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Worshiping Remotely

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Worshiping remotely It's not something new Christians all over the world these days are connecting with their church via electronic media to worship remotely with fellow believers. For many of us this is a new experience, but it has been done before. A New York Times article, dated May 21, 2006, describes a pastor who was ministering to a congregation of dispersed immig...

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A Psalm for Those Sheltering in Place

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A Psalm for Those Sheltering in Place Being shut indoors because of potential danger, as we currently are, can be challenging. We feel stuck. We feel alone. We are uncertain of what the future holds. In times like this, Psalm 142 can be a helpful guide for turning our thoughts toward God and directing our prayers. The scribal note connected with Psalm 142 tells us that...

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MESSAGE AND PLAYLIST FROM MATTHEW MAIMONE

To my beautiful new family in Astoria, Each and every one of you is in my constant prayer. God is good, even amidst tremendous difficulty. These are trying times, but we are still together in the sense that God is looking out for each of our needs and wants and hopes. I miss worshipping with you all very much so I prepared a small worship playlist to coincide with Davi...

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Losing Control

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The spread of the coronavirus has, in many ways, made us feel that we are losing control. Our schedules have changed. Our plans have been cancelled. Technology we thought would protect us has proved powerless. No one knows what will happen tomorrow. We feel that control has been lost. But this is all an illusion. We haven't lost control; we never had it to begin with. J...

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Blessed Down-Time

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"I wish I had more time for prayer." "I wish I could get some rest." "I just wish things would slow down so I had time to think." Have you ever said (or thought) anything like this? Well, guess what. God is answering your prayers. The isolation forced on us by the current public health crisis is presenting many of us with a tremendous gift TIME. Of course, we still ha...

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Giving and Hoarding

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I have been thinking about Covid-19 and this new hoarding mentality. The supply hasn't changed, by many fear that it might. Our giving is not dependent on our attendance at church but it is based on the fact that God has not stopped giving and neither should we. Being faithful in giving is based on God's faithfulness to provide. We give God a portion of what He has given...

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March 16 Message from Pastor David

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Message from Pastor David. Click here....

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Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity

The current public health crisis will likely present us with windows of opportunity to love our neighbors. Let's keep our eyes open for these occasions. People may be more open to interact with others than they normally are. Perhaps you can offer to do grocery shopping for the elderly couple next door. (Of course, make sure you maintain safe social distance.) Jesus sa...

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5 ways trusting in Christ affects your life today

Does knowing Jesus make any difference in your daily life right now? Romans 5:1-5 describes five ways that faith in Christ affects your life today. 1) You have peace with God v. 1. Through faith in Christ, believers have been justified. This means, Christian, that, because of Jesus, God has declared you to be righteous and acceptable in his eyes. This divine pronouncem...

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The Call of Faith

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NowtheLordsaidto Abram, "Go from your countryand your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, andin you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So ...

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The Practice of Lent

Celebrating the season of Lent (cuaresma) is one of the oldest practices of the Christian church. It was originally a time for new believers to prepare themselves for their baptisms, which were done on Easter Sunday. But it soon grew to be a time for all believers to prepare themselves for Easter by examining their hearts and lives and repenting of their sin. The English...

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Two Lessons From the Magi

The story of the Magi travelling to see baby Jesus has gripped the hearts and imaginations of believers for centuries. (See Matt. 2:1-12.) Who were these visitors from the east? What does it mean that they saw the star of the king of the Jews? What moved these adults to travel such a long distance to worship a child? And, what in the world is a "Magi"? Though scholars have...

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Advent and Christmas Reflections

The Christian season of Advent revolves around the four Sundays that lead up to Christmas Day. Traditionally, Advent is a season focused on preparation. We remember the way God prepared Israel for the birth and ministry of Jesus, and we think about how God wants us to prepare for Christ's return. How often do you think about the return of Jesus Christ? His second coming i...

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Holy Week

Ushered in by Palm Sundayyesterday, we are beginningwhat Christians call Holy Week, the week in which we celebrate Christ's Last Supper and final words to his disciples, his humiliation, crucifixion and death, and finally his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We are quickly approaching the Triduum Sacrum, the three days in which all eternity hangs in the balance. Maundy(or Ho...

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Review - Competent to Love Conference

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Competent to Love Conference - May 18 and 19, 2018 The Competent to Love conference was such a wonderful experience. Before the conference started earlier in the week, I thought to myself, after a long week working late how will I have the energy to go through a 3 hour conference after work on Friday and another 5 ½ hours on Saturday? What and how much content woul...

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Pastor David's Sabbatical

On January 9, I begin a sabbatical break from my active duties as pastor. I am extremely grateful to our elders for offering me this opportunity to devote time to rest, prayer, and spiritual renewal. For those interested in what I will be doing, here is some information. I intend to devote my time primarily to seeking the Lord in prayer. I'm indebted to coaching advice f...

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Diaconate Commissioning Church Luncheon Remarks

Thank you everyone, thank you Diaconal team, for being willing to step forward in faith as a community to further our calling and mission from God. Our mission statement is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to our neighbors, to welcome them into loving community, and to equip them to glorify God. I want to share some snippets from my personal history as well as t...

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Life is Short

I began tutoring Louis* at the Variety Boys and Girls Club during the spring of 2016. What a joy it has been to watch him grow and progress academically, socially and spiritually in the last 1 ½ years! He didn't know his multiplication tables in the beginning, and now he knows them almost perfectly. His writing and spelling have consistently improved. AND I had the ...

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Vacation Bible Club Recap - 2017

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We walked into Dutch Kills playground that first day not knowing if any kids and parents would join us. We left Friday evening knowing that 170 children and many parents/adults heard the Good News of the saving work of Jesus Christ! Each evening we sang songs, listened to a Biblical Character share the Gospel, helped anywhere from 40-75 kids make a craft related to the mes...

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Why I Volunteer

There is something about the prospect of volunteering that can be intimidating. It's a commitment, yes, yet also an infringement. Here I am, whoever and whatever I am, going to you, whoever and whatever you are, and deciding to share. I will share myself, and you, perhaps unaware of the connection that this transaction entails, will receive, willingly or unwillingly. Yet...

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Thy Kingdom, Thy Will

The second and third petitions of the Lord's Prayer are "Thy kingdom come" and "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." What does it mean to pray for the coming of God's Kingdom? We are essentially praying three things: that the Father would send the kingdom of glory (that Jesus would return); that he would crush the kingdom of darkness (putting an end to the lies ...

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I Was a Stranger and You Invited Me In

At the ACC after-school tutoring program a few weeks ago Pastor David casually mentioned to me that he and Sobeyda were going to be hosting a refugee family from El Salvador. My heart jumped with excitement...what an opportunity for ACC to show the love of God! I also was encouraged by their willingness to share their living space with strangers, knowing they give so much ...

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Reflections on Holy Week

Ushered in by Palm Sunday this past Sunday, we are in the middle of what Christians call Holy Week, the week in which we celebrate Christ's Last Supper and final words to his disciples, his humiliation, crucifixion and death, and finally his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We are quickly approaching the Triduum Sacrum, the three days in which all eternity hangs in the bal...

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