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In 1838 Edward B. Force inherited from his father-in-law, Albert  Westervelt, a mill and a farm at Red Mills. A barn was built by Edward  Force a short distance south of the mill in 1840 and was outfitted with  seats in 1842 for religious services. 

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Pastor Scott Griffith is the son of Paul and Trudy Griffith and was raised in New City, New York.  Rev. Griffith attended Kean University where  he earned his undergraduate degree and a dual certification in music  and elementary education. 

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LETTER FROM PASTOR SCOTT

APRIL 2019


  

EASTER 2019


Dear Friends,

Easter is a glorious season and it carries such a powerful message!  We have all heard it over and over again: Christ is risen!  Christ is alive!  Because of that we can live eternally also.  For too many Christians, however, Easter and the resurrection is a future event.  It is something that has happened to Christ and will happen to us someday.  For now it is just a fond hope and a promise.  In actuality, the resurrection begins now and can be a present event for everyone.


Recently someone said to me she feels like a dead, empty shell.  That’s a tough admission for a Christian who is called to proclaim life.  I thought of a book I’m reading where there author states something that, while obvious, really struck me.  She speaks about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and says:  He is about to die, but paradoxically the place of death is also the place of life.


Our letterhead speaks to that; from death unto life.  It means, among other things, that even if you feel dead, because of grief, burnout, tired, ignored, or unheard, it’s there that God comes into the tombs of our lives and somehow raises us not to the same life, but to new life.


It’s God’s great mystery that she works that way, but it does work!  So we celebrate this season as a whole; the passion of Christ, a last supper with friends, suffering, death, and then waiting.  We wait for the mystery to operate in our lives, and based on what happened with God’s own son, we have every reason to hope we can share in the same inheritance, for we are all sisters and brothers in Christ, our risen Lord!


Have a blessed Easter!

Grace and Peace,

Scott 

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