Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

This past Sunday was a wonderful celebration – and I am truly grateful to all who were involved!

It was a time for us to celebrate all that First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg has been over its long and storied history (over 230 years to be exact) and to look with great anticipation to the story unfolding before us.

For this coming Sunday, the lectionary has set this rather famous passage as one of the readings. It is proceeded by a litany of all the wondrous things people of faith have accomplished throughout the biblical witness. Then the writer points out that though much has come before, Christ calls us to look ahead.

As our speakers said on Sunday afternoon, there is still much work to do. It is the work of loving courageously – God, one another, and our community. And it will take all of us working together to see the future that God has in store.

Though the summer is ending, a new school year is almost upon us and brings with it a sense of joyful expectation. Because there are incredible days ahead of us. Wonders. Miracles. And always good fellowship to be had.

So come and join us as we continue to walk this path together!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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