Saturday, May 16, 2015

On Local Elections and More...

For a thought about Christian and Lutheran decision making for elections and more, check out Pastor Tom's video...






Please know that your input is invited and you are welcomed to worship God with us on Sunday at 9AM in the Free Christian Evangelical Church, on Pine St. in Smethport, PA.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Evil Enough?

WE FIND that Christians are caught in a decision time.... a kairos time! No,  it's not about whether to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, for Christians indeed have already placed their hopes and future in God's providence through Christ. But as a leader of the church, I give voice as a member and leader of the Body of Christ that is known as the wider church.
 As many have noted recently, the issue of Islamic extremism has garnered a large share of the news, and has now eaten up several precious golf outing days for our US leader. What are we then, in the world governed by both Church and State, to do concerning the sinful human tragedy that now unfolds before our eyes. The scriptures speak of such decision times. To consider my position on this matter, please go to...


 If the dialog you find upsets in the reading, so be it. But please know that as Lutherans following in the footsteps of Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I believe it is far past time for overt action.

To address this murderous travesty, please write, phone or e-mail...
For Pennsylvania:

393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324


248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254

For the United States:

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111

For those who wish, please feel free to use this the text of this letter...



Dear Sir;
I respectfully bring to your attention the plight of Christians, some noted as Coptic by tradition, who are caught in the geographic theater of strife caused by ISIS/ISIL and other Islamic extremists. As an American citizen and a participant within the Christian church, I recall that this nation has demonstrated a proud and worthy history of coming to the aid of those unjustly persecuted.
 Therefore, I ask that you take immediate legislative action within our elected government to rescue such victims. Provide persons persecuted, whether Christian or Muslim, with necessary military relief, arms and munitions to defend their existence.
With regards…
                                                                                      Blessings.. Pastor Tom


Friday, February 6, 2015

On Snowy Corner...

AS WE know, it has been cold and white in the valley of beautiful Smethport. Amid this beauty are signs of our Lord's works poured out warmly, for some lowly are risen from mechanic to serve the King of Creation! Click the call out below to check Pastor Tom's new book...


 May the Peace of God which surpassed all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN

Thursday, February 5, 2015

March for Life! A Day of Hope...

IN JANUARY, hundreds of busloads containing concerned people of faith went to our capitol city. They gathered in Washington DC to protest the horrid permissiveness resulting in the deaths of unborn children. Among them were persons from our own community. including Crystal Woodard. Crystal is the daughter of our Sherry and Lenny Anderson. While there, she obligingly took a few pictures of the gathering....



  Thousands upon thousands of persons gathered in the streets at the Mall of the Capitol, so to march in support of eliminating the Roe vs Wade ruling of our US Supreme Court. In speaking for those yet unborn, our hope is that one day it will be unnecessary for this needed protest.


 

  Crystal rode by bus from Kane, PA to Washington and gathered with others at the Roman Catholic basilica. Also joined there in worship were representatives from the North American Lutheran Church, which is our own denomination. We joined with many other faith expressions in objection to horrid abortion practices.

  

 Our Lord Jesus had said, "Let the little children come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven". The fresco inside the cathedral speaks of our Lord's love for all humanity from the time of their conception.


 The marchers progressed along the mall to the Capitol and prayed before the Supreme Court. This was done so that God may press upon the leadership of this nation concerning this great and sinful error.  


 We of Hope Lutheran Church in Smethport wholeheartedly support this action. We join our voices  in prayers to fight the offense of abortion. For those of you who wish, give to generously support this worthy effort. Please offer prayers to our Father in heaven, and click upon the call out below. Please give generously.


 Our thanks goes out to Crystal for this coverage! May the blessings of God be upon her and all who supported this worthy protest.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lutherans Alike?

MAYBE I should stay silent for the sake of quiet togetherness. I would... if it weren't for the loss of life... the life of a child. May what I write here cause sufficient trouble to save even one.
 As many may know, the Lutheran denomination has been in great schism over several matters. But it it seems the greatest dark cloud for me, looms over the endorsement and payments for abortion. You see, prior to the formation of Hope Lutheran Church in Smethport, PA... allied within the North American Lutheran Church, I served as pastor of  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. also of Smethport, and Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church of Port Allegany. Both of those congregations yet belong the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). I yet have fondness for many persons that remain in those gatherings and I sense them to be in great danger.
 The ELCA, you see, is the denomination that I left over differences concerning right understanding of scripture on several issues, only one of which is discussed here. I could not reconcile my ministry with their progressively decadent sliding within that denomination. I thus joined the NALC. Having been given a choice at the time of my leaving, to follow my course... both congregations I served chose to stay in the ELCA. Now, reflecting on their decision, I offer that you should read the attached article written by a sister in Christ, who was also an ELCA Lutheran, but now embraces the Catholic church.



After reading the article, I found myself marveling over the enduring murderous boldness of the ELCA, and other progressive, liberal denominations. These put deleterious wedges between the unborn and their lives. The facts revealed by the article even made me wonder about the NALC's wisdom in including the word "Lutheran" in our denominational name. In the least, those churches that have remained in the fold of the ELCA cannot be included what is termed as Christian, since they do not subscribe to that which Jesus Christ taught. Therefore they have become apostate to the true faith. Those that voice agreement with my position, yet remain party to this murderous activity by their prayerful and financial support to the ELCA or any of its congregations... are double-minded. The word for that is "hypocrite". May God have mercy upon their souls.

                                                                            Sincerely.... Pastor Tom


Monday, January 12, 2015

Epiphany Dinner!

MEMBERS OF Hope Lutheran Church of Smethport gathered at 5pm on this past Sunday evening for the annual celebration of Epiphany. During this time we lit the traditional "Burning of the Greens" bonfire. After a prayer of thanksgiving was spoken, all who attended the occasion in the home of Clip and Judy Gregory of East Smethport, PA enjoyed a potluck dinner together.




 Though the men watched the defeat of a favorite football team, a wonderful faith community time of sharing was also marked by the celebration of young Ayden's birthday. Our young member had attended a movie earlier with his grandparents, Cricky and Donna Benjamin....and was enjoying a new "Ninja Turtles" toy. We give thanks to God for his 7 years, and pray to enjoy many more.
 Indeed, we give thanks first to Almighty God, for through the grace of the Holy Spirit we were gathered as his family... and we thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality of our hosts.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

March for Life!

Join with others in Christ who march against murderous forces in our nation... see Pastor Tom for further information!