Posts by Barbara Hutchinson

Posts by Barbara Hutchinson

Early Church Writings: Philemon

This past week we gathered by Zoom and had a fabulous conversation around a very short book in the New Testament: Paul’s Letter to Philemon. Perhaps because of it’s brevity, it encouraged us plenty of time to discuss some of the major themes, and to wonder together, why this book was first placed in the canon (books of the bible) and what would have been missing if it hadn’t. We found the book filled with the theme of hospitality and…

SPO Collection

Thank you so much. Your generosity is so very appreciated. We asked for your support for SPO and our Food Pantry and you have responded. We are able to continue our regular monthly donation of money to purchase fresh eggs for our local food pantry — and send additional money, thanks to you! Each month we commit to sending $75.00 to Shippensburg Produce Outreach because we believe this food pantry provides an essential service to our neighborhood. We thank you…

Early Church Writings

This past Wednesday, we gathered together, first to catch up, which was so delightful — and then to delve into Paul’s first Letter to the Corinithians. We began, however, learning how to read scriptures so they aren’t merely a nice story on the pages of the Bible, but how we can learn more about the context of the letter, make connections with other the books in the Bible, begin to notice how Christian thought was beginning to develop, take a…

Prayer Shawl Blessing

We are blessed that we have a number of parishioners who can knit and pray, who can create something warm and comforting that can wrap around someone in need, and can offer it knowing that it has been filled with loving prayers during the creation of the beautiful prayer shawl. We all know the gift of receiving a hand-made item, for we know it has taken that person thought, intention, care, and a lot of time to create this special…

Zoom Coffee Hour

Oh, my! It was so much fun to be together by Zoom, to see each other’s faces, to engage in conversation, to laugh together, to share our struggles, and to be the Body of Christ in a brand-new way. Thank you to all who joined us — and perhaps next time, more of you will be able to come along for the companionship and joy. We will offer this opportunity once a month, or as often as you’d like. I…