Pastor’s Message

The first time I had ever felt snow was when I was 5 years old. My family moved from Hawaii back to Reading. I was so scared when the airport doors opened, I climbed up on my mom. It was a HUGE change for me. I asked my mom, “What is this white stuff coming down from the sky?” She laughed and answered, “It’s snow.” I still didn’t understand, and it was cold. I never felt cold air before. Honestly, the change of weather was one of the first changes I had to go through in life.  I came from a very hot place, never saw snow, and never saw my breath in the air because it was cold outside.  I was in shock for a few days.

Change can be hard, scary and liberating.  Depending on what is changing it can either be good for us or not. Life throws a lot of changes our way. Once you were single, now you are married. Once you didn’t have any kids, now you are going to soccer games. Once you were very thin, now you have extra pounds. There are changes in life we can’t stop, like growing older or the seasons changing.

Whatever change we are facing in life, there is something that doesn’t change; God’s love for us. Through God’s unchanging love, God has changed us from being dead in sin to having life through Jesus Christ.  This is an awesome change! God restored our relationship to God’s self.  Through this change, God promises us to be there through every change in life we face. God promises us to see us through the good changes and the bad changes.

Snow is coming soon. A change I rather not go through, but I know God is with me.  I pray that wherever you are in life you can feel the unchanging love of God.  May you and your family have a thankful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.


Pastor Woody



Hello, my name is Rev. Rashion Santiago. I am from Reading, Pa. I am a graduate of Reading Senior High School, attended Trinity Lutheran College, and graduated from Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary. I currently reside in Allentown for the past 5 years. I enjoy laughter and seeing smiles. I really enjoy seeing God interact in people’s lives. It gives me a fuller picture of who we are and who God is. I am a proud parent of a Yorkie named Roscoe.

I am really excited to see what God has in store for the ministry of Heidelberg. It will be exciting to seek the Lord’s face together.