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Bloomfield Celebrates 200 Years of Ministry

“I gave my first sermon to the congregation of Bloomfield on April 7, 2013. The congregation had a potluck the night before for me and my family. I was hopeful that Bloomfield would welcome us into their tightly knit faith family. But I did feel out of place. I was not born and raised in…
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Thankful in Prison

In December there will be two family days in area prisons sponsored by Wings for Life International: Dec. 1              Southeastern Correctional Center—Lancaster, OH      12:30 – 3:30 pm Dec. 2              Noble Correctional Institution—Caldwell, OH                12:30 – 3:30 pm To educate himself, Rick Hastings, one of our pastors drove 6…
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Celebrating Jon Carlisle

This coming Sunday, Coshocton Presbyterian Church will celebrate the ministry and retirement of Rev. Jonathan Carlisle. For many, this will be a day of joy and sadness, thanksgiving and sorrow. This is particularly true for me. To me, Jon has been a dear colleague and coworker, a leader and a guide, an encourager and a…
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Readings and Prayers for Inner Peace

Many thanks to Marc van Bulck who recorded and produced this collection. Please feel free to distribute it to members of your congregations, especially those whom can not come to worship.  

Inside-Out Faith

Our common understanding of church has its roots in the ancient Jewish temple. Using this model we think that church is about coming into holiness. But God’s story does not end here. Jesus goes to people and so did the early church. Instead of asking where all of the people have gone, our churches will…
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Robin Sharp and Ben Rumbaugh on their graduation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary this weekend! Please keep Robin and Ben in your prayers as they continue to discern where and how Christ is calling them to serve next.

Who You Are

The language of being called has long resonated with people of faith. Each of us feels a deep sense of identity and purpose in our call to live the way of Christ.  What we don’t always do very well is help people to explore and discern a call, or even to fully embrace our call…
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Disciples Laugh

One of our beloved pastors regularly laughs with his congregation. Laughter is important in life. Laughter is also important as a church. Each year on the Sunday after Easter, Jon Carlisle emphasizes laughter in church on what he calls “Holy Humor Sunday”.  In 2001, when Jon started serving The Presbyterian Church in Coshocton these are…
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God in People

In my almost 25 years of ministry, I’ve spent a great deal of my time in the mission field.  By this I mean, I’ve spent a great deal of my time taking folks with me to places on the edge.  Taking comfortable folks from the east and west and north and south of the US…
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