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Give Back the Blessing 2017: Mongolia Global Church Movement

Posted by Susan Buenger on

The Church in Mongolia is in decline. In 1991, when Communism fell, Christianity began to permeate the country. By 2010, there were 650 churches and 60,000 believers in the country. But the church was growing faster than it was raising up leaders, in part because pastors had to leave the...

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Tags: gbtb

The Song of Forgiveness: A Palm Sunday Concert

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

"Return of the Prodigal Son," Karl Kwekel, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. Imagine Rembrandt, Henri Nouwen, John Rutter, Tim Keller, Johann Sebastian Bach, Kenneth Bailey, Steve Prince, Morten Lauridsen, Fernando Ortega and a whole host of others gathering in the Sanctuary to...

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Tags: art, concert, music, prodigal, worship

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

The high schools in our city have experienced a devastating wave of suicides this school year and last. In response, First Pres will host a Youth Mental Health First Aid course to help our community learn to recognize and help youth who may be struggling. The course will be held in the...

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Tags: mental health, suicide, workshop, youth, mhfa

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 7

Posted by Matt Fox on

"Embrace," Julie Quinn, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. What do you think of when you think of the Parable of the Prodigal Son? The answer to that question likely varies from person-to-person, and the same is true of the artists who collaborated for our Lenten art exhibition...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

Worship Materials for 4-2-17

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Join us for worship on Sunday, April 2, 2017 as we continue our series, Prodigal: The God of Unrestrained Grace. This week's message is titled "Invited to Grace," and is based on Luke 15:31-32. Preachers:8:30 a.m. Sanctuary: Dan Jessup9 a.m. Worship Center: Dan Jessup10 a.m. Sanctuary: Dan...

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Tags: bulletin, prodigal, worship

Give Back the Blessing 2017: Springs Rescue Mission

Posted by Yemi Mobolade on

This year our Give Back the Blessing Offering (Palm Sunday Special Offering) will go in part to support Springs Rescue Mission in the next phase of its expansion. We have chosen this local partner as a GBTB recipient for the second year in a row because it is a key organization in the fight to...

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Tags: gbtb

Invited to Grace

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

What a great day to be together in worship yesterday! Thank you to so many of you who stepped into all kinds of volunteer roles to make our Worship Center experience an A+. Thank you to all of you as you boldly navigated our new worship schedule with openness and flexibility! What a joy to be a...

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Tags: palm sunday, prodigal, spring break, worship

What is the Give Back the Blessing Offering?

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are richly blessed. In response to God's promise to provide for all of our needs, one of our acts of worship is to give back, out of the provision He has made for us.  Blessing Our City and Our World Each Palm Sunday, we remember and honor God's blessings...

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Tags: palm sunday, special offerings, stewardship, gbtb, gbtb 2018

Register this Week to Get Early Bird Camp Discounts

Posted by Danny Shaw on

Because it could be the best week of your child's summer... Because so many followers of Jesus mark major spiritual milestones at a summer camp in their childhood... Because it's always great to save $25... Register by Thursday, March 30, for either Children's Ministries Camp...

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Tags: camp, children, early bird pricing

Worship Center Opening Photos

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Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Praise the Lord Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, Praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the...

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