Posts by Phil Oehler

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From the Pastor: A Season of Angels

by Phil Oehler

This is a season of angels, Wiseman, shepherds, a census and a baby born in  manger, but it is also a season of the Lion. A time to remember that the baby Jesus will become a man and willing sacrifice himself for all humanity. CS Lewis is one of my favorite writers, he was not fond of the Christmas holiday that he […]

From the Pastor: Personally Meaningful

by Phil Oehler

On Sunday, November 4th, Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley preached for our annual stewardship commitment Sunday. During her sermon, she challenged us to give in a PERSONALLY MEANINGFUL way. Each member of the church would need to determine what that meant. Ellie gave the example of her sister taking the daily money she would spend at Starbucks and donate that to her church above her regular pledge. […]

From the Pastor: Telling our story

by Phil Oehler

In the fifth chapter of Mark, Jesus encounters a man living in a cemetery who is possessed by a legion of demons. The madman is healed by Jesus and wants to follow him on his travels. Instead of allowing the healed man to come with him, Jesus gives him a new task: Jesus said, “Go […]

Worship, Study and Service

by Phil Oehler

I have several friends who serve in the United Methodist Church and each year they offer a commissioning prayer for Christian service in a specific ministry. It reminds the members of the congregation that they are called to service and every follower of Jesus is to be about the mission of our Savior. The prayer from the UMC Book of Worship: Dear […]

Sabbath as Resistance

by Phil Oehler

From the Pastor… Over the past several months, the church staff and the Bible Study at Pitman Manor have worked through Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s book entitled, “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the CULTURE OF NOW.”  I have enjoyed wrestling with our current understanding of what Sabbath is and what Sabbath is not.  Sabbath is […]

Statement from the Session

by Phil Oehler

Statement from the Session of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury June 18, 2018 At its June 2018 meeting, the Session of the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury concurred with The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II and is strongly opposed to the Trump administration’s new policy of separating young […]

Serving Our Neighbors

by Phil Oehler

We are a community of believers that has a wonderful history of serving our neighbors – those who live locally, those who live across the United States and those who live in other countries. As the summer approaches and folks begin to take vacation with time away for family, please be aware that we still need disciples to serve on the following […]

Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom!

by Phil Oehler

I am currently reading a church mission initiative called “Cultivated Ministry: Theology, Accountability, Learning & Storytelling” that challenges churches to shift their focus from pure numbers (membership and budget) to impact in the community (bearing fruit for the kingdom of God). This model of ministry is “a reorientation to the missional goal of kingdom growth. It is noteworthy that Jesus only mentions “church” twice […]

Who we are called to be

by Phil Oehler

We are less than a month away from Easter Sunday, and about halfway through the Lenten season. This is a time of year that we are invited to reflect upon our relationship with Jesus Christ and who we are called to be. At the beginning of the calendar year, you were invited to consider how […]

Fast this Lent?

by Phil Oehler

In Matthew 6:16-18 Jesus says, “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting… But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by […]