AuthorSister Dottie Almoney

Director of Education & Outreach
Sister Dottie Almoney

Our youth grow into faithful disciples through education, fellowship and service. I am also excited about the new social ministries in which we are partnering with other Manheim Township churches, such as Lydia’s Closet and Homes for Hope.

Inextricably Connected

Traditional Sermonpentecost 17 I just returned from our annual Deaconess Assembly which was held in Omaha Nebraska. Actually, it was Ashland, a 30-minute drive from Omaha- a place that made me wonder where do people work, or where do they shop?  I saw more wildlife than people – and not always in a good way…

Sister Dottie Almoney
Inextricably Connected

Weaving the four scripture passages together we find several themes about discipleship and faith. The Prophet Habakkuk tells us that God acts in God’s time, and we are not to despair if justice seems to be non-existent. Have Faith. The Apostle Paul tells us that we act in faith through the teachings of Jesus and…

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Safe Church Update

This summer we have been working on updating security on our church campus. Our exterior doors and some interior doors will now be locked during Preschool and Church Office hours. If you need to enter the building during the week between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, please use the main entrance to be “buzzed”…

At God’s Kitchen Table

How many of you remember sitting at the kids table at a holiday dinner?  I remember one such occasion when my aunt hosted Thanksgiving dinner at her home.  Her home had no dining room but an eat in kitchen. However, hosting over 20 people became a logistical nightmare when it came to seating.  She ended…

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Pentecost 12 Preview

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host;and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you…

Team Mary vs Team Martha

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 6 I want to begin by asking you all a question – Are you more like Mary or more like Martha?  If you had to pick a team, whose team would you be on?  Would you choose team Mary because you may be more of a contemplative student of Jesus – basking…

Pentecost 5 Preview

“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” -Luke 10:29 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is probably one of the most well known parables that Jesus taught. But it was probably one of the most scandalous as well. Samaritans were hated by the Jews and for Jesus to use…

Why, God?

New Day Sermon – Lent 3 Watching the news today can give us knots in our stomach; mass shootings, natural disasters that claim property and lives, war and violence. We begin to wonder where God is in all of this and could God stop it?

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Epiphany 4 Traditional Sermon

Have you ever been so angry at someone you wanted to hurl them off a cliff? Unfortunately, Jesus did! Two weeks ago, I lead our annual women’s retreat at Camp Kirchenwald – the theme was Holy Imagination.  One of the activities was taking a look at Jewish writings known as Midrash – an ancient commentary…