Pastor Frank Podolinski
December 29, 2015

It Came!

It was on Christmas Eve 1977 when the very first Star Wars came out. My sister Gloria took me to see it at the Manos Theater in Jeannette.  When we left the house the skirt around the tree was glistening from the lights on the tree shining onto the plasticville house and church and village […]

December 20, 2015

God’s Promises

God's Promises

Is it good or bad to be skeptical? Sometimes, it’s good, isn’t it?  When you receive an email from someone you don’t know and that person says that they want to help you, but they need some information.  If you just send them your Social Security number, your credit card number or your bank account […]

December 13, 2015

What did you give for Christmas?

What did you get for Christmas? That may be the most asked question during the days immediately following Christmas—“What did you get?” Children especially like to talk about what they got—“I got this and I got that.” I remember when I was in grade school at recess time we would gather around for show and […]

December 6, 2015

Make a U-turn

Make a U-turn

December is most certainly the craziest month of the year! Because we are preparing, aren’t we? Putting the ladder up against the gutter and hanging lights, we are preparing… Going to the stores, the shopping malls, ordering presents on-line, we are preparing… As houses’ interior and exteriors are transformed and become filled with smells of […]

November 29, 2015


The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas form a season of the year when most of us are pretty concerned about time. Maybe it is because there are so many things to do between now and Christmas that we are afraid that we won’t have enough time. Maybe it’s because whether it’s for parties or end […]

November 22, 2015


One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break. She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag.  She then got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her […]

November 15, 2015

Good ol’ Days

I’m not a big advocate of the ‘Good Ol’ Days’, but there are times… There are times when I long for the days when we always left our doors unlocked, rather than locked and bolted and secured with an alarm system. I long for the days when we could leave the house after breakfast, play […]

October 25, 2015

The Truth, Straight Up

I’m going to give it to you straight. This Reformation (Saturday) (Sunday) I’m not going to preach a sermon all about Martin Luther or how great the Reformation was and no history lesson.  What do I want to share with you then?  The truth… straight up, by asking you a question…  What would you do […]

October 18, 2015

What Do You Want Me to Do?

Imagine if YOU could have Jesus himself come to you and say, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would you say?  What would you ask or want him to do?”  This passage begins with a very serious scene.  Notice what Jesus tells his disciples in verses 32-34… Jesus predicts his suffering […]

October 4, 2015


The gospel reading for today is a difficult, challenging text… Could be called a ‘text of terror…’ Divorce knows too many to pass on this text as just another teaching of Jesus… Yet, the difficulties surrounding divorce in the ancient world and those today are not so compatible. It is not cut and dry like […]

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