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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 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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From Karl Travis | June 21, 2017

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Today begins summer, at least officially, though it’s merely a technical note; with temperatures in the high 90s for some weeks now, it has felt like summer for a long time. 130 kids and over 50 adult helpers are downstairs in the Gym and Youth Room, enjoying Vacation Church School. Some...

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From Karl Travis | May 31, 2017

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Dear Friends, If you’ve shopped for tennis shoes in recent years you know that there’s no such thing anymore. Athletic shoes have gone high tech and there’s a shoe for every kind of exercise. You can buy shoes for walking, shoes for jogging, and shoes for sprinting. You can...

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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 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 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 Karl Travis | February 8, 2017

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many of our minds rush towards romantic love. For those who are partnered or who want to be, Valentine’s Day is a chocolate opportunity to affirm our affection and to say those things we would be wise and loving to say all year around...

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From Karl Travis | January 18, 2017

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     If I titled newsletter columns, this one might be called “Confessions of a Political Junky.” My undergraduate degree is in political science. I have an Honours Degree in Christian Ethics and Applied Theology from the University of Edinburgh. I went to Scotland...

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