Missing Hymns

By Peter Leibensperger
January 26, 2021

When I talk to various people in our church of late, I hear some common themes: Our choir members miss singing anthems in person every week to minister to our congregation; our volunteer soloists have missed sharing their talents in worship on a regular basis while the buildin...


Lenten Devotional

By Anne Vial
January 20, 2021

The season of Lent is around the corner, Ash Wednesday a mere four weeks away. Lent provides the opportunity to focus, contemplate, and reflect. Individually we can use the time to reorient our sense of purpose both in the church and in the world. As a community, we can do the...


Heavenly Reassurance

By Kris Bean
December 15, 2020

The Christmas Season has always been a time of immense joy for me. It has always brought a sense of peace to my life. I am trying hard to make that the same this year. There are so many things going on in December. Advent, my mom being hospitalized, Becca’s birthday, our ...


Making Beautiful Music Together - The COVID Way

By Peter Leibensperger
December 01, 2020

Over the past few weeks, our church has shown two music videos in worship that were created by our five vocal choirs.  The first music video primarily features our children and youth choirs singing “God is Here Today” by Tom Trenney.  In the last verse of...


Advent, Version 2020

By Anne Vial
November 25, 2020

When the lockdown began last spring, we were in the midst of Lent. Many commented then on the appropriateness of our COVID isolation to a season of contemplation and sacrifice. On Sunday this week, we begin the season of Advent. In most years, this time of year can take on ...


Speaking the Truth in Love - Coming in January!

By Rev. Nikki Perrine Passante
November 05, 2020

I am writing to you early in the morning on Day #3 of the presidential election. I am NOT going to talk about anything related to the election, to the current state of affairs in our country, et al.   What I want is for us to focus on the things that we can control. A...


Time Like an Ever-Rolling Stream

By Anne Vial
October 27, 2020

I have always liked the way hymn writers of bygone days describe time. The imagery depicting God’s time is expansive, making the span of both eternity and history a degree more comprehensible:      When we’ve been there    &nb...


In Praise of Spiritual Disciplines

By Rev. Nikki Perrine Passante
October 20, 2020

Just this last week I took a week of study leave – a reading week. This accomplishes a number of things. It allows me to process all the conversations I’ve had, names I’ve tried to remember, and sit down with the details of people’s lives and actually a...


Faith of Our Fathers

By Peter Leibensperger
October 13, 2020

Perhaps, one of the most regrettable parts about losing a parent when you are young is that you are robbed of those “adult” conversations—the conversations that you just aren’t capable of having at age thirteen, or eighteen, or even twenty-five. My moth...


Life Cycles

By Rev. Dr. Doug Gerdts
October 09, 2020

I just spent most of the previous two weeks attending an interim ministry training. It's the second of three parts toward certification as a Transitional Pastor and required six days of eight hours of Zoom engagement. (As a side note, I now have profound empathy for stud...


2020 - An Uncomfortable Opportunity

By Rachel Davis
September 29, 2020

2020 has been an uncomfortable year to say the least. In mid-March, the rhythm of our lives was abruptly disrupted beyond anything most of us could have imagined due to COVID-19. Not only was our congregation not able to congregate, we also said goodbye to our beloved Pastor ...


The Rest of the Story - Acceptance

By Rev. Nikki Perrine Passante
September 22, 2020

As I look around my living room it’s kind of a mess. There are political signs waiting to be assembled, cardboard boxes stacked up beside piles of toiletries, clothes, paper goods – all things to send to Oregon to my stepdaughter Isabella. Because of covid-19 a...


Connecting Structural Racism and Mass Incarceration

By Paul Urian
September 15, 2020

Editor's note: Many thanks to Paul Urian for contributing this week's blog post. Periodically over the coming weeks, guest writers will share information and expand the discussion of First Presbyterian Haddonfield's commitment to the PC(USA)'s Matthew 25 initiative to dismant...


Walking the Labyrinth

By M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Westermaier
September 08, 2020

Walking the Labyrinth The Labyrinth is not a maze but a single path. The way in is the way out.                                          ...


Read Any Good Blogs Lately?

By Anne Vial
September 01, 2020

Blogging is a popular way for organizations to shape their message and personality. For readers, they are a way to hear thoughtful voices expressing shared concerns. What are the blogs – or podcasts – that are meaningful to you? Share any you recommend by emailin...


What I've been reading since arriving in Haddonfield!

By Rev. Dr. Doug Gerdts
August 25, 2020

Other than the riveting history of the town, This is Haddonfield, from which I quoted in my first sermon, I’ve read a few other books which are representative of my interests! 1. The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock (2018) Given that I'm a child of the 1950s,...


Stephen Ministry – Is It for You?

