August Pastor’s Message

“Back to School” When we were kids, two days before school started, Grandpap (Mom’s father) would drive us to the little suburb of Castle Shannon, where we would catch a streetcar into downtown Pittsburgh. The little “five and ten” where we bought our back-to-school supplies also had racks and bins

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July Pastor’s Message

“Freedom isn’t free.” It’s become a popular slogan to describe the reality that someone must pay the price for the many to enjoy freedom. In the movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” a small unit was sent to retrieve Private Ryan from his field assignment; his brother had been killed, and Ryan

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April Pastor’s Message

The chorus of a beautiful old gospel song says this: He could have called ten thousand angels, To destroy the world, and set him free. He could have called ten thousand angels, But he died alone for you and me. Jesus’ greatest desire was to do the Father’s will; on

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March Pastor’s Message

Pity the poor weatherman. Even with the most modern meteorological instruments and years of experience, weather prediction is an inexact science at best. And because the weather affects so much of our plans, we depend on those predictions. So, when things don’t go according to plan (when the weatherman is

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February Pastor’s Message

With Valentine’s Day approaching, special relationships take center stage. The last-minute gift that’s hurriedly bought and carelessly given means little, and may reflect a hurried, careless heart which is doing the giving. The gift that’s given with thought and care put into it, and given from a heart of gratitude

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January Pastor’s Message

Zion Church 2016 – A Family Trip Oh, the joys of a family trip – the planning and packing, the anticipation, the fun (and fighting) on the way, the tiredness and moments of wondering “why did we ever think a family trip was a good idea?” But in the end,

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November Pastor’s Message

A recent tragic road rage incident in New Mexico is a stark reminder of our need to be followers of Jesus in every daily situation.  Apparently the driver of the car, a man with two young children, cut off the driver of the truck.  A moving shouting match ensued, until

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October Pastor’s Message

The jade plant in our living room began leaning badly from its own weight. I trimmed some of the thick, heavy leaves from the branches, and tied the leaning branches to tall stakes I put in the pot. Jade plants are notoriously slow growers. But they do need regular care,

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September Pastor’s Message

A Testimony To our brothers and sisters in Christ here at Zion, About five years ago, our son Zachary began to have trouble walking. His neurologist diagnosed him with ataxia, which is a general term for walking difficulty. He began to run a series of tests, all of which failed

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August Pastor Message

Dr. Johnson had invited the Garrett family (all seven of them) to use his summer cabin for the month of July. They had free rein to everything in the cabin – he only asked that they clear the brush around the property, and other small jobs. The family started the

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