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A Message from the Pastor – Lent 2019

Wellington Defeated?

It was the year 1815, and the British, under Wellington’s leadership, were about to meet Napoleon at Waterloo. Napoleon had marched right across Europe…and anyone who had gotten in his way! He seemed almost inhuman, undefeatable. The future of England – and the entire world, for that matter – hung in the balance. And so it was that England anxiously awaited news of the outcome of the monumental battle.

Arrangements had been made to have the news flashed across the English Channel by blinker lights, using Morse Code. Throughout the day watchmen on the English coast scanned the horizon, watching and waiting, eagerly looking for some sign of the outcome. At long last the lights began to flash their anxiously awaited message:


The people hung breathlessly on every letter.


Just then a thick fog began to settle over the Channel. “Wellington defeated?” Oh, God, no! Gloom and despair spread across the nation. All was lost!

Hours later the fog lifted and the watchers, remaining on duty to await further news or instructions, saw the lights continuing to blink out their message. And as they watched, this time they got the entiremessage:


The first message had been incomplete! It was only a partial message! The exact opposite of what they had assumed was true. And so with the message of Easter. On Good Friday the message was: “C-H-R-I-S-T…D-E-F-E-A-T-E-D….” But by Easter’s sunrise, God’s full message to the world became clear:


As we celebrate Easter this year, let us remember both the price that was paid for us and the victory that is won for us. Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed and in deed!

Declaring His Victory,

Pastor Dave

Jazz is Back in East Oak Lane

The Oak Lane House and Overtone Productions Inc proudly present The Richard Budessa Brothers with vocalist Michal Beckham.  Monday, April 15, 2019  7:30pm (Doors open 7pm) in the Church Auditorium. Admission: $15 (includes light food/beverages) Please come out and join in this celebration of community on the third Monday of every month, with a new jazz ensemble each time!  Benefits The Oak Lane House. To reserve seats or for more information, call: (215) 224-4547 or e-mail: papermanjdw@aol.com

Easter Egg Hunt

2019 Easter Egg HuntThe annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sun., April 21. A Continental Breakfast will be served in the Church Social Hall starting at 9:30am. The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 10am in the back yard of The Oak Lane House next to the Church on 11th St. KIDS, BRING YOU OWN BASKETS. The event is being sponsored by the Christian Education Committee and The Oak Lane House.