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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 1/12/2018

January 12, 2018

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.    It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I…

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Weekly Reflection from Pastor Barnes – 1/5/2018

January 5, 2018

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1: 14 Don’t forget Christmas! Preparations for this special day begin months in advance: shopping, cooking, wrapping, and decorating. It’s all a worthy investment…

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Laura Clark

December 31, 2017

  Long Time Steelers Fan Attends First Ever Football Game with Second Wind Dream On Sunday, December 31 Shepherd of the Valley – Niles resident and life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Laura Clark, finally made her way to Heinz Field to witness one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries – Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh. Laura, who turned…

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Opal’s Spirit of Giving

December 27, 2017

  Opal’s Spirit Shines Bright for Nursing Community Residents   Niles, OH – It all started when Trudie McCoy of North Jackson realized that many residents in her mother’s nursing home in Coshocton, Ohio did not receive visitors regularly, let alone at Christmas time. She made it her mission to spread joy and cheer through…

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Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 12/21/2017

December 21, 2017

Been a little weary lately.  I don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about – just that time of year.  Bet you’ve heard that before: “Just that time of year.”  The season, both literally and figuratively, is full of hustle and bustle.  Hustle would be the operative word.  We hustle from one gathering to the…

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Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 12/8/2017

December 8, 2017

“A voice cries out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!’” Mark 1: 3 Bought my wife a personal alarm a couple days ago. It’s a cute little thing – pink with white buttons – but don’t let the appearance fool you. It’s a powerful little bugger. One soft…

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Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 12/1/2017

December 1, 2017

The grandkids “slipped” us their Christmas Wish Lists well ahead of schedule this year. We appreciate that. Helps us get our shopping done early. I’m always amazed at the length of these comprehensive scrolls, sometimes comprising multiple sheets of paper. However, Grandma and Grandpa do ask for them and the kids don’t hesitate to ask…

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Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 11/17/2017

November 20, 2017

“Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7: 12 His last name is “Force” – and he would be a force to be reckoned with. I start at Peerless on my eighteenth birthday. Ray Force is my foreman – and he lives up to his name. He rules the department…

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Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 11/10/2017

November 13, 2017

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;  there…

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Reflection with Pastor Barnes – 11/3/2017

November 3, 2017

  “I’m not a religious man!” It’s an initial visit –  time to get acquainted – time to ease into a new and important relationship.  The patient’s response to this chaplain’s introduction is revealing and might be a sign of things to come.  My response to the “warning shot” is important and will play a…

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