Please read 1 Corinthians 13.
Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  (1Cor. 13:13)

     February is the month for hearts, flowers, candy, jewelry and Valentine’s Day.  The Catholic Church acknowledges Saint Valentine but the current holiday is the invention of greeting card companies for the sake of profits not prophets.  “Love” is a word in English that is over used and perhaps overburdened.  We love our spouse, children and pets.  We love baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.  We love the Yankees/Mets, Giants /Jets, Rangers/Islanders and maybe even the Nicks/Nets.

    In ancient Greek the word love was broken down into three separate words.  There was erotic love which gets close to the Valentine’s Day meaning.  There was brotherly love where the “City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia” got its name.  Finally there was the love as God loves or “agape love.”    In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the thirteenth chapter, we read about the meaning of love as God loves.  God sent his beloved son to save his people from sin.  Through Jesus the Christ we learn the meaning of “sacrificial love.”  May we be intentional about the love we choose to share at this time of the year.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. James K, Mahan


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Rev. James K. Mahan


Welcome to T.O.R.C.H. the Turn of River Church Homesite.

I arrived in February of 2008 to become the pastor of this church family. I bring 26 years of ministry experience to the mission of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the greater Stamford community.Please know that you are our special guest for there are no strangers here, just members and friends of our extended family of faith.

If you are interested in considering adoption into this church family please contact me by e-mail or in person. If you are a seeker after the Lord please know that you are always welcome here without any pressure to join. We want you to feel at home and to participate in the life of the church to the extent that you feel comfortable.

I believe that the Lord provides every person with gifts for ministry. While I serve as the pastor of Turn of River Presbyterian Church I believe that every member serves as one of our ministers. If you are interested in discerning what your gifts for ministry might be, please feel free to contact me and we can explore those possibilities together. My e-mail address is j_k_mahan@sbcglobal.net.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. James K. Mahan