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My First Evening With Family Promise

Posted by Laura Mueller on

Written by Allison Bassett This past week, First Pres was ‘home’ to four families as part of our partnership with Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). For four weeks each year, First Pres hosts families facing temporary homelessness who are in need of lodging...

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Tags: city engagement, family promise, ihn, impact lives

When Our Friends Meet Jesus Through Us

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Five Thresholds  from "Christ to the Lost," February 26, 2017 In his book I Once Was Lost, my friend Don Everts describes what he's observed from talking with thousands of postmodern skeptics who have come to faith in Christ. Their stories aren't cookie-cutter, they're not often...

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The Global Leadership Summit is Coming to First Pres

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Everyone has influence. Do you believe that? Whether your ability to lead others is formal or unofficial, wide in scope or very specific, you influence others in every sphere of your life.  On August 10 and 11, 2017, First Pres will be the downtown Colorado Springs site for the...

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Tags: global leadership summit, gls

New Challenges for Church Leaders

Posted by Matt Fox on

Mayor John Suthers Calls Faith Communities to Action In October 2016, as part of CityServe Weekend, more than 100 pastors from throughout Colorado Springs gathered to hear from Mayor John Suthers. He shared some of the highlights of where Colorado Springs is moving, noting that we’ve...

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Tags: cityserve, colorado springs, community, loving our city

What Will First Pres Look Like in 10 Years?

Posted by Tim McConnell on

A Church in the City We love where God has planted us—right in the middle of downtown—and we want to see our city flourish. Our doors are wide open, offering shelter from the storm. We’re investing in the peace and prosperity of Colorado Springs, pouring ourselves out for our...

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The Best Is Yet to Come

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

On Sunday Night, January 29, 2017, more than 500 gathered to celebrate what God did in our midst in 2016 and to move forward purposefully into 2017. We recognized leaders who were completing their terms of service, and we elected and affirmed new Elders and Deacons to lead through prayer...

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A Touch of Love

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Posted by Susan Buenger on

A Visit to Garbage City Reflection by Abigail McConnell Nemeh, an older lady wearing a black head scarf, led us down below street level to show us her home. Light leaked in from above, and we could see for ourselves what she was explaining to us in Arabic: when it rains, the guttered hallway...

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Hagana Church Plant

Posted by Susan Buenger on

Reflection by Anna McFall From Children to A Church On Friday, we visited Hagana church plant in a poor and overpopulated section of Cairo. Led by pastor Amir, Hagana church began through wildly popular children's outreaches. The children in the area were so excited for the programs that...

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On the Road to Kom El Akdarr

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Posted by Susan Buenger on

Egypt 2017, Day 6 - Serving with Habitat for Humanity Egypt We are watching the sun rise as we travel the desert road leading south out of Cairo. Travel is smooth and this stretch of road is quiet—quite a contrast to busy Cairo, with over 20 million people. Kom El Akdarr—"The Green...

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Tags: egypt, global partners, habitat for humanity, mission trip

Giving Changes the World Around Us

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

"We give to change us, and in changing us, God changes the world."  - Lead Pastor Dr. Tim McConnell What is God Doing Through Our Gifts? This video introduces nine stories (among dozens!) of how the generosity of the First Pres family is making a difference in Colorado Springs and...

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