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Advent Devotional, Christmas Day: Are We Ready?

Posted by John Stevens on

Meditation by Rev. Dr. John Stevens The big day—the one we have all been looking forward to and preparing for—has finally arrived. We’ve decorated our homes, bought and wrapped the gifts, baked the cookies and secured the fixings for the family meal. All is ready for...

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A Light Has Come

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

For all of Advent, we've been waiting, and the moment ... is ... allllllmossssst ... here.  If you live in a house with small children, as I do, the anticipation is palpable and the answer to "How many days 'til Christmas?" is well rehearsed. Whether it's reindeer sounds, the arrival of...

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Worship with First Pres This Christmas

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Merry Christmas! In just a few days we’ll celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Beloved of God who calls us His Beloved. We can’t wait to worship with you this Christmas. By now you know we’re having seven services on Saturday, which is Christmas Eve...

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Advent Devotional, Christmas Eve: Beloved

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Meditation by Rev. Dr. Tim McConnell Last year, I was in San Diego for a few days and had the morning to jog along the harbor. I really didn’t know the place at all, so I was thrilled to come up on the USS Midway and an enormous statue called “Unconditional Surrender.&rdquo...

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Beloved

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What an exciting Sunday we had! If you missed it, a pipe ruptured in the ceiling and provided a beautiful water feature for most of the morning in the front of the Plaza. All has been repaired and, thank God, we will have no problem resuming full operation of the facility for Christmas Eve. Our...

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Ten Ways to Make a Difference from your Couch this Christmas

Posted by Susan Buenger on

If you're still looking for meaningful gifts to give this Christmas, think of this: you can extend hope and help to a person, family or community in need just by Christmas shopping.  Through Something Significant for Christmas, you can:  1) Give a bus pass to a refugee who has...

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Beloved Video Intro

Posted by Yemi Mobolade on

Our Advent 2016 sermon series Beloved is about focusing on the greatest love story ever told: the love of God for us, His creation. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to suffer and die on our behalf. Christmas is a celebration of the beginning of that story. Song of Songs...

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How Lovely on the Mountains

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

"How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace, and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'" - Isaiah 52:7 (NASB) The Advent candle of Joy lights our way this week. To what dark...

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Advent Devotional Week 4: All is Forgiven

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

Meditation by Rev. Jennifer Holz My first summer job was being a lifeguard. I remember passing my Water Safety Instructor course, getting my shiny whistle and climbing up on the lifeguard chair at the Village 7 pool. I was 16 and ready to save the world. Or at least keep the kids in the baby...

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Worship on 12-18-16

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Join us for worship on Sunday, December 18, 2016 as we continue our Advent series, Beloved. This week's message is titled "All Is Forgiven," and is based on Colossians 1:9-14. Preachers:8:20 a.m. Sanctuary: Tim McConnell9:45 a.m. Sanctuary: Tim McConnell9:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall: Tim...

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Tags: advent, beloved, sunday worship

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