Pastor’s Pen

Dr. Janet Schwengber


During the middle Ages about the time of 1300-1350 there seemed to be turmoil throughout the world. Wars were raging in many principalities of Europe, there were many outbreaks of Black Plague, there was political unrest during the Peasants Revolt, and there were...

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HOW THANKFUL WAS THANKSGIVING?             This year with the COVID virus raging among us, it was difficult to get together with family and friends. To be safe many did not do so. Does this mean that our Thanksgiving was deleted this year? After all, it is traditional...

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  Peter and the Wolf is a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. It is a symphonic fairy tale where a narrator tells a children’s story while the orchestra illustrates it. Each character of this tale is represented by a corresponding instrument...

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  An expression that we often hear these days during the pandemic is that “we are in unchartered waters.” Water is frequently used as a metaphor. Water itself is a remarkable compound, H2O, that is put together by a hydrogen bond, which in itself is unique. Water...

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The Star Thrower There is a story told by scientist, philosopher Loren Eiseley (1907-1977) that tells a story for all of us to heed: “Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he...

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The Hebrew word SHALOM is commonly understood around the world to mean peace. But our English word peace doesn't quite do this word justice. Interestingly, in Israel, where there is little in the way of peace, the word SHALOM is used as a greeting to say hello and...

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Valentine’s Day is a day reserved to remember ‘Saint Valentine’ the patron Saint of Love. Actually if it were not for Hallmark, we would most likely have lost the story of this “Saint”. Who was he anyhow? The following is a “nice and heartfelt story” of Saint...

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December 25th is the traditional anniversary of the birth of Christ, but most scholars are unsure about the true date for Christ's birth. The decision to celebrate Christmas on December 25 was made sometime during the fourth century by church bishops in Rome. Having...

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