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Work on New Worship Center Under Way

Posted by Matt Fox on

We are excited to announce that we’re moving forward with the creation of our new Worship Center. Construction began on Monday, January 9, 2017. The new Worship Center will hold up to 500 people and can accommodate our current worshipping communities as well as provide for growth. This...

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Movement Video Intro

Posted by Yemi Mobolade on

The church is not a building. The church is not even a conglomeration of people. The church is a movement, a group of people ‘called out’ (ekklesia) to meet and glorify God, and to represent His Kingdom to a broken world. The church doesn’t sit still; it moves and grows. To be...

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Know Someone Who Should Try Alpha?

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Alpha is a series of sessions that explores the Christian faith and is specially designed for those who are outside of the faith. Through the course of the evening together, we will share a meal, hear a talk on a core aspect of the Christian faith, and have time in small groups to discuss. The...

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Worship on 1-8-17

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Join us for worship on Sunday, January 8, 2017 as we begin our new series, Movement. This week's message is titled "Comfort to the Afflicted," and is based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7. Preachers:8:20 a.m. Sanctuary: Tim McConnell9:45 a.m. Sanctuary: Tim McConnell9:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall: Tim...

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Tags: bulletins, sunday worship

Comfort the Afflicted

Posted by John Goodale on

December 31 and January 1 are back-to-back days, just like any other two days of the year. Yet the act of moving the calendar from one year to the next tends to create a sense of beginning a new chapter in our lives. During this first week of 2017, there’s a natural inclination to view the...

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Tags: e-blast, movement, worship

Egypt Team 2017 Prayer Requests

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Posted by Susan Buenger on

On Thursday, January 5, our first mission team of 2017 will take off to spend two weeks serving and building relationships with our partner churches in Egypt. Nine First Pres folks make up the team. Their time in Egypt will include a Coptic Christmas celebration, work with Habitat for Humanity...

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Tags: cairo, egypt, prayer, global partnerships, aswan

Advent Devotional, New Year's Day: The Best Is Yet To Come

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Meditation by Rev. Eunice McGarrahan I don’t think I’ve ever really liked New Year’s Day as a holiday. It is almost as if the solution to our personal challenges and the world’s problems will be solved by time. But no matter how much we think turning a new page on the...

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Tags: advent, devotional, worship

Worship on 01-01-17

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Join us for worship on Sunday, January 1, 2017 as we conclude our Advent series, Beloved. This week's message is titled "The Best Is Yet To Come," and is based on Matthew 25:31-40. Preachers:8:20 a.m. Sanctuary: Pat Hartsock9:45 a.m. Sanctuary: Pat Hartsock9:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall...

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Tags: advent, beloved, bulletins, worship

Bringing the Old Year to Christ

Posted by Katie Fowler on

I have heard it said over and over again: 2016 has been a beast of a year. From injustice and racial tension swelling up in our country, to acts of terrorism at home and around the world; from the horrors of ongoing conflict and war in Syria, to a tumultuous and divisive election...

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Advent Devotional, Christmas Day: Are We Ready?

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Meditation by Rev. Dr. John Stevens The big day—the one we have all been looking forward to and preparing for—has finally arrived. We’ve decorated our homes, bought and wrapped the gifts, baked the cookies and secured the fixings for the family meal. All is ready for...

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Tags: advent, devotional, worship

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