship.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who lost their lives protecting our nation. In hindsight, we realize not every conflict our nation participated in was just. But, on Memorial Day we are not measuring the motives, we are honoring the sacrifice. The men and women who serve our country put devotion to the country first and protecting the person right next to them as their motive.

In John 15:13, Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend.” This is what these women and men did. They gave their last measure of love to defend their brothers and sisters in arms. We have freedoms to live where we want to live, to love who we want to love and to worship God in a manner of our choosing.

We stop this Memorial Day for just a moment to honor their memory. It is right and good that we should do so.

Let us pray:

“All Powerful God,

we honor those men and women - 

Our sons and daughters, Husbands and wives,

Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers—

Who have laid down their life for their country.

Whether weary or emboldened, quiet or defiant,

Vulnerable or ready when You called them home,

Their sacrifice is too humbling for words

except these uttered in prayer.

Loving Lord, bless them forever in Your eternal peace…

Cherish their spirit, honor their commitment,

send them our love,

and will never forget the service that they gave.”

Let us never grow weary of working for that day when “…we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. And, nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more…”

In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen. 


 

"Give it the green light!"

 

"See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland." Is. 43:19

The prophet Isaiah tells us to keep our eyes open for the new thing God is about to do. During this pandemic, we are preparing for a vaccine to be found. Our church is doing it's part to prepare the way.

Bells - Each morning at 11:00 a.m. we will ring the church bell eleven times. The number eleven is an incomplete number, just one short of the twelve we learned about in the Bible. We ring the bell to announce our solidarity with all those laboring on the front lines, but also to express our desire for the complete resolution to this pandemic. 

Green Light - We ask that all of you turn on a GREEN light at your house every evening. Place the light somewhere it can be seen at night – ideally outside.

Why?

Green is the color of renewal and promise. When things start to turn green in the spring, we know new life is on its way. We believe a new vaccine is on its way.

Let us join together in hope.

Turn on your green lights at night.

Imagine the lights as prayers reaching to the heavens.

Share the idea!

 

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve


Watch our Virtual Easter Parade!

Featuring Flowers and Families.

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A Pastoral Message from Pastor Steve

"This Time Is Hard On People"

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Click Link Below to Hear

Autumn, Clementine, Finnegan and Kalliope Ferguson

Sing "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" for Palm Sunday:

Welcome Jesus On Palm Sunday:

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Welcome to Our Virtual Palm Sunday Parade:

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Elder Darlene Seippel Shares a Minute for Mission 

for The Presbyterian One Great Hour of Sharing Offering:

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Preventive Medicine - Get Outdoors!

There are many benefits to being outside during the pandemic, not the least of which is our mental health. Sunny skies, and a little exercise makes us feel better, mentally and physically. Fresh air is also good for our lungs and allows us to expel recycled air and any germs that might be in it. Some research suggests UV light helps kill the virus. Hospital grade sterilization is dangerous, but we know it works. No definitive data has been collected on UV, but the thought is - yes, sunlight will help. We don't know how much time is needed, but any sunlight is a good thing. So enjoy the fresh air, get some Vitamin D and boost your mental health.

Enjoy the spring!

- Dana Cross

 


We share a reflection on a creation psalm: Psalm 104.

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Almighty God, today we celebrate Your magnificent splendor. For by Your hand You placed time in motion. From the first day of creation until this very day, Your creative wonders have filled the universe. On this Sabbath day, we celebrate how by Your mighty power You raised Christ from the grave. From that first resurrection Sunday until this day, Your love has given life to all mankind. Now, O God, as we enter this sacred time of worship, we call upon You to bathe us in Your presence and bless us by Your Spirit. To Your Name be glory and honor, now and forever. Amen.

We open with a discusson of the Old Testament book of Habakkuk:

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COVID-19 Communications

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Building Closed

In response to the coronavirus, our Session voted to suspend all group activities on church grounds. There is a compelling reason for this action. While most of us are not at serious risk, we have many in our community – namely the elderly and those with medical conditions – who are at risk. We want to protect them. By all reports, social distancing and careful attention to hand cleanliness, are two of the best ways to discourage the spread of the virus. Thus, because we love you and we love our neighbors, we are initiating these decisions.

On-Line Services

We are offering an on-line service of worship on Sunday using the Zoom platform. Worship will be at 11:00 a.m. Visit this site and the manner of the broadcast will be explained on the right side under announcements. 

Child Care Center

The CPC Preschool and Child Care Center has cancelled Preschool and Child Care. However, You may contact our director, Libby Turney, for answers to your questions: 410-836-2148.

Office Hours

The office is without an Administrative Assistant at this time, Kathy Melton is volunteering her help, but there may be periods when no one will be there to answer phones. If you want to ask questions, please contact the pastor, Dr. Stephen Melton, by cell: 717-571-6787.

