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Forward Together: Senior Leadership Team

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

2017 saw the addition of Pastors Katie Fowler and Tom Pipkin to the First Pres Senior Leadership Team. This team is equipped to collaborate over every area of ministry at First Pres. Here, each leader shares some goals and opportunities for 2018. Please be in prayer for God’s work in every...

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Tags: annual meeting 2018, first pres magazine

What's Happening - Week of February 11

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the Full Calendar Sunday, February 11 We'll finish our sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Mark 1: "Keep Going." CanCare support ministry for those going through cancer...

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God is Glorified; Lives are Transformed

Posted by Tim McConnell on

A vision for First Pres in 2018 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” – Psalm 122:1 The purpose of the church is worship. God calls the church together by His Spirit in the name of Jesus to bring Him glory and praise. We were...

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Tags: vision 2018

Scripture to Pray as you Start

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday. View worship bulletins here >> A Prayer for the Start In response to the Start sermon series, Judy Ashton wrote the following in her journal and shared it with us. The Scriptures God impressed on her are appropriate for any start.  What...

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Tags: bulletins, start, worship

Six-Week Small Group; Decades-Long Friendships

Posted by Mary Frieg on

Once upon a time my husband and I joined a church in northern Ohio. After the membership class we were encouraged to be part of a small group for 6 weeks. Not a long commitment—just 6 weeks—sort of an experiment in small group community. So as good new members we did just that. You...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Try a Life Group Experiment

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Some years back I was in a meeting with a group of leaders in our church. We were asked to tell the story of "when First Pres became home.” The mic was wide open. One by one, leaders came forward and the stories poured out. A few themes emerged, but at the top of the list was...

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Tags: e-blast, life groups, start, worship

What's Happening - Week of February 4

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, February 4 We'll continue our sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Jennifer Holz will preach from Mark 1: "Don't Delay." During our worship services, we'll honor Rise & Shine for...

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The Difference a Life Group Makes

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Looking for a smaller community within First Pres? A new wave of Life Groups is starting soon. The guest post below was written by Bryan Frame, and gives a taste of the difference a life group can make in our whole experience of church.  Church Happens in Small Groups One of my favorite...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Start Right Away

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Don't Delay This Sunday, Pastor Jennifer Holz will preach from Mark 1 on the sense of urgency we observe in Jesus as he begins His ministry. As Christ's followers, we imitate our Lord by responding with the same energy...

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Tags: bulletins, start, worship

February ESM Donation Sunday

Posted by Laura Mueller on

This Sunday, February 4th, is our ESM Donation Sunday. As one of ESM's eight founding churches, we are thankful for the ways that we continue to partner with ESM. You can find collection carts in the Plaza and Weber Street parking lot all morning. Bring your contributions and let's...

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