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From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick - October 2019

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Last Saturday, I went axe-throwing with a group of men from Pinewoods.  It was an interesting experience, to say the least!  I managed to hit the target about 40% of the time.  In terms of Major League Baseball, that would give me a .400 batting average, and would most assuredly...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick - August 2019


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We have some exciting news this month!  After a long, arduous search, I’m happy to announce that the elders of Pinewoods have called a new Assistant Pastor, David Balzer!   David comes to us from Grace Church for All Nations (PCA) in Stone Mountain, GA, where he’s...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick - July 2019

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Greetings from Dallas!  As I write this, I’m getting ready to return from General Assembly, our annual gathering of Teaching and Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church in America.  We had a busy agenda, but it was a great time of thinking, praying, worshipping, and enjoying the...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick - June 2019

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Ephesians 5:15–16 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  “I’m bored.  There’s nothing to do!”  Have you ever said that?  I used to say that a lot when I was...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick - May 2019

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 On Easter Sunday, as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus at Pinewoods, bombs tore through three Christian churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.  Two of the churches were Roman Catholic (St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Negombo) and one...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick April 2019

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This week, as I was thinking about Easter, I read a very interesting article over at Core Christianity called 7 Unbiased Facts About Jesus’ Death.   The facts are “unbiased” in the sense that they’re agreed upon by both conservative and liberal scholars. ...

From the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick March 2019

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At the end of February, the United Methodist Church’s 2019 General Conference met in Saint Louis to discuss proposed changes to their Book of Discipline.   Progressives / Liberals in the denomination put forward something called the “One Church Plan,” which...

from the Desk of Senior Pastor Joel Treick November 2018

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There are changes in the air!  It’s starting to cool down a little bit after a long, hot summer, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, then Advent, the Christmas Party, the Christmas Eve “Lessons and Carols” service … not to mention final exams, term papers...