Posts by Phil Oehler

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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 […]

Life Together: January 17, 2018

by Phil Oehler

Journeying together as a spiritual community is a commitment to nurture one another’s desire for God and to support one another in seeking a way of life that is consistent with that desire. During 2018, we are seeking to recommit to our church family by more participation in worship, study, and service. We commit to […]

…a breath of fresh air…

by Phil Oehler

Eugene Peterson notes that when we read scripture, “we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but to see our stories in God’s. God is the larger context and plot.” This year, I’m using the Narrative Lectionary, put together in 2010 by the good folks at Luther Seminary in […]

Merry Christmas!

by Phil Oehler

Merry Christmas! I hope that you are having a joy filled season and look hopefully to the celebration of Christ’s birth in just a few days. Not only am I preparing for Christmas Eve service, but also planning for 2018. Yes, getting ready for a new calendar year. After prayer and discussion with the staff, […]

Stewardship for 2018

by Phil Oehler

Author Henri J.M. Nouwen in his book “The Spirituality of Fund-Raising” proclaims that: Fund-raising from the point of view of the gospel says to people: “I will take your money and invest it in this vision only if it is good for your spiritual journey, only if it is good for your spiritual health.” In […]