Church Support

For those who wish to provide financial support for the ministry of our church, there is a giving link on the top right-hand corner of this church website. There you will see three icons. The middle one showing a hand giving money, is the one to click. You will be asked to provide a number for a credit card or for a bank account. You can save the information and give again in the future without much trouble.

Open to Christ

The theologian and writer, C.S. Lewis said as people of God we want “the good infection.” We want to get close enough to Christ, so His Spirit infects our spirit. We will become less ourselves and more of Him, and by becoming more of Him, we rediscover our natural state as children of God.

The doors of the church are temporarily closed for now, but we are reminded - the door Christ is knocking on, has been and always will be, the door of our soul – and we can open it anywhere and at any moment.

Dear God, we look to You in this time of trouble. May Your Son, our great physician, be present to us all. Especially be with those who will have a difficult time during this period of isolation. May our concern not only be for ourselves but for them. Help us find ways to reach out in faith. Enter our room. Fill us with grace. Send us back out as agents of hope. In Your name we pray. Amen.

 

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We give thanks for the virtual visit from Missionary the Rev. Sarah Henken.

The Rev. Sarah Henken is a Presbyterian missionary serving in Colombia, South America, where our "Well" project is being pursued. If you would like to send her cards, feel free to use this address:

Carrera 37 #54-44

Apartamento 102

Barranquilla, Colombia

08001

You may send her an e-mail: 

http://mailto:sarah.henken@pcusa.org

You may also follow her work through the PCUSA website:

Sarah Henken, PCUSA Missionary

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

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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,

Stephen

 


“A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH”

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,

Stephen

 
 
Contact Us  
Churchville Presbyterian Church
2844 Churchville Rd.
Churchville, Maryland 21028
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Announcements

Indoor Worship Begins

Our sanctuary will open Sunday, October 11, for worship indoors at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to wear a face mask. The Service will also be broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom in the same room each week:

Click Here for Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Meeting ID: 790 818 2538

Password: 503509

For those who can only use a phone: 1-301-715-8592

Forgiving Debts

This Sunday, September 27, is the last of our sermon series on forgiveness. The passage is the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6: 7-15. What is the correct translation of verse 12? Do we "forgive those who trespass against us"? Do we "forgive those who sin against us"? Do we "forgive our debtors"? These all sound slightly different. Which one is closest to what Jesus actually said?

Find out this week. We will have an Outdoor Worship under the trees and broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom:

Click Here for Service of Worship at 10:30 a.m.

 

“Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung”

This Sunday, September 13, is Rally Day! We will have Sunday School for children at 9:30 a.m. - meet outside the C.E. Building. Followed by Outdoor Worship under the trees at 10:30 a.m. The service will also be broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom.

Click Here for Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.

It is also Compassion Sunday. Joyce Carter and Bonnie Jones will be talking about the ministry. There will be a video playing just before worship begins and once again during worship as they give a Minute for Mission.

The title of the sermon for Sunday is, “Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung.” Look up what it means. What does it have to do with Jesus's parable in Matthew 18: 21-35.

I will give you a hint. This Sunday and the next two Sundays I will be preaching on forgiveness. 

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

September 6, 2020

Pastor Steve and Kathy are on vacation this week. We encourage you to attend Fallston's Outdoor Worship at 9:00 a.m. or the Worship at the National Cathedral at 11:15 a.m., Live on-line Click Here for Worship at National Cathedral

Two Wisdoms

Knowledge is not the same as wisdom. We can be an astrophysicist-physicist or a neurosurgeon and can be completely lacking in wisdom. We can be the garbage collector or the school custodian and be the wisest person for miles. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom. This Sunday we are listening specially to what James says in James 3:13-18. There are at least two kinds of wisdom. Let's learn about "wisdom from above."

Click Here for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.

"Setting Things Right"

"Justification" is a word used in many different fields. It is a printing term. It is a legal term. It is a theological term. The first century Apostle Paul said that because of Jesus, things have been set right with God. The 16th century Reformers advanced the concept to ease our anxiety. Try as we might to do our best, we fail. The good news is this failure is not the end of the story. 

This Sunday the sermon passage is Galatians 2: 15-21.

Click Here for Live Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

 

The Tenth Commandment

"Thou Shalt Not Covet"

We conclude our study of the Ten Commandments with a warning from God. To violate the 10th Commandment is a crime against our own identity. This is not directed towards God. This is not an offense against others. To break this Commandment is to sap joy from ourselves in ways unlike any of the other Commandments.

We may not even consider covetness an especially bad thing to do. Is there something wrong with desire? Yet envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins for good reasons.

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as we talk about why it is so harmful.

Click Here for Live Zoom Worship Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

 

The Ninth Commandment

"Thou shall not bear false witness."

This Sunday, August 9, is our last Outdoor Worship at 10:00 a.m. until September 13. We will gather under the trees. Bring your own chairs and your own face masks (we will have extras in case you forget yours).

The Peace, Justice and Mission Committee will be selling cold bottles of water to benefit our Well Project in Colombia, South America: $2.00/bottle. Thanks to your generosity we collected over $100!

