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From Karl Travis | September 19, 2018

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Dear Friends, It’s that season again – stewardship season. Some congregations view the annual stewardship campaign as something akin to a flu shot. We’ll allow ourselves to be pricked in the body’s nether regions so long as it inoculates us for the rest of the year...

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From Joshua Stewart | September 12, 2018

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Dear friends,  This Fall, our Wednesday night High School Bible Study group is reading various Bible stories alongside Bob Goff’s new book, Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People.  The premise of the book is that disciples of Jesus...

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From Robyn Michalove | September 5, 2018

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Dear Church Family, Thank you again for the amazing gift of a sabbatical leave this summer. The time was refreshing and restorative. I was able to make significant headway in my doctoral research, and I also enjoyed traveling with my family to visit other members of our extended family and...

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From Michael Waschevski | August 22, 2018

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Dear friends, Karl has preached a powerful and inspiring sermon series this month on Love.  Using 1 Corinthians 13 as the foundational text each week, we have explored what Love Is, what Love is Not, and the reality that Love Never Ends.  This coming Sunday’s final sermon in the...

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From Joshua Stewart | August 15, 2018

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Dear friends, A few months ago, our daughter Sippi was pouring her glass of juice onto her plate of food at the dinner table.  Eventually, I had to confiscate the glass from her.  She immediately jumped out of her chair with a blended look of anger, hysteria, and rage!  Her twin...

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From Karl Travis | August 8, 2018

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A Midsummer Night's Pastor Report With so many of us traveling to escape the dog-days, you might be surprised at how much is going on in our church. Things do not slow down for the summer months! Here’s a report on just a few goings-on. The Sanctuary renovation continues apace. I think...

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From Karl Travis | August 1, 2018

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When the going gets hot, the smart get going. Lots of First Pres folk will travel in August, venturing to places higher and cooler. If you’re fortunate enough to be among them, Godspeed and safe travels. It’s worth reflecting on the possibilities of mobility. Some people travel to...

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From Joshua Stewart | July 18, 2018

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Dear friends, I tend to read much more prose than poetry, so while on Study Leave earlier this month I took some time to read some poetry.  I am always caught off guard by the power of a good poem.  Good poems demand to be read slowly.  They force you to walk with the words and...

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From Michael Waschevski | July 11, 2018

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Dear Friends,  This Sunday in worship Ahreum, Becca, and I have chosen hymns and songs that are uniquely American. From the 19th and 20th centuries, these gospel style hymns and songs are favorites of many as they endure today and speak to a whole new generation of Christians. At...

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From Joshua Stewart | July 3, 2018

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Dear friends, I write to you during my Study Leave, which is a time I am extremely grateful for because it is of enormous value to me as I plan, prepare, and dream about a new school year of Youth Group (among all else).  As you know, I love to read – but during the normal work week...

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