Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Easter Season!

FOR THOSE who are able, please know that you are invited to attend church with us. We sing praises, pray, hear the Word proclaimed, and partake of the Holy Meal. We locate on Pine St. in Smethport, PA, at 9AM Sunday within the sanctuary of the Free Christian Evangelical Church. To set the tone for your visit with us, always feel welcomed to read our Pastor Tom's Bible Study for the upcoming Sunday. Click on...

If additional inquiry is necessary, contact us through the links provided. May the Lord bless and keep you!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How Long O' Lord...?

HOW LONG do you think you could toss all the parts in your automobile's engine up in the air, catching them in a basket... before you would get the powerful engine illustrated here? Would it happen right away, ...soon, ...take a while, ... or happen almost never? Would the parts eventually evolve into resemblance of an intelligent design?
Such is an example of thoughts and discussions opened recently by two persons who debated "Creation vs Evolution". Pastor Tom and Barb went to view the revealing video of such verbal jousting at our nearby Alliance church in Smethport. Read of the event. and an observational commentary by clicking on the call out below...

If you wish to engage further in discussion on this topic, please contact Pastor Tom by commenting on the article read there.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Living Saintly?

STOP IN in for some of our bible study by clicking below. We got things cooking...

And if you like what you read, know that you're welcome to join us on Sunday at 9AM, in the Free Christian Evangelical Church, on Pine Street, in Smethport, PA. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blessed Are You!

AS CHRISTIANS hearing the Word of God given in the teachings of Jesus, we find ourselves empowered for witness in the world. Read what scripture says about our being freed for mission and ministry. Click here...

Know that our church services are held at 9AM on Sunday in the Free Christian Evangelical Church, on Pine St. in Smethport, PA. Come, join us and be blessed.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baptismal Grace at Hope...

AS A congregation, during our worship for the celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord, we witnessed the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for two children of our church family. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.”
 Therefore, reading this scripture, we baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 
Gathered at the font whereby the Spirit of God forgives and empowers
  In keeping with our understanding of baptism, young Ayden Levi Blair and Philip Joseph Benjamin (PJ) were brought into the presence of God and made members of our congregation. Both children were presented as grandchildren of Phil (Crick) and Donna Benjamin, and Great Grandchildren of Shirley Rossi. The children live in Smethport with parents Samantha and Ryan.
Children made members of the family of God
  God-parent sponsors standing for Ayden were Tammy Nolte and Holli Burdick, and for PJ, we had Nicole Nolte with Cory McKiernan presented. 
Godparents are tasked with parents in raising the children in the faith..
 Our sincere gratitude is expressed to God, our Father.., that through Christ Jesus his grace is extended to we who are first found as sinful. We and our children  are made acceptable in His sight through Baptism. May the Holy Spirit allow us to rejoice and raise them in Christ Jesus, and proclaim the faith of the church.

Epiphany Bright!

CELEBRATED IN the evening of January 5th, with the setting of a winter sun shrouded in rain and ice, the warmth of Christian community at Hope was felt. Members of our congregation gathered at the home of Clip and Judy Gregory of Smethport, for our annual “Burning of the Greens”/ There we embraced the arrival of the new Epiphany season.

Gathering around food and beverage, Christian family shares!
Guests who attended the Potluck Dinner enjoyed prayer of thanksgiving, great food, wonderful conversation and the lighting of a bonfire. The fire symbolizes for us the spiritual transition from the Christmas season, toward celebration Epiphany as the season of Light.

Giving the Light of Wisdom, elders shared with our youth
  We thus together realize the call to walk with Jesus unto the Mount of Transfiguration. Our thanks goes out to the Gregory family and all who contributed time and recipes into the success of this gathering, and especially we thank God for bringing us together as His family.

We gather at the Table of Grace, so that we gather safely at table in our homes
In spite of various elements and dark times that assail us, we are reminded as Christians entering Epiphany, that we are uplifted by the Light of Christ. For indeed as family gathered, God pours out instructions through the Holy Spirit about the fruitfulness of repentance, forgiveness, and proclamation of of the Good News that is found in Jesus Christ. Let us go forth in Peace to serve the Lord!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Christmas Message...

FOR THE very special season wherein we get good news, rather than bad... hear this invitation:

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To You the gift of Blessings of this Christmas