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Think Orange

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

Great Things Happen when Church and Family Partner Together  How much time do you have with your kids in the morning before school or in the evening at bedtime? How much time do you spend in the car driving your kids to school, sports, band or other events? How much...

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Tags: family ministries sunday, orange, think orange, family ministries month

Everybody Needs a Hand

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When I lived in Oregon, I used to love skiing on Mount Hood. This volcanic mountain has snow on it all year, and during ski season it is known to receive massive amounts of snow in short periods of time. One of the places I loved to ski was in an area that is famous for having deep snow that...

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Tags: e-blast, unstuck, family ministries sunday

New Year... Old Joy!

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Yesterday, we took down our Christmas tree. It's always kind of a bittersweet time for me to take down the tree and put away the decorations. The luster and glitter of the holiday season is packed away for another year; the furniture is placed back in the usual locations; the Christmas mugs in...

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Tags: e-blast, time for joy

Advent Devotional Week 5: Great Joy!

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Meditation by Tom Pipkin, Pastor of Family Ministries  Luke 2:1-11 It was Christmas Eve of 1989. Dawn and I had just returned home from an exhausting, high-energy, week-long ski camp in North Carolina with 260 teenagers—and we were two days behind schedule. Upon departing the camp...

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Tags: advent, advent devotionals 2018, time for joy, worship

Nothing is Impossible

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Miracles of Jesus: Nothing is Impossible! That’s the theme for our Vacation Bible School this week at First Pres. Over 230 kids from our church families and the Colorado Springs community are experiencing a week of fun and adventure as we are looking at how nothing is impossible with...

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Tags: e-blast, me to we, worship

What A Week in Family Ministries

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Summer is here and First Pres Family Ministries is thick with opportunities for children, students and families to grow in their faith in Jesus. I just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic with a bunch of high schoolers and recent graduates. It was a front-lines experience with...

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Tags: e-blast, me to we, worship

Summer Sunday School Changes

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Dear First Pres Parents, Summer is almost here, and with it come vacations, family outings and time to get into the great outdoors! Summer also brings change as our kids move up a grade. It’s hard to believe—wasn’t it just last week that we were dropping them off for their...

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Student Ministries Update

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Our school year is winding down, and we are looking forward to summer and all the great camp, mission and community opportunities it brings. As we ready ourselves for summer, we want to let you know about some exciting movement here in First Pres Student Ministries. Early this year, with the...

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God Takes Care of the Rest

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Everybody loves a good story. Last Sunday we began a series we are calling Who Knows? Seven Stories to Inspire. We are looking at seven different stories from the Bible about how God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things and we are challenging each other to consider how our stories are...

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Tags: e-blast, who knows, worship

Building A Family Minstry

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Most every morning at First Pres I see families coming and going from our church campus. Some of these folks are becoming familiar to me as I also see them on Sunday mornings. Other folks I only see during the week—beautiful children, hopeful parents—all wanting the best for their...

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