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From Josh Stewart | November 15, 2017

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Dear friends, A couple weeks ago, I asked a big question in Youth Group. We were studying Martin Luther and thinking together about grace and works (Ephesians 2.8-10 to be exact). The questions was this: if we are saved by God’s grace through faith, what difference do our good works...

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From Robyn Michalove | November 8, 2017

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Dear Friends, While many of us were in the 11 a.m. worship service a few days ago, rested with an extra hour of sleep, 270 miles south of us, 26 people tragically lost their lives and 20 were wounded in a mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The victims include...

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From Karl Travis | November 1, 2017

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Happy All Saints’ Day. I suppose that’s a bit weird, wishing you a happy day at a time set aside to remember the saints who have died. Still, hear me out. All Saints’ Day is an age-old and world-wide Christian observance. The Eastern Church celebrates the day on the first...

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From Karl Travis | October 18, 2017

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Dear friends, Loving history as I do, I’ll admit to a lump in my throat. I know, I know – marking important dates isn’t atop everyone’s list, but still, this one matters. It is important. October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s protest. On that day in...

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From Josh Stewart | October 4, 2017

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Dear friends,  When tragedies strike our country like this week’s Las Vegas shooting, it forces us to think deeply about our faith and beliefs. We are certainly holding close in our thoughts and prayers all of the people and families whose lives have been turned upside down because...

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From Josh Stewart | September 6, 2017

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Dear friends,  The widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey is nothing short of mind-blowing. We continue to remember and support countless people in need through our prayers and by donating to thoughtful organizations such as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) for example...

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From Robyn Michalove | August 16, 2017

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Media coverage in recent days about the events in Charlottesville have dominated the news headlines. Photos, tweets and sounds bites expose our deep-seated fears and insecurities in our nation and in our communities. Of course, prejudice and racism are not new to our country, but the current...

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From Karl Travis | August 2, 2017

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On December 23, 1956, when First Pres members worshiped in their Penn Street sanctuary for the first time, the building sparkled with newness and hope. The windows were resplendent. The pews hadn’t attracted a spot of dust. The steeple shone white and pure above it all, adorned with newly...

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From Josh Stewart | July 19, 2017

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Dear friends,  One evening during our youth mission trip to Alabama, our group was relaxing after a hard day of work by watching the sunset over the bay.  While enjoying the moment with our youth, I noticed that Jim Koss was wearing an old t-shirt with the image of a ship on it. The...

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From Karl Travis | July 12, 2017

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Among the many wonderful opportunities for growth and service available to First Pres members, I am particularly excited by our young Men’s Ministry. Kicked off with an off campus retreat in January, the monthly gatherings have gained traction and are quickly gaining an important spot in...

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