We are back! On Tuesday, February 21 we will hold a Pastor’s fellowship at the Cedar Hill Baptist Church of Dillsburg. We will have some breakfast refreshments and coffee available at 9:30 AM. We will have a message from God’s Word at 10:00 AM (speaker yet to be determined). At 11:00 AM I would like to have an open forum for discussion. Topics to include but not limited to:
What changes have you dealt with since March 2020?
What do you see as an important part of this fellowship?
What challenges are you facing in the ministry today?
I would like to conclude the 11:00 hour with a prayer time. You are then invited to join us for a light luncheon at the church to follow.
This fellowship is open to anyone in the ministry including your church leaders. Feel free to bring along your deacons or other men in your church that would benefit from this time of fellowship.
Cedar Hill Baptist Church 154 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019.
We wish to inform all of you that after a careful search and much prayer from many people, the congregation of Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church of Enola, Pa, voted to offer the position of senior pastor to Timothy Brubaker. He has graciously accepted and will assume that position effective February 2023. I feel confident this choice will benefit in the continual spiritual and numerical growth of the church. Pastor Tom Graham
Yesterday, Tuesday, August 23, 2022, I and some of our staff from Cedar Hill Baptist Church attended the ‘Prevention of Targeted Violence for Houses of Worship’ hosted by Representative Scott Perry in Harrisburg.
This training was led by the United States Secret Service Threat Assessment division. It was attended by about 400 people. I thought I would pass along my thoughts.
About 30 minutes into the training I felt I was wasting my time and by the end of the morning training I was concerned. The emphasis was on identifying potential threats within our congregations and within our communities. Here are my concerns:
Every example that the instructor used was an outside attacker – never one from within the congregations membership or attendees.
The emphasis was really on alerting local law enforcement to suspicious persons. I think they just wanted to have clergy turn in church members who had radical opinions.
Whether or not anyone of us in that room are qualified to make these assessments was pushed aside.
I believe that it is vital that we take caution in securing our facility and our congregations – but that was not discussed in this meeting.
This training seemed to leave the door open to potential over-stepping. Things deemed normal 50 years ago are today radical and such will be the case years from now as well.
Never – not one time – was the idea of Clergy confidentiality ever mentioned.
Just some of my thoughts. I did not see anyone else from our fellowship there – so I thought I would pass my review along. Let’s say I “took one for the team”.
We have plans for HAPF moving forward. I apologize for the lack of scheduling on my part. The busyness of my life lately has been difficult to manage. Between the church, TAP and personal obligations, I have not been able to kick-start HAPF since Covid. Pastor Perry Kile from Bible Baptist Church in New Bloomfield has shown an interest in helping with HAPF and will be sending out a survey and letter soon.
As soon as we can get some staff at Cedar Hill, finish relocating TAP and I finish building my house – I expect things to return to a manageable level. In the meantime, Pastor Kile will make sure we keep things scheduled and moving with meetings. Thank you to Pastor Kile.