By Rev. Nikki Perrine Passante
August 12, 2020

When I began the interview process with you all in October of last year, one of the many things that became clear to me was this church’s desire for Stephen Ministry. I will share freely to anyone who will listen: It will be my greatest joy to work with you all to bring...


Smoothing Life's Roller Coaster

By Anne Vial and Ed Hess
August 05, 2020

Ed Hess hangs out at the church a lot – not as much these days, of course, but still his work goes on. If you happen to see him, he is likely to be collecting and/or distributing coats, backpacks, food, and water to neighbors throughout Camden County. Ed wears two hats ...


My Love/Hate Relationship with a Garden

By Mark Cole
July 28, 2020

Gardening has become a major part of my life during these past eight years. I relocated to the “Garden State” from Central Pennsylvania with a vision of hopes, dreams, and high expectations. Little did I know that no matter the best laid plans…life doesn&rs...


Way Beyond My Comfort Zone

By Kris Bean
July 21, 2020

When Nikki said we would all take turns writing a blog, I smiled and nodded my head. But my palms started to sweat and I had butterflies in my stomach. I am not one for putting my thoughts into words, so forgive me in advance. By definition, a comfort zone is a psychologic...



By Rebecca Mannion
July 14, 2020

In one of my favorite books, One Thousand Gifts, the author Ann Voskamp thoughtfully deconstructs the word Eucharist to help her define the principle of gratitude. Voskamp refers to the passage where the term Eucharist is found and it reads, “He took the bread, he gave ...


Radical Kindness

By Anne Vial
July 07, 2020

Radical kindness. I have been leaning on this phrase as a sort of shield against the period of social vitriol we slog our way through these days. “Kind” is often used as a mild, watered-down version of “generous,” as a delicate action without oomph. I a...


Facing Uncertainty with Curiosity

By Rebecca Bryan
June 30, 2020

COVID is a thief. As 2019 ended, I was anxious about 2020…for how busy my calendar was going to be! I was just starting a new position at Rutgers; my consulting business, through which I offer training on how to become trauma-informed, was taking off too. I was schedule...


Harry Potter Got Me Through Quarantine

By Gabrielle Heimerling
June 23, 2020

Harry Potter got me through the first few months of quarantine. Let me explain. I am a big reader. I love adding to my “to read” lists and adding completed books to my “read” list. I love to talk about books, read book reviews, get book recomm...


Uncomfortable Prayers

By Peter Leibensperger
June 17, 2020

What is the most difficult prayer for you to pray right now? The answer to this question likely will be different for everyone, and I’ve been reflecting on it quite a bit lately. I think of Jesus’s prayer in the garden, “Yet not as I will,...


You Are Mine

By Nancy Ruth Wainwright
June 09, 2020

What do you hear in your head, especially in this time of pandemic, isolation, death, and violence? I have to limit or even shut off news and commentaries; I cannot process or handle the enormous negativity and fear-inducing reports. At all times, I am grateful for words remi...


What is the FPCH Staff Reading?

By Anne Vial
June 04, 2020

Whether we make it to the beach this summer or are still hunkered down at home, nothing beats reaching for a good book to help us reflect, to rouse our spirits, to give us a laugh, or to make us feel connected to worlds nearby and far away. With the simple instruction “T...


We reach out to you...

By Anthony Sharp
May 28, 2020

Anthony shared the following poem during worship on May 24, 2020. Thank you, Anthony, for all the gifts you share! We reach out to you, our dear heavenly friend so much of this world we cannot comprehend Viciousness verses vulnerability verses virus We pray for a reality ...


The Rest of the Story - Speak Truth in Love

By Rev. Nikki Passante
May 19, 2020

“The Rest of the Story” How do we learn to speak truth in a world that doesn’t recognize it? One of the most important facets to speaking truth is to do it in love.  Ephesians 4:15 says ‘But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in eve...


On the Cusp of a New Season

By Nadia VanderKuip
November 26, 2019

       Today we are standing on the edge of a new season. Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in the liturgical calendar, the church’s New Year’s Eve if you will. It is a relativity new addition to the church calendar, if you consider ...


When I Am Here with You I Am Home

By Judy Grantham, "Stewardship Moment," Sun., Nov. 10
November 13, 2019

In the little song “I am the church!” The children sing… The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple; the church is not a resting place; the church is a people. When I look at you I see the church, the vibrant, beloved body of Christ. ...


The Second Mountain

By Bill Getman
August 06, 2019

Dear Family of Faith Members, In his book The Second Mountain, David Brooks reflects on the nature of commitments today. He accurately observes that we have many choices - too many choices - when it comes to the ways in which we devote ourselves to work, play, personal health, s...


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