As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient,
bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all
Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV)
It came as an invitation. Steve Hartman, a CBS correspondent, was asking America to musically honor our service members and victims of the coronavirus. He, along with Jari Villanueva — who has a group called Taps for Veterans – was asking musicians of all ages and abilities to sound Taps in their yards, on their porches, or in their driveways at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 25.
I made it a challenge:
“Dave, I think you ought to do it on your trombone!”
(Silence, then a smile…) ”I’ll have to practice.”
My husband dusted off his trombone and went to work. By Monday, he was reasonably ready. His platform of choice was our back deck – outdoors where he was less likely to be seen yet still heard. We brought our American flag and posted it on the deck, and at 3 p. m., against the backdrop of the blue sky, the farmer’s fields, and the old church cemetery beyond, Dave played Taps. Perhaps I’m biased, but it was beautiful…
Since Monday, we’ve reflected on our own family members who have served our country. My paternal grandfather and an uncle, Filipino citizens, both joined the American army in the Philippines. During World War II, they were taken prisoners by the Japanese and never heard from again. My father also joined the American army in the Philippines. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. As a young man, Dave’s dad enlisted in the army. Dave’s oldest brother made his career as an army nurse. And our brother-in-law was an active duty officer during the Viet Nam war. They took the challenge and served, and for that we are grateful.
We’ve faced a different kind of war these last few months. For each of us, the challenges have been unique, yet together we have moved forward in our desire to serve. Re-opening the church will pose even more challenges. We will, no doubt, have differing opinions on how and what should be done, but here’s the invitation: bathe each thought, word, and action in prayer. Are you up for the challenge?
-- message by Theda Sanner
“Let’s encourage one another and all the more as we see the day approaching.”
Dear Members and Friends of the Harrisburg First Seventh-day Adventist Church,
In order to continue to assist the efforts in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our church will be closed this Sabbath. Our Church Board voted to begin reopening our church for worship when the Dauphin County status moved to the “Yellow Phase”, which takes place this Friday, May 29. Wanting to open safely, the “church reopening committee” is working through the many details to prepare the church for worship services on Sabbath, June 6. We will communicate throughout this coming week the plans to safely reopen with modifications based on the guidelines from the CDC, the State of Pennsylvania, Adventist Risk Management, and the Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
If I or our church family can be of assistance to you during this time, please do not hesitate to call: 484-553-2686.
Pastor Dave Sanner
Important information for Sabbath, May 30, 2020 - -
All on-site church gatherings are cancelled.
However, the following will be provided by phone
using a conference call line or the internet***:
Evening Vespers with the elders at 7:15 p.m. every evening (line opens at 7:00 p.m.)
“40 Days of Prayers and Devotions Reflecting on the Cross of Christ ” by Dennis Smith
Available from www.adventistbookcenter.com or Amazon.com
“Promise and Prayer” M - F at 12:15 p.m. with Pastor Sanner
Call this Number: 515-606-5444
Then enter this Access Code as directed: 549090#
***There is better quality of sound, and video is available, when you connect via the internet. Just go to https://www.freeconferencecall.com/downloads where you can download and install the app of your choice on your PC or tablet. For iPhone and Android users, you can download the freeconferencecall.com app from the iTunes store or the Google Play store. Once you install the software on your device and sign in, you will want to join our online meeting with online meeting ID “424hfsda”. You’ll have the option of joining with audio, video, or both. Feel free to contact Mike Haas if you want to test it out.
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