How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Can We Come In To Pray?

Working at a church can easily become a routine of keeping the good people in and the bad people out. Over the years I’ve worked in church settings there have been occasions when I mistakenly thought some folks should stay out.  One time two motorcycle riders showed up in the...

Continue reading

About Me!

Oh hello there! I didn’t see you! My name is Derek Sumey. I’m so thrilled to tell you that I will be assisting Lou with children and middle school youth ministries for the fall! I have been involved in youth ministry before. Last summer I was an intern for Congregational...

Continue reading

Seeking Goodness in All Things

Note: Amy was a summer Whitworth Fellow at 1stPres in 2016. She is currently studying abroad in Cuba this semester. This is Amy’s blog from before hurricane Irma came through. She reports that she is well and that Havana was spare the worst of it. Please continue in your prayers...

Continue reading

Unsolicited advice

Oh, Amy, I’m so sorry! You came in with your bright and cheerful glow, and I probably tampered that glow with my unsolicited advice! I wish I could take back my “helpful” words, but all I can do now is apologize, ask forgiveness, and try to not give advice unless...

Continue reading

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

I grew up in the very small town of Janesville, CA which is located about 83 miles north of Reno, NV. After graduating high school I moved to Reno and worked at various jobs. Decided that the lifestyle was not my cup of tea. I was adrift not knowing what...

Continue reading

Observe the Solar Eclipse with Awe

I admit it: I’m a science nerd! By that, I mean I’ve always been fascinated by the natural order of things: plants, astronomy, human body, physics. You name the science, and it draws me in. With exasperation in his voice, my dad used to call me his “Why, why, why...

Continue reading

Our Cup

The passion of our Christ is to be consumed by love – completely consumed – for the benefit of others. To have our very being poured out without reservation upon the worthy and unworthy alike. To be a cup emptied just to satisfy the angry thirst of others. Drained to...

Continue reading

On “Gettin’ ‘er done!”…

It’s a Monday morning at First Pres, and after an hour and half making the rounds to empty garbage cans, check all the rooms, haul three cartloads of clothing giveaway to the basement, Emily asked if I would be able to write the blog. “Sure,” I replied, “after ‘going a...

Continue reading

Hello From Sam

Hello friends! This month I’ve moved from being a regular attender at 1st Pres to a new role as Interim Church Administrator.  Thanks for extending the opportunity to serve God and the church during this season in the history of the church. Let me share a little of my background....

Continue reading