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Mark Pierce
Mansfield, Ohio
Living life to the fullest, in relationship with God, family and friends.
Interests: speaking, relationships, writing, church leadership, recumbent bicycle riding
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Sunday morning I'd like to tell you the stories of the lessons we affirm from concert weekend! Continue reading
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The concert begins at 6pm and will last 2 hours. The band will play in front of the church at the point where Marion Avenue meets Park Avenue West. The concert is absolutely FREE! Bring your own lawn chairs! Continue reading
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Let's not forget why we are doing this concert. Yes we want to celebrate our coming out of Covid. Yes we want to thank God for keeping our church alive. But we also have another important passion - we want to support Reaching Out Homeless Shelter. Continue reading
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Good Friday morning Church Requel! Some weeks I sit down to write you this weekly newsletter and wonder what to write. Then there are weeks like this one - how can I possibly write everything? God has been so very... Continue reading
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"We are feeding the hungry in our neighborhood at church Saturday night!" How cool is that!? This will be our first time to use our kitchen and fellowship hall / basement in over a year... since pre-Covid! Continue reading
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A few of you have figured out that you don't have to wait until the official start to the worship service at 11am. You too can come to the party early. Continue reading
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Good Friday morning Church Requel! Do you remember shopping at Toys-R-Us? When our kiddos were tiny tots, Mary Kay and I would make our annual pilgrimage to our Toys-R-Us store. It was a big deal! It felt like walking through... Continue reading
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When I read the Beatitudes I'm reminded of the Myrtle Beach Upside Down attraction. When you walk into the room, you're standing on the ceiling and all the furniture is upside down on the floor above you. When I read the beatitudes I realize that the Kingdom of Heaven is very different - upside down - from the way we are accustomed to living. Of course I quickly realize that it's not Heaven that's upside down... it's our world! Continue reading
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This Sunday I will be reviewing with you the five ways I go about trying to make good decisions in my life. I'm not saying I've always done this perfectly, but these five questions I ask myself during major decisions have served me well. I think they could be beneficial for you too. Continue reading
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I believe your coming a worshiping enthusiastically aids those who watch online. It's one thing to see those worship leaders on the platform worshiping enthusiastically, it's another thing entirely to be able to see those in the pews worshipping just as enthusiastically. We could say in this sense that we all are worship leaders!!! Continue reading
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Could it be that Jesus was describing the new normal for humanity? Ever since our banishment from the Garden of Eden, we have been separated from the kingdom of God. But now it has come near. What did Jesus mean by this? Continue reading
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This Sunday Vanessa from England will sing her original song, "Blue Planet." How cool is that??? Continue reading
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Thank you Wendy for becoming a part of Church Requel. Thank you for the blessing of your song written so many miles away from where many of us live, yet so close to all our lives. Continue reading
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We also are hoping to "resurrect" our Sunday morning attendance. We understand that many have been keeping their distance from church and everyone else. But now that many of us have had our vaccinations, let's get back to going to church. Continue reading
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I hope many of you can attend in person. We are seeing more and more of you coming back. it was so great to see Georgianna and Sandy at Church Requel this past Sunday morning. If a nonagenarian can make it to church... do I need to finish the sentence? However, if you live far away or feel it safer to stay at home, you can watch on our Facebook Page or on our YouTube channel. Continue reading
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Where do we get the hidden wounds of life? From everywhere. You get them in society. Some of you have been wounded in society through prejudice or through injustice. You can be wounded by your family and those are probably the wounds that hurt the most. You can be wounded at school by other children. You can be wounded by a friend who betrayed you. I've discovered that everyone has a hidden wound. Continue reading
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Good Friday morning Church Requel! Wow! What a Sunday we enjoyed last week! A wonderful worship morning followed by a powerful evening of worship for two hours! How grand to see the church filled with worshippers! It's enough to give... Continue reading
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Sunday Evening - March of Prayer - 6-8PM EST. Our Praise Team will be staying at the church after our morning worship to practice and prepare for Sunday evening. We also will be sharing lunch together. Yay! We plan to sing many of our favorite songs together. We also plan to pray for the requests that come to us that evening, both from our online audiences as well as those who come in person. Continue reading
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Before we leave for the day, we’ll all sing “Unstoppable God” by Elevation Worship. This is such a great song for us! Do you realize that next month it will be an entire year since we had to do most of our worshiping together online? If you had told me a year ago that we would go an entire year when most of us could not gather together, I would have told you that our church could not survive. (Oh me of little faith!) Continue reading
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This little piece of tech gear will be just as important as the musical instruments, microphones and computers that bring our worship stream to your mobile phones, tablets or televisions. You'll notice a big improvement in the clarity of the picture Sunday morning. Not only will we enjoy a higher resolution, but we will have the ability to zoom and pan to get some of those closer up shots that will really help to bring your right into worship event as you are watching! Continue reading
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Another positive is that the worship stream is now available on YouTube as well as the normal Facebook feed. Quite a few of you have been watching on YouTube. There are several advantages to YouTube. Continue reading
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If you were physically in our worship service, you would probably raise your hands or say an “Amen” or just nod your head and smile. When you engage in worship like this, you are more tuned in to the Spirit’s leading and provide encouragement to others to worship more freely. How do we do this when we are separated physically? By sharing our encouragements via comments. By hitting that “like” or “heart” button. I loved it that some of you even commented as a reply to others that you were praying for them. Continue reading
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Those of you who use Facebook to watch our weekly worship services will still be able to tune in just like always. And that won’t change. Now - IN ADDITION - we will begin broadcasting our weekly worship services on our YouTube Channel. Continue reading
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Isn't God good? I know these are tough days for us. And yet, we have all discovered fellowship together. This week I have watched with amazement as many of you have stepped up to challenges I have known nothing about. One good friend - in faith - purchased an automobile for another young lady, who really needed transportation for a job. I watched as others worked within the church to take down the baptism pool and in the cleaning up discovered we needed a new sweeper and immediately took care of those details. I watched with fascination as one of you, who hasn't been with us for years now, contacted me and asked if we were still meeting and could he please come back. (Easy answer - that one.) I have watched as some of you, independent of your pastor, have gathered together to study God's Word online. I have often said, but I remind you again, that I feel I am ONE LUCKY PASTOR to be able to serve at Church Requel. Thanks one and all for your encouragement to my faith. Continue reading
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You may be wondering how it is possible for us to be grateful in the absence of peace, when we don’t have unity of vision for our future. You may say we just don’t have “enough” - of love, of leadership, of finances, of health. How can we be thankful for this? Continue reading