#WeekendPlans: “Salt and Light” Hybrid Service w/Rev. Brugler

Please join us this weekend at the Glendale New Church for a hybrid in-person/Zoom service, Sunday, October 16, 2022. A Zoom link will be provided to church members and their guests via email. Our guest minister, Rev. Ron Brugler, will be joining us virtually from Florida. The service is entitled, “Salt and Light.” Fellowship begins at 10:30 am; service at 11:00 am.

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#SomethingWonderful #ArtistSpotlight: Joan Amato

We will be highlighting some of our exhibiting artists from our upcoming “Something Wonderful” Art Show and Sale (9/11/21) over the next few days. We hope you enjoy learning about these artists, and what has brought art into their lives, as well as the media and subject matter on which they’ve chosen to focus.

Joan Amato works mainly in acrylics and has been painting for 50 years, more proficiently since retirement.  She is self-taught and enjoys color and experimenting with it.  She has taught seniors most recently at Warren County Senior Center (741), and finds that most people are unaware of the talents they possess.

#PsalmOfTheDay: Psalm 55

Please leave your reflections in the comment section:

Psalm 55, New Living Translation

1Listen to my prayer, O God.

    Do not ignore my cry for help!

Please listen and answer me,

    for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.

My enemies shout at me,

    making loud and wicked threats.

They bring trouble on me

    and angrily hunt me down.

My heart pounds in my chest.

    The terror of death assaults me.

Fear and trembling overwhelm me,

    and I can’t stop shaking.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove;

    then I would fly away and rest!

I would fly far away

    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude

How quickly I would escape—

    far from this wild storm of hatred.

Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans,

    for I see violence and conflict in the city.


Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders,

    but the real danger is wickedness within the city.


Everything is falling apart;

    threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.


It is not an enemy who taunts me—

    I could bear that.

It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—

    I could have hidden from them.


Instead, it is you—my equal,

    my companion and close friend.


What good fellowship we once enjoyed

    as we walked together to the house of God.


Let death stalk my enemies;

    let the grave[b] swallow them alive,

    for evil makes its home within them.


But I will call on God,

    and the Lord will rescue me.


Morning, noon, and night

    I cry out in my distress,

    and the Lord hears my voice.


He ransoms me and keeps me safe

    from the battle waged against me,

    though many still oppose me.


God, who has ruled forever,

    will hear me and humble them. Interlude

For my enemies refuse to change their ways;

    they do not fear God.


As for my companion, he betrayed his friends;

    he broke his promises.


His words are as smooth as butter,

    but in his heart is war.

His words are as soothing as lotion,

    but underneath are daggers!


Give your burdens to the Lord,

    and he will take care of you.

    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.


But you, O God, will send the wicked

    down to the pit of destruction.

Murderers and liars will die young,

    but I am trusting you to save me.

New Plan for Sunday 3/15

Two-pronged approach being tried out.

We will have the church open Sunday for those who want to gather as usual to
worship together and support our community in-person;  Gloria Toot will lead
a multi-generational informal Sunday program, “Thirsting”, based on John
4:5-42, and in our tradition to thirst means desiring to know the truth.

This will be held in the fellowship hall where we can spread out and observe
some good-health practices (#social distancing).  As an experiment, Pete Toot is preparing a worship guide using a traditional service format which also draws on some lessons from the Gospel of John.

It explores how we can understand how God relates to us in ways that we can recognize even when they are not obvious.

This guide will be made available to all church members as a handout and


General hygiene guidelines for church service via Council of Ministers:

A few suggestions: sit 5-6 feet apart from each other, put your name on a hymnal and use the same one each week, greet others with an elbow bump or a bow and a ‘Namaste’, use only individually wrapped items for coffee hour snacks, and of course if you sneeze or cough, use your elbow and dispose of any used tissues immediately, and go wash your hands!


#SermonNotes from 3/1/20 #LentenLabyrinth

Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

“Lenten Labyrinth: Sacrifice & Service”

New Church of Montgomery, in Glendale, OH

In early Genesis, the serpent tempts Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.  Since she desired wisdom, to become like God, she ate the fruit and shared it with her husband, Adam.  Now, seeing their nakedness, they covered themselves in fig leaves.

Psalm 32 contrasts the happiness of the forgiven with the distress of the sinner.  Also how asking forgiveness, when given, the burden is lifted, how the Lord protects the faithful.  Who trust in God, almighty.

In Romans, many have died through their sins, yet through the gift of graces in Jesus Christ, many are saved and live.

In Matthew’s Gospel, we see Jesus tempted by the devil in the wilderness.

He fasted 30 days and 40 nights, resulting in great hunger.

The devil commanded proofs of his being the Son of God, but the Lord said, do not put the Lord your God to the test.

So, Satan left, and angels came to serve our Lord.

In Emanuel Swedenborg’ True Christian Religion, we are taught that the neighbor is to be loved as the highest kingdom, as the church and as the communion of saints.  Love of the kingdom is love of the neighbor. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. A And all will be given unto you.

With Ash Wednesday this past week, we have entered into the church season of Lent.

Traditionally, Lent has been a season of 30 days and 40 nights of penitence and fasting.

That means reviewing one’s sins and transgression against others and ourselves and asking of the Lord’s forgiveness.

Years ago, and sometimes even now, eating fish on Fridays has been a staple.  Giving up a favorite treat, like chocolate, has been common.

Forgoing a tendency to be critical, is a good Lenten practice, as is giving alms to the poor.

In more recent time, another Lenten practice has cropped up.

This is a practice of kindness and service.  Paying attention to the needs of others, and perhaps going beyond our customary habits, and rejoicing in being able to be generous.

This Lenten season, as the snow falls lessen, and the small tree buds of spring start to emerge, let us be more aware than ever of God’s many blessings given to us and be grateful.

The Lord i with us, bringing us from darkness into the light.  Let us raise our praise and a spirit of gladness.  Amen.

As we shared, after a time of quiet- reflection, we found our connections through stories of book lists about kindness for children, our wishes for others to have more free time, sleep and energy, and books like “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives,” that discuss the need for rest from the world through honoring  reflection and mindfulness.

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#ChurchOnSunday, 3/1/20: “Lenten Labyrinth: Sacrifice & Service”

Please join us for church this Sunday, March 1, 2020.  The theme will be “Lenten Labyrinth: Sacrifice & Service,” and it will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly.

Join us at: 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH 45246

10:30 am for Hospitality &

11:00 am for Service

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