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First Pres Blog

Handbell Camp 2017

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

Written by Camp Director Jan Weiser Last week, the First Pres campus was overflowing with energy, with Mini-Camp, VBS, Serving Springs and Handbell Camp all happening at the same time. Down in the music department, these young musicians from elementary school through high school were filling the...

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String Camp: Music from the Heart

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

Written by Marty Kelley When String Camp opens next Monday, it will again be a beautiful illustration of what happens when God's people release their God-given creativity for His glory and the community's good. Born in the heart and mind of First Pres covenant partner Don Robinson, String Camp...

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A Day for Honor

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

I well remember my first lesson in gratitude for those who serve in our armed forces. I was an 11-year-old member of a boy choir, singing Christmas carols on the tarmac of Travis Air Force Base as wounded soldiers were being carried off a medevac plane on stretchers. That experience shaped my...

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Tags: e-blast, what a soul needs, worship

Of Thee I Sing

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

Each year, our Sanctuary Choir presents Of Thee I Sing during the week of Independence Day to give thanks and celebrate the virtues of the nation God has blessed us to inhabit and improve. It's a time for both reverence and sing-along fun, as well as a time to honor those who have...

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The Song of Forgiveness: A Palm Sunday Concert

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"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

Advent Devotional Week 2: I Will Make It Right

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Meditation by Jim DeJarnette Hope changes everything. A common assessment of “it’s hopeless” seems pervasive everywhere these days. Our world often feels like an incubator of trouble, injustice and heartache. Martin Luther may have captured it best: “this world with...

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Tags: advent, devotional, worship