the preparation for confirmation

begins with baptism

Easter Sunday, April 1st  we celebrated the confirmations of Jayden McClellan, John Norton, Melissa Norton, Michelle Norton, Braden Pagán, and Afton Serviss.  Through baptism, a baby, child, or adult becomes a member of God’s family, the Church.  We promise to help this person grow to know God’s love.  The preparation for confirmation begins on this special day!

For you Jesus came into the world; for you he died and conquered death; all this he did for you, little one, though you know nothing of it as yet.   In baptism, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen.

And these are the vows we make each time we baptize a child:

Do you promise

To instruct this child

In the truth of God’s word.

In the way of salvation through Jesus Christ;

to pray for them,  to teach them to pray;

and to train them in Christ's way by your example,

through worship, and in the nurture of the church?

So, let us remember that when these young people are confirmed, they are promising that this is the story they will wrestle with forever!  May it be so for each of us!

                                                          … Ellen Ratmeyer



Next to the chair in which I take my morning coffee sits my Bible, several devotional guides, and the television remote. Over the course of time, it has become apparent that whichever I reach for first can have a subtle yet profound effect on the rest of my day.  Unfortunately this insight doesn’t always lend itself to me making a positive choice.  Having always been prone to distraction, or curiosity as it was referred to in my younger days, I often find myself challenged by this current “information age.”  Scripture encourages us to “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8).  To that end, I have recently cancelled my cable television in an effort to indeed draw nearer.  Although there is still enough out there to keep me distracted, I do feel that I have created a little more space for which the Holy Spirit to roam.  Now about that Internet …………… 

                                                                        -- Ray Reuter, Elder

Harlan E. Ratmeyer, Pastor

38 Church Rd.

Selkirk, New York