A special message to PCUSA churches Print E-mail

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Greetings in the name of our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The Gospel is a life-affirming message: We are precious to God and he has paid a costly price to redeem us from death! That is why we are writing to you out of concern for our denomination’s position on abortion. In this email you will find:

Written by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D.   

Mary and the Angel GabrielOn Sunday, March 24 Roman Catholics and Protestants celebrated Palm Sunday. But on Monday, March 25 most evangelical Protestants will sit out as Roman Catholics will celebrate one of the most significant events in the New Testament: the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Why?

That is a very good question. One might expect evangelical Protestants to be among the most enthusiastic celebrants of what is known as the Annunciation. For starters, it focuses on two issues that theologically conservative Protestants have long defended against theological liberals: the historicity of the Virgin Birth, and Christ's unique divinity.

The Gifts of Dying Print E-mail

Pam and her Dad“…this fullness of experience is so necessary to our souls that perpetual springtime is not allowed.” C.S. Lewis

The seventh anniversary of my dad’s death just passed in January. He had terminal cancer and died one week after his 63rd birthday. It’s a tricky thing writing about some else’s death and the lessons learned from it. Sympathy can only take you so far down the road; holding a hand, praying, sitting through chemo day after day, monitoring medication, laughing and crying are about as close as a person can get without experiencing it. It was after all, ultimately my dad’s journey with God. But God, in His mercy, allowed me the privilege of experiencing my own journey along side my dad and I am grateful that I had eyes to see, ears to hear and hands to hold the gifts God had for me.

Caring for Someone at the End of Life Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam & Martha Leatherman   

Practical things that you can do

Fotolia 5931389 XSPresbyterians Pro-Life believes that all innocent human life should be protected from conception until natural death. Since Roe v. Wade approximately 55 million pre-born children have been killed in the United States alone. One of the consequences of this is changing attitude and acceptance of assisted suicide for those at the end of life. In Europe there is even active euthanasia of those at the end of life. I can remember in the 1970s my grandfather telling me that making abortion legal in America would start us on the road to euthanasia. His foresight was accurate. Genocide may be coming next. Collin Brewer, a councilor (city council member) of Wadebridge East in North Cornwall, England, said that "Disabled children place too great a burden on the country's nationalized health care and other services and ought to be 'put down' to save money." [1]

Pastoral Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying Print E-mail

Celebrating 93 years just days before her deathPresbyterian pastor Smith’s ninety-one-year-old widowed father was living alone in the house he and his wife occupied most of their married life when a stroke sent him to the hospital. The pastor drove hundreds of miles to be with him and meet with his own siblings and their families about care for their father upon his release. The discussions were fraught with anxieties about where their father would get proper care and needed assistance, and maintain as much of his independence as possible. It was clear that, although he was recovering well, he could no longer live alone. Family members were overwhelmed with conflicting feelings about their love for their father, their obligations to him, and resistance to the interruption that his needs imposed on their lives and schedules.

Pastor Smith found himself plunged into experiences and decisions common to a growing number of his own parishioners, but about which they seldom seek his counsel. The very real situations that parishioners face often are seen in a context having very little to do with theology and much to do with medical and social services. Nevertheless, common to every concern for those whose loved ones develop infirmities or who enter the dying process, is how best to arrange for loving provision of care: pastoral care ministry. The decisions that result can be a matter of life and death.

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