Look for this prayer each week. Almighty God, may your Holy Spirit descend upon me on this day; and, fill me with the gifts and the spiritual guidance I will need to fulfill the deeds that will glorify you and point others to you. Should anything come my way that darkens my day and leaves me feeling helpless or lost, I will trust the Spirit to connect me to you from places within where no words can be found. I believe that nothing can separate me from you...not even when life is hard and leaves me with feelings of emptiness. I will cling to the knowledge of your promise of faithfulness to me rather than the negative feelings that may be strong in times of darkness. With this prayer, I am reminded of your faithfulness and I am ready to take-on this day with inner peace and joy...both the good and the not-so-good...praising you all the while. Amen.
The Leadership Team and I met via Zoom on Monday night, May 18. The decision was made to tentatively plan on opening the sanctuary for worship for one service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 14. The Leadership Team and I put together the following guidelines that we will all need to follow when we return to worship.
Please click Read More to see the full list of guidelines.
I was so very happy and excited when I was called to serve as your permanent pastor. I still am in the clouds with joy…even though I was not expecting the beginning of my ministry with you to go like this. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about pastoring, you should expect the unexpected.
NOTE: As we go forward in our day-to-day lives, be assured the Leadership Team, Pastor Twyla, Burt, and Bev, are doing everything possible to communicate the latest information to the congregation. We are using email to get the word out about changes as quickly as possible. If you know someone who does not have email, you can help by spreading the word. Please check the church calendar at www.hagerstowncob.org for calendar updates. Stay strong and remember to give thanks as we navigate these challenging times.
The following have been canceled or postponed for at least the next two weeks:
- Sunday school and worship services
Each Sunday, a full worship service will be available on Facebook Live at 10am EDT with music, children's time, and sermon. The service will be posted on this website as soon as it is available.
- Temple and Bell choir rehearsals
- Meetings (we are hoping to have Leadership Team meeting on the 31st)
- Youth Club
- The bowling activity
- Love Feast (at the recommendation of our District Executive, Gene Hagenberger) is postponed
- Membership classes
- The youth dinner fundraiser
Click here for a PDF of Pastor Twyla's letter to the congregation, or click the "Read more" link below.
I think it was a little over two years ago, after having some blood work done, my doctor warned me in a phone call that my A1C was a bit high and I was pre-diabetic. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I didn’t like the sound of it.
This morning I received an email from someone who felt led to share something with me. I’m really glad he did because it triggered a thought about what I should write about for this month’s pastor’s pen. I’m not always sure what to write....
Happy New Year Everyone! If the past year for you has been anything like mine, there’s been high and low moments. There are good memories we will forever hold on to, and bad memories we may hope to forget. Now, with 2020 upon us, we all are looking ahead to making it a great year.
Every Christmas, I revisit "The Cross in the Manger," a poem by Ann Weems. I think it is very powerful. It puts Christmas into the proper perspective. Like everyone else, I get caught up in all of the activities and emotions of the Christmas season....
So, is everyone ready? For what, you ask? Well, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.