Dear Congregational Family,

1. Graduations: Each year Ruthfred gratefully acknowledges the accomplishments of our congregation’s college graduates. If you know of any members of our congregation who are graduating in 2022 from any colleges, universities, or trade schools, please email Felicia Rieck at with each graduate’s full name, name of school, name of degree, and graduation date. We’ll list them in a bulletin in June.

2. VBS Set Decorating: Thank you to all of those who helped with VBS set decorating at South Hills Bible Chapel! Because of the wonderful response, the decorating is complete for this year, so there will be no sessions today or tomorrow after all. Save the date for this year’s “Monumental” VBS, July 25-29.

3. More Mass Shootings: Sadly, we learned this weekend about yet more mass shootings in our nation. Many feel that the solution to these tragedies is more legislation governing gun ownership. What we seldom hear, however, is discussion of a need to return to faith in God, church attendance, moral education, intact families, and reaffirmation of Judeo-Christian values. Many years ago I came across a poem by Steve Turner titled “Chance.” It seems to be even more relevant today than when it was composed.

If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear
State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.

4. The Fight to Regain Our Moral Moorings: Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and values. Consider the following quotes from some of our founding fathers and other politicians from not so long ago:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington

“The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this – it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity.” – John Adams

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Now I realize it’s fashionable in some circles to believe no one in government should encourage others to read the Bible. We’re told we’ll violate the constitutional separation of Church and State established by the founding fathers in the first amendment. The first amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values. It was written to protect those values from government tyranny. The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril.” – Ronald Reagan

As our national culture continues to denigrate and jettison Judeo-Christian beliefs and values, many wonder how much longer it might be before we experience God’s judgment. Today is election day here in PA. Remember to vote as one way to fight for a return to our Christian moral moorings.

5. Contemporary Liturgical Worship Service: Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

6. Sunday Sermon (Confirmation Sunday): Title: “Faith Confirmed Faithfully Serves”
Text: Acts 16:9-15

Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God,

Tom Glasser for Pastor Carlson*