Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church

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Winter Camp Days will not be held this year.
We look forward to seeing campers at our Summer Camp Days.
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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you'll join us for Sunday morning worship at 10:00am and for other fellowship and activities during the week. We have recently redefined the focus of our church's ministry, and the key words are:

  • Connecting with God
  • Community with others
  • Caring for the world
Lisha’s Kill is a community in which we seek to know Jesus Christ and follow him in mission in our world. We offer a variety of opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, worship and service. As you browse our site, we hope that you will find a place you can call home!

We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.

In the grace and peace of Christ,
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Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

Pastor's Ponderings for February

Dear Friend,

It’s amazing to me how quickly the church calendar turns from Advent and Christmas to Lent. Of course, the calendar shifts each year, with Lent beginning early or late or in between. This year it is very early, with Easter falling within the month of March.

Regardless of whether it’s early or late, I’m never quite ready for Lent. I mean, Christmas and Epiphany are such light-filled seasons, with stars and candles to cheer us even in the deep mid-winter. Lent, on the other hand, is a season which calls for deep introspection, pondering upon the life, passion and death of that Savior whom we have just celebrated in the birth of a tiny baby.

But isn’t that the way life is? Speaking for myself, it isn’t usually in the bright, sunny days that I encounter the most profound truths about myself and God. Rather, it is when life becomes challenging and either I or the people around me face difficulties that I discover anew the steadfast mercies of God, undeserved yet freely given. And that is one of the gifts of Lent: God’s gracious gift of forgiveness and the assurance that we are loved—no matter what.

I’ve offered this formulation for our Lenten thoughts before, but I always find it helpful as I begin my own Lenten journey.
  • Let go. Let go of those stubborn sins, habits, or addictions that plague us, that leave us feeling stained and guilty. Confess them to God, and ask God to give us the power to leave them behind for good.
  • Enter into God’s presence through prayer and worship. Deliberately take time to pray, both in praise and thanksgiving and in asking God to be with us, helping us to deepen our love for God and others.
  • Note all the wonderful and surprising ways God’s grace reaches to us, most notably in this season through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, done out of love for us, God’s children. Thank God for God’s love and grace that is far above all we could ask or imagine.
  • Talk about our faith with others. News this good has got to be shared! Get involved in a Lenten Bible study or a prayer group that celebrates what God has done for us. Learn from each other, and support each other in our journey in Christ.
May we enter this coming Lenten season with a deep sense of God’s amazing love and grace, and may we together remember and celebrate God’s mercies.

Joyfully serving with you,
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Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

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518-346-2710 • info@lishaskillchurch.org
2131 CENTRAL AVENUE, SCHENECTADY, NY 12304

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WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE • HEARING ASSISTIVE DEVICES AVAILABLE • NURSERY CARE AVAILABLE