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Pastor Doug’s Blog

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“A place to belong” is our theme for the Fall. When my children are feeling down, it is often because they have struggles fitting in or feeling like they can never be good enough. It isn’t just children that deal with these emotions. Everyone has a longing to be part of something, to belong. Society bombards us with images and ideas of what we should look like, how we should think and feel, and what toys we need for success. It’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses! And just when we think we have it figured out, we realize […]

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October Proclaimer

View or download the October Proclaimer here Pastor’s Paragraph I have noticed that there are many places in the Bible where God has his people wait for His answers. Noah gets all the animals and his family in the ark. They are all sealed up in there and yet it does not rain for 7 days. Those 7 days had to be torture. “Have I misheard God?” Abraham was told that he would have a son and more descendants than there are stars in the sky. Abraham thinks he needs to help God out so he takes his wife’s attendant […]

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September Proclaimer

View or download the September Proclaimer here Pastor’s Paragraph It is exciting to feel like you belong. That feeling of arrival – like sitting down to a homemade meal with your closest friends – brings a sense of inclusion like nothing else can. Everyone, no matter where they are in life, needs to know they belong. Something inside of us longs to be pursued, to be valued. This is what we here a Pennway hope all of you feel when we gather. You do belong here. The word “church” means different things to different people. For some, it awakens warm […]

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August Proclaimer

View or download the August Proclaimer Here Pastor’s Paragraph When God asked Abraham to give up his only son, to place on the altar the one son that he had through which God had promised would come a nation too large to count, Abraham willingly obeyed God. When he was going up on the mountain to make the sacrifice and Isaac asked him, “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” Abraham simply said that God will provide. As we face any change in our lives or in our church, there is a feeling of sacrifice, letting go of something. But […]

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July Proclaimer

View or download the July Proclaimer here Pastor’s Paragraph When I traveled to Jackson, Mississippi last weekend to help my dad see his brother, we took time to drive through the neighborhood where we grew up. It has been 46 years since we lived there so we expected some changes. But we were shocked to turn onto our street and it looked like a war zone. The houses were not just in disrepair, but some of them were boarded up. Bushes and trees were overgrown, junk was all over the yards, and the atmosphere was almost dangerous. As I thought […]

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June Proclaimer

View or download the June Proclaimer here   Pastor’s Paragraph My friend and I have had an ongoing discussion about the order and relationship between repentance and forgiveness. He argues that forgiveness of another person is pointless unless that person repents and desires to be forgiven. My point is that it is his obligation to first, not only offer forgiveness, but to, in fact, forgive. I’ve found that many Christians struggle with forgiveness. I believe many of us, at our core, find it difficult to comprehend the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice “while we were yet sinners” (Romans 5:8), and are […]

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May Proclaimer

View the May Proclaimer Here Pastor’s Paragraph “April showers bring May flowers,” is the old saying. In our church we can say, “April showers of God’s blessings are bringing us much spiritual growth as a church.” God has blessed us in April with a wonderful Easter Family Fun Festival that opened the door for many more people to have contact with us here at Pennway. We saw many people come out to our Easter Service, and many of them staying involved in the church in some way. We have welcomed many new families into our church family. We have seen […]

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Lent Symbols Week 6

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LENT: VISUAL SYMBOLS OF WORSHIP During the 40 days of Lent, Christians around the globe remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ – in setting aside His eternal nature to become human; and in His willing submission of His will in deference to His Father’s will, becoming “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8, ESV). It is a time of repentance, reflection, and personal sacrifice, many believers committing to give up some activity or indulgence during Lent to more fully identify with Jesus’ sacrifices. Pennway’s Worship Design Team has been working hard to design signs […]

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Celebrate Maundy Thursday on Your Own

Want to be able to celebrate Maundy Thursday but aren’t able to make it to the Maundy Thursday Service on April 13th? Check out these instructions on how to hold a Maundy Thursday service at home with your family.  You can print these instructions by downloading the PDF here. Maundy Thursday Instructions The Opening Welcome to the table On this night we remember and celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the context of the Passover, when the people of Israel observed their liberation from Egypt. Hear this instruction that God gave to the people of Israel: […]

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Lent Visual Symbols Week 5

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LENT: VISUAL SYMBOLS OF WORSHIP During the 40 days of Lent, Christians around the globe remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ – in setting aside His eternal nature to become human; and in His willing submission of His will in deference to His Father’s will, becoming “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8, ESV). It is a time of repentance, reflection, and personal sacrifice, many believers committing to give up some activity or indulgence during Lent to more fully identify with Jesus’ sacrifices. Pennway’s Worship Design Team has been working hard to design signs […]

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