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Our Pastor

Rev. John Loring

Reflections from Pastor Loring on his life and ministry:

John majored in biology at Eastern University, reflecting his life-long appreciation of nature, and taught high school for two years in Erie, PA following graduation. But God kept calling and he enrolled in Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, PA, to reconcile his faith with his scientific background. During his junior year, he met Kim and they were married the following year. After graduating in 1983, he became associate pastor of West Shore Baptist Church in Camp Hill. Their two daughters, Kelly and Heather were born there.  Kelly is a new mother. Heather has just completed her MAR degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Here are some reflections from Pastor John:

On the Church's Mission

Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into all the world to teach and make disciples of others. While the church needs to provide opportunities for discipleship, fellowship, worship and training, our mission is to the world that God loves. We are to serve as agents of God’s kingdom in reaching out to all people with the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. It is imperative that we define ourselves and show the community that we are an inviting, caring church community that loves God and serves the world.

On Community Involvement:

Wherever we have lived I have tried to find ways to become involved with the greater community.  In Camp Hill, that led me to the Yoke Fellowship meetings that were held with inmates at the Camp Hill state prison.  In Willow Grove, I was involved with a crisis intervention group that worked with three local police departments, then with the Community Policing Department in Abington.  In Point Pleasant, I became the official photographer for the local volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. Currently I am a volunteer at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove. 

All of these experiences have exposed me to different people and different experiences of life.  I believe that they have helped me to be more understanding and less dogmatic.

Loring FamilyOn Worship

Worship as takes place as we open our hearts to God through praise, confession, thanksgiving and service.  It depends less upon the details of the worship service than it does upon the preparation of the heart.

On Christian Education

There is great value in Christian Education not only from the standpoint of knowing and understanding the teachings of Jesus and the will of God, but also from the perspective of knowing the other believers of our church so we can support one another, and bear one another's burdens.

On Pastoral Care

While it is the responsibility of the pastor to provide care and spiritual support during times of crisis, this should not prevent others from taking part in this important ministry.

Ministerial Experience

Formal Education

 

Sermons

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May 29, 2016

"What Are You Hungry For?" Matthew 5:5

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May 22, 2016

"Sometimes It Is Good to Cry" Matthew 5:4-5

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May 15, 2016

"Beattitude #1 The Silent Killer" Matthew 5:3

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May 08, 2016

"Honoring Your Mother" Proverbs 23:22-25

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April 24, 2016

"The Rock from which You Were Hewn" Isaiah 51:1, 4-6

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April 17, 2016

"The Spirit Is Our Compass" 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

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April 10, 2016

"Preserving the Union" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

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April 03, 2016

"Keep Your Distance" 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

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March 20, 2016

"Lessons from the Dark Side" John 12:35-36a

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March 06, 2016

"Looks Can Be Deceiving" Matthew 23:1-12

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February 21, 2016

"The Wicked Tenents" Matthew 21:33-34

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February 14, 2016

"God Is Not Fair!" Matthew 20:1-16

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February 07, 2016

"The Great Flood" Genesis 5-9

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January 31, 2016

"Fighting the Caveman" Genesis 4:1-16

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January 17, 2016

"What Are the Lessons?" Genesis 3

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January 10, 2016

"Three Little Lessons" Genesis 2

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January 03, 2016

"In the Beginning" Genesis 1:1-5

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December 27, 2015

"Sliding Into Home" 1 Kings 2:1-4

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December 13, 2015

"Zechariah and Elizabeth" Luke 1:5-23

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December 06, 2015

"Are You Prepared?" Malachi 3:1-5, Luke 3:2-6

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May 17, 2015

"Sing Joyfully!" Psalm 98

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May 03, 2015

"God Is Love" I John 4:7-10

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April 26, 2015

"Finding The Joy" I John 3:14-24

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April 19, 2015

"Don't Sin" I John 3:1-10

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April 12, 2015

"Walk the Talk" I John 1, I John 2:1-2

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March 29, 2015

"Palm Sunday Preview" Isaiah 50:4-9

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March 22, 2015

"Open Heart Surgery" Psalm 51: 1-17

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March 15, 2015

"Gaze Upon Your Sin" Numbers 21:4-9

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March 08, 2015

"Making Sense of It All" I Corinthians 1:18-25

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March 01, 2015

"Thinking About Repentance" Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

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February 08, 2015

"A Whale of a Tale" Jonah 3:1-5, 10

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February 01, 2015

"A Prophetic Word" Deuteronomy 18:15-20

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January 25, 2015

"The God That Whispers" I Samuel 3:1-10

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January 04, 2015

"Resolutions for the New Year" Acts 2:42-47

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January 27, 2013

The Creation Is Groaning - Romans 8:18-23

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January 20, 2013

Intimacy With God - Romans 8:15-17

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January 13, 2013

A New Life in Christ - Romans 8:5-14

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May 15, 2011

The Good Shepherd

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May 01, 2011

300th Anniversary Sunday - Changing and Unchanging

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April 17, 2011

Who Is Your King?

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April 10, 2011

Love Your Enemies

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November 21, 2010

Giving Thanks in Difficult Times

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November 14, 2010

The Deception of Wealth

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October 24, 2010

Two Prayers at the Temple

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October 10, 2010

Finding the Joy

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October 03, 2010

Great is Thy Faithfulness

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