The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Elder Karl Schab

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 On the second Sunday of Advent in 1941, all was quiet as my father, Ike Schab, finished his breakfast and prepared to assemble with his fellow musicians of Navy Band 13 on the deck of the USS Dobbin. On […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Rev. Chuck Reisinger

“Glory to God in the highest heavens, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 The woman in the Hijab Summer in a mission community is busy. We served the neediest of God’s children. Whoever showed up was guaranteed food, drink, fellowship and love. One of the volunteers came to […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Joan Falconer

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 Eight plus years ago when my husband Ian Falconer was in the possession of passing on, an Episcopal Priest friend visited […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Elder Brooke Wheeler

“Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,” Acts 2:46 The Lovefeast: Celebrating fellowship during Advent One of my absolute favorite Advent traditions is the Moravian Lovefeast. Although not Moravian, both the church that […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Dory Frederickson

“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:9 Once upon a time Eastminster teenagers celebrated the Christmas […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Elder Melinda Miller

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 A very special time in my life that I so vividly remember is when my father, an officer in the US Air […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Don Dawson

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1-12 For many years now I have been fascinated with the story of the Magi. They had a sense of expectation, much like we do, though the divine son they were expecting was […]

The Good News of Hope- Devotion by Elder Scott Messel and Becky Messel

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 The Messel Advent season begins the day after Thanksgiving. Becky and I have had a tradition of decorating the house and putting up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We have collected […]

The Good News of Hope – Devotion by Pastor Kristy

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41 Growing up with a December birthday in Virginia meant a lot of plans centered around Christmas and the cold weather. Lots of birthday parties cancelled due to ice storms or forgotten due to holiday […]