MOWRYSTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

3 State Route 321             

(Corner Main and High Streets)             

PO Box 2, Mowrystown, Ohio 45155             

(937) 442.5685  Office              

 

Studying the Word of God and sharing it with others              

 

 

 

 
 

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Pastor

Rev. Mark Mong, 937-661-4580

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 Clerk of Session

Tena Roler, 937-446-2460

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 Women's Circle #2

Ruth Ann Richey, President, 937-393-9359

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 Menís Breakfast Group:

Jack Richey, 937-393-9359

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 Memorial Committee:

Jill Schelling, Treasurer, 937-393-4134

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Newsletter

Deb Tissot, 937-442-2781

 


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221st GA (2014)
 

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Cincinnati Presbytery

 

Updated 11-25-14


Sunday Service at 9am  -  Sunday School at 10:15am

Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm

Thursday Bible Study at 1pm
 


Christmas Eve Service

Our annual Christmas Eve service, will be held on Wednesday, December 24 at 7pm.  We will be having Carols and Lessons as well as a candle lighting to honor Christmas.   


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

Robert Frost once wrote, Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.  Such is the daily struggle for a believer in Jesus Christ.  Every believer, each and every day stands at the crossroads where two roads diverge into the world.  For the Christian, the two roads which diverge into the yellow wood are on one hand the way of God, and the other the way of the world.  And sorry us cannot travel both. 

Choices must be made, decisions must thought out, lots must be cast, tasks must be completed; these are the substance of our everyday lives.  Each choice, each decision, each task results in us standing where the two roads diverge into the yellow wood and sorry us cannot travel both.  Each road takes us to a different place.  Each road takes us by a different route.  Each road takes us with different traveling companions.  Each road takes us on a different walking surface.  Each road takes us for different purposes.  Therefore, we cannot walk both roads, because both paths diverge.

Such is the way of God and the way of the world.  The two ways diverge.  The two ways take us to two different places; one to life, one to death.  The two ways take us by a different route; one by cross, one by stuff.  The two ways take us with different traveling companions; one with Christ, one with ourselves.  The two ways take us on different surfaces; one with hardship, one with ease.  The two ways take us for different purposes; one for others, one for self.  The two ways diverge and we as Christians cannot travel both.

We must chose every moment which path to take, the way of God or the way of the world, because we cannot walk upon both.  To leave the way of God is to take the way of the world, to leave the way of the world is to take the way of God.  Those who take the path of God are like trees planted by streams of water for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.  We must chose every moment which path to take, because we cannot tread upon them both.

Which one are we taking?  To where are we going?  By which route are we taking?  With whom do we go?  On what are we walking?  Why are we going?  If we were to consider these things and not find Christ in any of the answers, then maybe, just maybe we are one the wrong path.  The good news for you and for me, is that because of Christ we can turn around and get on the right path.  Because of Jesus Christ, anyone can make a U-turn off the wrong path and get onto the right path.  Such is the love and power of Jesus Christ.  Love to take us back and power to ensure it happens. 

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we constantly are standing at the crossroads where the two ways of life diverge into the yellow wood of the world and we cannot tread upon them both.  One might be well-worn by the feet of many others.  One might be easier and less demanding.  One might be more pleasurable.  One might be smooth and freshly paved.  But only one leads to Christ and therefore to life.  To quote Frost, I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I Ė I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

 

 

 

In Christ,
Rev. Mark


 

Daniel Frank's Prayer

Age:14

 

May the Holy Spirit fill your minds

And release you from those evil binds

That contain us and stop us from loving God

Let Christ be seen, not through a facade

But in your church and in your lives

Love the Lord that strives

To live in your hearts forevermore

And flow over you like waves on a shore

So love the Lord your God deeply

And do not turn away so sheeply

That you miss God's love

Like just another morning dove

So go now with the Father's Word

And fly in the sky with God's herd

Of loving, following Christians

Amen!