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From Robyn Michalove | March 13, 2019

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Dear Friends, With the ‘spring forward’ time change now in effect, the light lingers into the evening. And, appropriately, the season of Lent comes at this time when the hours of daytime are “lengthening” as spring approaches. The word lent is from the Old English word...

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From Michael Waschevski | March 6, 2019

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Dear friends, Today is Ash Wednesday.  First Presbyterian Church gathers for worship at 12 noon in the Chapel, 5.30 p.m. at WOW (Community Crossroads) and at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Scripture, preaching, music, prayers, the imposition of ashes, and the sharing of  the...

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From Joshua Stewart | February 20, 2019

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Dear friends,  As a lifelong Presbyterian who is now a father of 3-year-old twins, I’m learning to appreciate a certain amount of noise and unrest from young children in a worship service. Noisy babies and fidgety toddlers are signs of life and vitality, and I think it’s a sign...

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From Michael Waschevski | Febraury 13, 2019

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Dear friends,   Christian history is filled with wisdom from sisters and brothers throughout out the ages.  Their life and witness through their writings continue to inspire me.  I was recently reminded of these words from St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859), a French...

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From Joshua Stewart | February 6, 2019

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Dear friends,  From a prison cell, God speaks to the prophet Jeremiah.  While his city is being defeated by the Babylonians, Jeremiah hears:   “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your...

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From Robyn Michalove | January 23, 2019

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Dear Friends,   Recently my 11-year-old daughter encouraged me to begin exercising more regularly which is sage advice for my physical and mental health. As you know, there are countless benefits to movement for your body, mind, and spirit!   I also carve out some time each day for...

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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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