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August 20, 2016 There is a story that comes to us from Theophan the Monk, from the book “Tales of the Magic Monastery. more »»

This is a season of pilgrimages

July 9, 2016 I am not the same as I was last year this time. more »»

What a blessing! The Christmas Spirit

January 9, 2016 By The Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking Parish House director As I write these words I am enjoying my own personal observance of the second day of Christmas. more »»

Immanuel, God is with us always

December 26, 2015 Christmas and New Year greetings from our house to your house, in the name of Jehovah God the Father, his only begotten son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and soon coming King. more »»

We need Emmanuel during the holiday season

December 26, 2015 There was a time in my life when I thought that I understood Advent, but I didn’t. more »»

Enjoying a long, slow autumn morning

October 31, 2015 As usual it is Saturday morning as I write this column. This morning I took a little longer getting up, and for the first time in several weeks I did not get up in the dark. more »»

Youth 2015 was a hopeful experience

August 15, 2015 Youth 2015 was an experience! It gave me hope for the church. Oftentimes, us older ones wonder what will happen to the church when we die off. more »»

Summer wildflowers are breathtaking

August 1, 2015 Driving my son Andrew to band camp at the high school this morning, I noticed the explosion of color from our West Virginia wildflowers. more »»

The sacredness of a pot of coffee

July 18, 2015 Yesterday afternoon, Friday, I stood in a store and carefully chose a large bag of Mountain Roaster coffee to take to my dear friend, Janice. more »»

We must learn to embrace darkness

March 14, 2015 This morning is so bright in contrast to the darkness of the winter storm this past week. more »»

A refiner’s fire, a fuller’s soap

December 6, 2014 Dear Hearts, a Merry Christmas and Glorious New Year 2015. more »»

Halloween Overview, Biblical Perspective

November 8, 2014 Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and unto Him be glory in the Church. more »»

A day known only unto the Lord

October 4, 2014 We rejoice in the Lord with my niece Mandy, and her husband Jarred, who announce the birth of their first child, Sadie Marie, born Friday, Sept. 26. more »»

A day known only unto the Lord

October 4, 2014 We rejoice in the Lord with my niece Mandy, and her husband Jarred, who announce the birth of their first child, Sadie Marie, born Friday, Sept. 26. more »»

CROP Walk Recruiters Rally slated

September 5, 2014 The CROP Walk Recruiters Rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Parish. This meeting is to get materials distributed for a successful CROP Walk. Everyone is invited. more »»

Prevailing prayer, a more sure word of prophecy

August 16, 2014 Jesus Christ, Almighty Jehovah God’s “only” begotten Son, throughout the gospels instructs us to pray. God’s Holy Word declares: We ask, we receive, we seek, and we find. more »»

The Standard, The Ensign of the Father’s House

June 27, 2014 With our myriad of June celebrations and July 4th, we think of West Virginia Day, U.S. Flag Day, and Father’s Day. more »»

Parish House celebrates birthday

June 21, 2014 Last Sunday, the church celebrated its birthday with Pentecost. As a pastor, Pentecost is one of my favorite holy days of the church yea. more »»

There’s a highway to heaven for the pure in heart

June 7, 2014 “There’s a highway to Heaven, none can walk up there, but the pure in heart, There’s a highway to heaven, walking up the King’s highway”; (unknown). more »»

Fallow no more: Time for our gardens to grow

May 31, 2014 By Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking Parish House Director I have been thinking about gardens a lot lately. Over Memorial Day weekend, I usually try to plant our garden. more »»

Woman behold thy Son, John thy Mother

May 24, 2014 I write this article in memory of my Christian grandmothers, Martha Magdalene Eury 1884-1970; Sarah J. Baysinger Pyles 1892-1994; and my mom, Frances Claire Eury Pyle 1930-200. more »»



HIGHLANDS APICULTURAL: Highlands Apicultural Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Randolph County Agricultural Extension Office in Elkins. The meeting will feature a discussion on battling varroa mites, the number one enemy to bee survival. more »

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