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Something Significant for Christmas - There is Still Time!

Posted by Laura Mueller on

Christimas cards are filling our mail boxes. Wrapping paper is consuming our dining room tables and closets. The Christmas to-do list seems to be getting longer. Despite all of this, we deliberately choose some activities simply because they help us remember the reason for the season. We rejoice...

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Something Significant for Christmas - Reasons to Give Significantly

Posted by Laura Mueller on

The leftover pie from Thanksgiving and the madness that comes with Black Friday shopping are finished, but Christmas and the spirit that comes from this time of year are just ramping up.  Often, the true meaning of Christmas is overshadowed by the commercialization and materialism that has...

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Something Significant for Christmas: Hydrate to Dominate

Posted by Laura Mueller on

On our trip to Guatemala back in September, our team adopted the phrase "hydrate to dominate." While we saw the humor in the phrase, coined by one of our teammates, we also knew its real importance: water is vital to health and life.  While in Guatemala, we had the honor of meeting Eliu...

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Compassion: Making New Connections

Posted by Laura Mueller on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday. Worship bulletins have been posted here. Guest post by Erin Eilmes Bringing New Friendships Home with Me One of the first things I did upon my return home from Guatemala last week was to call Compassion International. I wanted to give the people of...

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La Limonada: Guatemala Team Update

Posted by Susan Buenger on

The drainage ravine that hosts the neighborhood of Limonada in Guatemala City is not an ordinary place. It is simultaneously full of hope and violence, beauty and profound material, spiritual and emotional poverty. As we entered the door of a home in Limonada, we met a baby seated in a stroller...

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Pray for Pablo: Guatemala Team Update

Posted by Laura Mueller on

In the U.S. we see the importance of the next generation as future inventors, leaders and parents of the world. At First Pres we seek “to prepare all generations to impact lives for Christ.” We lift up, mentor, guide and ignite young men and women to dream big and dream...

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Guatemala Team Update

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Posted by Laura Mueller on

Our time in Guatemala this week does not take the form of a typical mission trip. But our intergenerational team of six certainly does have a mission—to listen, discern and learn from truly inspiring and Kingdom-minded people of Guatemala. Our team's visit is only a blip in the context of...

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Guatemala Team Itinerary and Prayer Requests

Posted by Susan Buenger on

A team of six from First Pres travels to Guatemala September 7–14 to partner with the Del Camino Connection (DCC), connecting with Guatemalan pastors and ministry leaders, and deepening the relationships forged on a 2016 trip. The team will also meet new leaders and connect with churches...

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The World in our Hallways

Posted by Laura Mueller on

Guest post by Allison Bassett, City Engagement Volunteer In mid-August, First Pres wrapped up our second summer of hosting daily ESL and Job Training classes, and a monthly sewing group for refugees in our buildings. We’ve provided classrooms, childcare and volunteers, working through a...

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Celebrating God's Word in a New Language

Posted by Laura Mueller on

This Sunday, we'll celebrate First Pres missionaries Jim and Carolyn Mudge, as they have recently completed more than three decades of work on a new translation of God's Word in the Solomon Islands.  This interview with Jim gives just a taste of their incredible labor of love:  Briefly...

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