The 9th Commandment could be reduced to, "do not lie," but it's more than that. Of course, we shouldn't lie, but it's also wrong to gossip and talk bad about others. We might say, "Well, is it really gossip if we are telling the truth?" The 9th Commandment was made to protect people against those who say they just want to tell the truth about others. Their insidious "truth-telling" violates the 9th Commandment because their spoken motivations are false. Their true motive is to cause someone harm.

Nothing is more damaging to relationships, families, and churches than those who use their words, their witness, to spread hurt.

Click Here for Zoom Worship Live Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

 

The Eighth Commandment

"Thou shalt not steal"

This week we are reminded of the 8th Commandment. From the first time we were told not to take what is ours, we have known it was wrong. Yet, we still find creative ways to take what belongs to others and others do the same with us.

This Sunday, August 2, is Communion Sunday. Hygienically sealed cups with juice and a wafer enclosed in plastic from Cokesbury publishers will be shared at our Outdoor venue. Those are home are encouraged to prepare their own bread and cup in advance.

Click Here for 10:00 a.m. Worship on Zoom 

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

The Seventh Commandment

"Thou shalt not commit adultery."

This Sunday, July 26, is the third of our three 10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worships. Stay tuned to learn if we will have a fourth. We will gather under the trees. Bring your own chairs and your own face masks (we will have extras in case you forget yours).

Perhaps the most foundational human commitment is the promise of fidelity between a husband and a wife. The 7th Commandment holds couples together, which in turn holds families together.

Jesus takes it a step further: "You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5: 27-28) 

Tough words, especially for men.

Click Here for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

The Sixth Commandment

"Thou shall not kill."

This Sunday, July 19, is the second of three 10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worships. We will gather under the trees. Bring your own chairs and your own face masks (we will have extras in case you forget yours). The Peace, Justice and Mission Committee will be selling cold bottles of water to benefit our Well Project in Colombia, South America: $2.00/bottle.

In Hebrew the 6th Commandment is actually only two words: "not murder" - that's it. The intention seems clear enough and yet, we know it is far from clear in real life. What about executions? Killing in times of war? Killing to defend ourselves? Abortions? Is there really a difference between "killing" and "murder"?

Then there is what Jesus said, "It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." Does this Commandment extend as a prohibition against killing someone's faith?

Let's talk about this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Click Here to Join Live Worship Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

 

The Fifth Commandment

"Honor thy Father and Mother that your days may be long and your life will prosper."

This Sunday, July 12, we will have our first of three (3) Outdoor Services at 10:00 a.m. under the trees. Bring your own chairs and your own face masks (we have a few extra masks for those who forget). The service will also be live on Zoom and Facebook. The Peace, Justice and Mission Committee will be selling cold water bottles to raise money for the Well Project in Colombia, South America: $2/bottle.

The 5th Commandment is one of the few in which God makes a clear promise. If we honor our parents, good things will happen. This Commandment is clear enough, but there are some cases in which it may be complicating. How do we honor the parent who abused us or abandoned us? Jesus's life exhibited mixed messages. Read John 2:4, Matthew 12: 46-48, that episode when he was only 12 in Luke 2: 41-51 and finally the scene at the cross in John 19: 25-27.

This Sunday we will pray for God to show us what it means for each of us.

Join us Sunday, July 12th as we delve into the meaning.

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Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

The Fourth Commandment

Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. The 4th Commandment is considered a "hinge" commandment. The first three Commandments are specifically directed towards our relationship with God. The last six Commandments are about our relationship with one another. The 4th Commandment is about both. 

What does it mean to honor the Sabbath today?

Join us Sunday, July 5th as we delve into the meaning.

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Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

Third Commandment

What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain? Clearly, the use of "G-damn" when cursing treats God's name as nothing more than a flippant expletive. But, the 3rd Commandment is more interested in other violations. What are these?

To find out, join us for our live worship on Zoom and Facebook Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

Second Commandment

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Besides giving thanks for dad, we will be honoring four graduates:

Josh Deckard (Havre de Grace High School)

Athena Floros (C. Milton Wright High School)

Matthew Treusdell (Penn State University), and

Samantha Widenhouse (C. Milton Wright High School)

Each will receive a gift from the church.

We will continue our study of 2nd Commandment: “Thou shalt not make a graven image…” (Dt. 5: 8)

We will continue our study of 2nd Commandment: “Thou shalt not make a graven image…” (Dt. 5: 8) What kind of image of God is ok? Is having a picture of Jesus in our living room permissible? The Commandment also says we shall not have images of anything on the earth or in the ocean? Does this mean no photos of our family at the beach?

To find out, join us for our live worship on Zoom and Facebook Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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Together in Christ,

Pastor Steve

The First Commandment

This Sunday we will look into the First Commandment: "Thou shalt not have any other gods before me." (Dt. 5:7)

Our live service may be watched on Facebook or on the Zoom platform.

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