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Advent Devotional Week 1: A Joy Exercise

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Meditation by Eunice McGarrahan, Pastor of Adult Education John 16:16-22 The disciples are thoroughly confused by their long conversation with Jesus (John 13-16). He's told them about His death, resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. They just don't understand it. They are...

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Season's Affections

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I saw a story on the news the other night about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It happens when the lack of sunshine and time spent outdoors starts to impact your emotions negatively. I first heard of this phenomenon when I was living in Chicago for college. Winters in Chicago, as I...

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Gratitude is Good for You

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Gratitude is good for you, even if Thanksgiving dinner is not! The meal may put on a few extra pounds you didn’t need, but the exercise of thanksgiving is very healthy. Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday. This is not a part of our "liturgical" church calendar. It is not a remembrance...

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A Night Of Worship

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

If you weren't able to make it to our first ever Night of Worship Thursday night in the First Pres Worship Center, you can catch a glimpse of it here. We can't wait to do it again! View Full Length Video      

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Drink Fluids

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It is cold and flu season. This is the time of year we keep telling each other to drink fluids. Or if you want to be more aggressive: “push fluids.” That sounds a little intense to me. But fluids are the answer. If you feel a cold coming on, drink fluids. If you have a cold, drink...

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An Open Door - Guatemala Trip 2018

Posted by Laura Mueller on

What does it look like to enter into someone’s reality? To walk with them, to encourage and be encouraged, learn together, and attempt to gain a deeper understanding of God and his people.  Our partners in Guatemala have opened the door for us to enter into the reality and context of...

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The Allure of Gentleness

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today we exercise our right to vote. I hope you have taken time to pray and consider how to use your vote to raise up inspiring leaders. We can be grateful for a nation that lives free, chooses its own leadership through the democratic process and works together for the common good. The fruit of...

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A Spirit of Gentleness

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> This Sunday we begin our new series, Gentle. Gentleness is one fruit of the Spirit that we may not haven given a lot of thought to. With Pastor Tim McConnell, we'll take a long look at what it means to be gentle and...

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