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July Pastor's Corner

Posted by Traci Smith on

Using the Psalms for Personal Devotion Think of someone whose faith you admire. Maybe it’s a relative or saint of the church. What do you imagine that person doing to nurture or develop their faith? Perhaps its prayer, or meditation, or a regular study of scripture. All of these spiritual...

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June Pastor's Corner

Posted by Traci Smith on

PASTOR'S CORNER Dear EPC Members and Friends - Many churches slow down during the summer as people go on vacation and change their schedules. Don’t be fooled! EPC has a lot going on this summer, and if you’re in town, I hope you’ll be here! Here are some things I hope...

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Pastor's Corner

Posted by Traci Smith on

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says "For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."  On Easter morning, this was part of the message I...

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Intergenerational Ministry Updates

Posted by Traci Smith on

Intergenerational Ministry Updates “Intergenerational Ministry” is a buzzword in many of my professional circles. Though it sounds like jargon, it simply means “ministry for all ages.”  Many churches are finding that separating church attendees by age all the time...

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Looking Forward a Meaningful Lenten Practice This Year

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Look Toward a Meaningful Lenten Practice This Year “I imagine Lent for you and for me as a great departure from the greedy, anxious antineighborliness of our economy, a great departure from our exclusionary politics that fears the other, a great departure from self-indulgent consumerism...

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Pastor Traci's Annual Report 2018

Posted by Traci Smith on

Annual Report: Rev. Traci Smith, 2018 There are plenty of times in my life when I’m asked to spell the word Presbyterian -- when I’m registering my children at the pediatrician and need to put down my place of employment, or when I’m giving directions. P-R-E-S-B-Y-T-E-R-I-A-N...

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January 2019

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January 2019 Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Grace at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa Last week, as we were in the thick of things for Christmas Eve service, I stopped to look through a bulletin...

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The Weary World

Posted by Emily Culella on

The Weary World - Preached by Emily Culella, December 9, 2018, Elmhurst Presbyterian Church  For the audio version, click here Advent comes from the words “ad” meaning to, and “venire” which means come. It’s the wait for something better. It’s the hope...

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When everything is important, nothing is

Posted by Traci Smith on

This morning I came across a helpful reminder: When everything is important, nothing is. As I told the Session at our last meeting, I’m the type of person who can get excited about a lot of different things. “If a train is going by," a friend once told me "you want to get...

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