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What's Happening, Week of January 14

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, January 14 Begin a new sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Mark 1: "Start Somewhere." Well celebrate the sacrament of infant baptism in our 8:30...

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Something Significant, Indeed

Posted by Laura Mueller on

Radio stations are back to their normal tunes, all the Christmas decorations are in boxes in the basement, The Christmas Story is no longer airing on repeat. But the donations and gifts given toward Something Significant for Christmas are still impacting people, agencies and countries, and they...

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Tags: something significant for christmas, ssfc, guatemala

The Start is the Hardest Part

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship—and the start of a new sermon series—on Sunday. View worship bulletins >> New beginnings can change lives. Starting something new might mean we're never the same again. If we don't start, we'll never know.  Sometimes the start is like...

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GTW Backstories: Grace and Truth—Living in a Time of Chaos

Posted by Katie Fowler on

In this guest post, GTW teacher Junior McGarrahan shares some of the inspiration behind the class she will be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Using readings from Scripture, C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, we will...

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Start Somewhere

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What will you do with 2018? It feels like a big question to me. Each year is a gift, each day an added blessing. How will I use the time God gives me? It can feel difficult finding the motivation to get going in a new year. The pressure of the opportunities before us couple with the malaise of...

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Tags: e-blast, start, worship

GTW Backstories: Nap Fit—Keeping the Sabbath as a Day of Rest

Posted by Katie Fowler on

In this guest post, GTW teacher Heather Bauman shares some of the inspiration behind the class she will be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Why don’t we do what we know we should do? In a culture which...

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What's Happening - Week of January 7

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, January 7 We'll finish the sermon series, "Brighter." Pastor Tom Pipkin will preach from John 12: "Believe in the Light."  We'll celebrate the Lord's Supper in all worship services.  We'll collect...

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ESM Donation Sunday

Posted by Laura Mueller on

This Sunday, January 7th, is our first ESM Donation Sunday of 2018. 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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Brighter Devotional Week 6: Believe in the Light

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! During the Brighter series, worship bulletins will be accompanied by this weekly devotional. View worship bulletins >> Meditation by Tom Pipkin, Pastor of Family Ministries I have always loved opening Christmas presents. When I was a small...

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Tags: advent devotionals 2017, brighter, worship

Ready or Not, It's 2018!

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

It’s a new year with new opportunities, new challenges and a new number to remember to write on our correspondence and in our checkbooks. 2018. It’s here, ready … or not. I don’t know about you, but I’m still getting used to the idea of it being twenty-anything...

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Tags: brighter, e-blast, worship

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