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From Karl Travis | May 10, 2017

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The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is fear. Yet, fear is natural and widespread. It is little surprise, then, that angels and others of God’s messengers – especially and also Jesus – so frequently greet Biblical characters by saying, “Do not be afraid.” From...

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From Michael Waschevski | May 3, 2017

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Dear Friends, How can it be May already? This year seems to be flying by!  Summer is just around the corner. And summer often ushers in new rhythms of life. Perhaps this is true for you. During the summer, First Presbyterian Church continues with weekly worship and education, pastoral and...

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From Josh Stewart | April 19, 2017

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Dear friends,  This is one of my favorite times of the year because on Sunday, April 30 (during the entire 11 a.m. worship service only), we will celebrate our annual “Youth Sunday.”  This is the day when our youth lead worship during the entire 11 a.m. worship...

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From Karl Travis | April 9, 2017

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I regularly drive past a costume shop on Forest Park. It’s fun to watch the seasons change, evidenced by the curbside marquis. Easter is almost here. This morning the sign read, “Rabbit and Roman Costumes Available Now.” Maybe it’s because I’m a staid, boring...

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From Michael Waschevski | April 5, 2017

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Dear friends,  This Sunday we begin the Holy Week journey with Jesus.  Holy Week is like no other week.  Holy Week is filled with big dramatic events involving the most well-known people in the gospel story.  Crowds shouting  “Hosanna!”  An upstairs...

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From Josh Stewart | March 29, 2017

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Dear friends,  On Sunday, Karl preached another penetrating sermon in his current sermon series.  This one was about forgiveness in the story of John 8.1-11. Personally, I find the best sermons draw me back to cracking open the Bible and rereading stories and rethinking its meaning...

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From Michael Waschevski | March 15, 2017

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Dear friends, Lent is my favorite liturgical season. I imagine for some the themes of repentance, humility, and mortality seem heavy and dark. And I admit, they can be. They also, for me, invite deep reflection on my humanity and what it means to understand my humanity as a child of God. Henri...

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From Karl Travis | March 8, 2017

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Friends, Being a parent brings many joys and responsibilities, among them encouraging children to do their best in school. These days, tracking a kid’s grades is marvelously easy. It’s a computer click away. My parents waited for six week report cards. Now, I simply open a special...

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From Josh Stewart | March 1, 2017

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Dear friends,  As we begin another season of Lent today, many people commit to spiritual disciplines in order to grow closer to God and to prepare for Easter. Oftentimes, this involves giving up something of importance in your life (i.e. chocolate, Netflix, etc.) or adding a positive...

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From Michael Waschevski | February 15, 2017

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Dear friends,  Each third Sunday of the month a contemplative service is held at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Unique among our other worship services, this service is in the style of the Taize community (France). Scripture, prayer, and short  repetitive songs sung by the congregation...

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