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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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Reflections on Last Sunday

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Well, I heard a pastor say recently that life has a lot of ups and downs! From the high of the ECO National Gathering last week, I slipped into the low of wrestling a stomach bug that a few of us caught in Houston. I feel fine now. It was just bad timing that the 24-hour virus took hold of me...

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Tags: e-blast, start, worship

God Was Good to Us in 2017

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Three hundred sixty members of the First Pres congregation participated in last night's annual meeting, where we elected Elders, Deacons and Foundation Board members for one-, two- and three-year terms. We spent time thanking God for His work among us, both as a whole church and through the...

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What's Happening, Week of January 28

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the Full Calendar Sunday, January 28 We'll continue our sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Mark 1: "Keep on Message." Adult Sunday Communities meet at 8:30, 10:00 and...

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El Salvador 2018 - Forming a Team

Posted by Laura Mueller on

According to Living Water International, at least 663 million people across the globe lack access to safe drinking water. This huge need and the thirsty people affected by it make it a great place for the people of God to step in! In 2013, a group of MOPS moms decided to give up...

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Tags: el salvador, living water, ssfc

Start Stories

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins>> What's Your Start Story? In response to our current sermon series, First Pres pastors and staff share stories of when God called us to start something. Katie Fowler, Pastor of Discipleship About five-and-a-half years ago...

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Tags: bulletins, start, worship

Stay Faithful, Be Flexible

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Hello to you from Houston, Texas! Most of our pastors and many other leaders are here to attend our ECO National Gathering. Our theme this year is “Renovate,” with the key verse Nehemiah 2:18: “I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said...

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Tags: e-blast, start, worship

What's Happening, Week of January 21

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the Full Calendar Sunday, January 21 We'll continue our sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Mark 1: "Ups and Downs." Adult Sunday Communities meet at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:00...

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Tags: happenings

Life Groups: A New Opportunity for Community

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Community. We want it. We were made for it. But it can feel hard to come by. When you find it? Oh, how sweet it is! At First Pres, we believe in the goodness of community. In the goodness of following Jesus together—of pursuing growth and transformation in the company of others. And we...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Food for Thought: Chase the Lion

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's too Small One resource Pastor Tim recommends to accompany our current sermon series is Mark Batterson's book Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too...

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Tags: bulletins, start, worship, food for thought

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