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Gold From God's Word
Holy Name Of Mary Lenten Schedule
Chuck Link Ordained New Montrose Pastor
Daniel Decker In Bridgewater Concert
Holy Name Of Mary Lenten Evensong


Are you paying the high cost of Butter? I don't mean the kind you serve on your table, but the kind we get talking to church members who say:

" Yes, I'm a Christian, but, er...", "I know that I should attend Bible study but, er...", " I know I should be faithful to the services and special meetings but, er...", "I know I should support Missions but, er...", "I know I should be active in some sort of ministry but, er...", " I know God isn't pleased with my half hearted worldly attitude but, er...", "I know I should be setting the example as a Christian but, er...", " Sure I love the Lord but, er...", "I want to go to heaven when I die but, er..."

One day a famous preacher named Henery Ward Beecher went to purchase a horse. The owner declared, " This horse is perfectly sound. He can go at any gait, walk, pace, trot or gallop. He will work any place you put him and he will stand without hitching. He is gentle but full of spirit, goes where you want him to go and stops when you want him to stop."

Beecher looked the horse up and down with great admiration and then said blissfully, "Ah, if only that horse were a member of my church!"

Yes indeed, many people are drifting away from their denominational roots and changing churches or dropping off all together. This is sad, but some of them I can't blame! They were sick of the "traditions", of the mysticism, of the church politics, of the board run, committee run, "cliquish" nonsense that goes on in many churches.

Many are distraught at the fact they've gone to the same church for years and still have no assurance of their eternal destination, and nobody seems to be able to fully answer their questions satisfactorily.

Thank God I'm a member of a church that preaches just the Bible! With all that God directs us to do and be in His Word, why in the world would somebody add a bunch of church traditions and practices in their lives? Keep it simple! Beware of those groups that need some other book of authority to go along with the Bible! Be somewhere where you will get answers and direction from the Word.

I don't know about you , but when I get to heaven I want to hear, " Well done, thou good and faithful servant," not, " I would've let you in but, er..."

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Holy Name Of Mary Lenten Schedule

Lenten schedule at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, begins on March 5, Ash Wednesday. Mass will be celebrated at 700 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with the distribution of ashes.

Stations of the Cross are each Friday of Lent, at 7:00 p.m. followed by Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. Until 12:00 noon.

Eucharistic Adoration is on the first Fridays of March (7) and April (4), after the 12:10 p.m. Mass until Benediction, at 8;30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Bible study – the gospel of Mark will be Monday evenings, after the 7:00 p.m. Mass.

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Chuck Link Ordained New Montrose Pastor

Chuck Link’s ordination is a major change in his life, while his installation as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose is a major change in the life of the congregation. It is not often that both events occur in one institutional act, but it did on Sunday, March 2.

Friends and family of Pastor Link and the church gathered at 4:00 p.m., where Montrose Elder Amos Hollister and Rev. Robert Link, Chuck’s father, were participants along with Moderator Elder Alice Kocher, Elder Don Kocher, Rev. H. Chase Page, and Rev. James Thyren, who composed the Commission to Ordain from the Presbytery of Lackawanna.

Other participants included Rev. M. Kerry Foster, Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, Shenandoah Presbytery (Virginia); Rev. Dr. William H. Jackson, Peaks Presbytery (Virginia); and Rev. Steuart T. Link, Faison Presbyterian Church, Coastal Caroline Presbytery.

The congregation sang praises to God for His goodness and asked for His guidance as Pastor Link begins this pastorate through the ministry of Word and Sacrament.

Special music included "The Lord’s Prayer" sung by Chuck’s brother, Robert S. Link, Jr.; choir anthems, organ music by Music Director Johanna Masters, piano-organ duets by Sarah Bertsch and Mary Ann DeWitt. Jennie Van Kuren played the flute.

The congregation invites the public to hear Chuck Link preach Sunday mornings, at 11:00 a.m.

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Daniel Decker In Bridgewater Concert

Daniel Decker, a singer, pianist, and songwriter from Syracuse, NY, is currently on tour and will be presenting a concert at Bridgewater Baptist Church on Sunday, March 16, at 6:00 p.m. His music is both uplifting and worshipful and consists of a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Christian music – from new songs like "Hallelujah, Jesus Is Lord" and "Song of the Trinity" to favorite hymns like "My Jesus, I Love Thee" and "It Is Well With My Soul."

The folks at Bridgewater Baptist cordially invite the public to attend the concert, for which there is no charge. A freewill offering will be taken. The church is located on the corner of Church and Spruce in Montrose. Please call the church office, at (570) 278-2352 for directions or more information.

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Holy Name Of Mary Lenten Evensong

On Sunday evening, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. the parish family of Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, invites everyone to join for the Lenten evensong, a time to quiet ourselves down. Choir will sing evening prayer, which is drawn from sacred scripture. Father Nash serves as Pastor.

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