Spiritual Self-Care is Not Optional  First Responder professionals are in a unique position during this worldwide crisis. The demands thrust upon us due to the need for our expertise are higher now than in “normal” times – especially because we face the same dangers as our patients with coronavirus. The stresses can be debilitating. We must take every precaution to mitigate the effects of stress on us as individuals so we can function at as high
“Isolation, physical distancing, the closure of schools and workplaces are challenges that affect us, and it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness at this time” – Hans Kluge, director of the European branch of the WHO. Hans Kluge is correct. The long-term restriction of people from interacting with others or from simply taking a walk negatively affects their mental health. Add to that the fear of contracting a new & potentially deadly

Palm Sunday 2020

Posted by PastorFran on  April 5, 2020
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Palm Sunday as recorded in the Gospel of Luke 19:28-44 [ESV] vv.28-31 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie

“…the least of these…”

Posted by PastorFran on  March 18, 2020
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Pediatric Stress and the COVID-19 Pandemic by Pastor Fran Pultro, Ed.M. “…the least of these…” – Matthew 25:40 This phrase refers to those considered  least in size, least in importance, least in the estimation of men. My focus today is on children. The media – social, mainstream & fringe – are flooded with information about coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Some of the information is accurate. Some is inaccurate as this virus is new

The Goose & the Swan – 500 years later

Posted by admin on  October 31, 2017
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Halloween 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, also called the Protestant Reformation. When we think of the Reformation the name, Martin Luther, is prominent. He is credited with having started the Reformation and dividing the world. The 16th century world in which he lived was also divided about Martin Luther. One Catholic thought Martin Luther was a “demon in the appearance of a man.” Another who first questioned Luther’s theology later declared, “He