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Never Stop Learning

Posted by Tim McConnell on

“What are you reading?” I was at a friend’s house for dinner the other night and he asked me that question. He’s also in Christian leadership and is an avid reader. I stuttered a little. I’m in a lot of books, dipping in and out for research and ideas, but...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

What's Happening - Week of February 25

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, February 25 We'll continue our sermon series, Really? Untruths Uncovered. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Hebrews 4: "The Bible is Bogus. Really?" Adult Sunday Communities meet at 8:30, 10:00...

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Growing Together Wednesday Hosts Black History Month Celebration

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

On Wednesday, February 21, during our GTW fellowship dinner, we celebrated Black History Month with a presentation from Christine Weems and Joyce Juarez. Here are some photos from the evening.

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Tags: gtw

Real Love: An Answer for our Hope

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday. View worship bulletins>> A Man of Love Prominent man of faith Billy Graham died yesterday. Many of us know him as a preacher and teacher who helped shape the way Christianity is seen today. He lived with utter conviction that God is real and...

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Tags: bulletins, really, worship

God is Not Silent in Tragedy

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are all still mourning and praying for the families and community in Parkland, Florida, where three adults and fourteen students were killed just six days ago. This is one of those horrific and heartbreaking events that will stay with us for a long time.  In 1999, my candidating...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

What's Happening - Week of February 18

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Friday through Sunday, February 16-18 Pray for two groups on retreats this weekend: Men's Life Retreat and Student Ministries Winter Camp.  Sunday, February 18 We'll begin a new sermon series, Really?...

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The Keys to the Car

Posted by Alison Murray on

Leadership Development at First Pres Kara Powell released her book Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church in 2016. The first of the six strategies is to “unlock Keychain Leadership.” Powell paints a picture of a parent handing the...

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With Gentleness and Respect: Two Crucial Questions

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Bulldozers Need Not Apply In my family of origin, I'm the oldest of four siblings and the only girl. If you called me a bossy big sister, you wouldn't be wrong—or at least, you'd have a handle on a piece of...

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Tags: bulletins, really, worship

Conversation Matters

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It’s amazing what a conversation can do. I’m always moved by what can happen as people talk. Simple words—listening and responding—and God can do incredible things. I wonder what conversations you remember in your life as the most meaningful. Maybe there was a...

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

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

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