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From Joshua Stewart | January 16, 2019

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Dear friends,  “Life is a journey, not a guided tour” is something my good friend, Jim Koss, likes to remind me every once in a while. It’s a challenging thing to hear when you think about it. Because when I’m honest, my default is to prefer the guided...

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From Robyn Michalove | January 9, 2019

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Dear Friends, This upcoming Sunday brings a variety of emotions as we ordain and install a new class of elders to lead our congregation and as we give our gratitude for the faithful leadership of Karl Travis as our pastor. Worship frames our gathering as we give thanks to God for our shared...

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From the Personnel Committee

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Message from the Personnel Committee The Personnel Committee of First Presbyterian Church writes to inform the congregation of some administrative actions that have occurred since Karl has gone on disability for health reasons.  A staffing plan was put in place last year to handle extended...

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From Joshua Stewart | December 19, 2018

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Dear friends,  Recently, Annie and I decided to load up our twins in the car and take a little family trip to the Dallas Aquarium. As you can imagine, road trips with 3-year-olds can be tricky. Well, Super-Mom-Annie packed a bag full of toys and crayons, and we were on our way. Midway...

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From Karl Travis | December 17, 2018

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Friends in Christ, Peace and grace to you amidst this season of incarnation. In Jesus, God comes to be with us, experiencing our lives hand in hand, step by step. The church engages in incarnational ministry when its members encourage and care for one another in Christ's name. You have been...

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From Robyn Michalove | December 12, 2018

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  Dear Friends,   When I think of Advent, especially in contrast to our cultural Christmas season, I think of quietness, and humility, and peace, and the little things in life. I think of small candles that give light to dark places. I think of gentle snowfall that causes grateful...

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From Michael Waschevski | December 5, 2018

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Dear friends,    In this season of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Emmanuel – God with us – holy scripture, poetry, and song help us give voice to the mystery of the Incarnation. This Sunday’s proclamation of the Word at the 11 a.m. service includes...

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From Robyn Michalove | November 21, 2018

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Dear Friends, The rededication of the sanctuary on Sunday was a beautiful celebration that honored past generations of faithful worship of God and anticipated future years of continued ministry at First Presbyterian Church. What gratitude we share for God's provision and what trust we share for...

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From Michael Waschevski | November 14, 2018

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Dear friends, What an exciting time in the life of First Presbyterian! As we approach Thanksgiving, I am especially mindful of being thankful for the opportunity to rededicate the Sanctuary at both 9 and 11 a.m. this Sunday, November 18. It will be a service of joy and thanksgiving! ...

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From Joshua Stewart | November 7, 2018

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Dear friends,   I must confess that though I love all the major sports, I love basketball the most (well, next to ping pong). Recently, I read a story about Red Auerbach, the famous hall of fame basketball coach of the Boston Celtics. Auerbach was quite a character. In their winningest...

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