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

Building on Solid Ground

The school I went to in London was a private school that used American curriculum taught by mostly American teachers to what were mostly American students. The school was conceived so that American diplomats, executives and the like, stationed in London, could send their kids to a place they would...

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Abundant Stars

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 ESV   I recently returned from a...

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From Pastor Craig

1stPres Members and Attenders: Financial Update Gathering After Worship Services This Sunday Since 1stPres Church is something we are all doing together, and since God uses our combined stewardship to accomplish his mission, it’s important to keep you up to date on how we’re doing money-wise. As of the end...

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Music Memories

Several years ago a long time active member of our church, who has since passed away Eileen Yates (Mom to Dexter Yates) came to me and said she had attended a seminar on how singing to patients in nursing homes helped their overall wellbeing, and in some cases even reached...

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The Rest of the Story…

Last month, Erica Waterman’s sermon was on Esther and she did a masterful job of bringing the story of Esther to life. Esther was an orphan, raised by her cousin Mordecai, a Jew, during the reign of King Xerxes (approximately 400BC). King Xerxes became enraged at his queen, Vashti, and...

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Eclectic Gifts

I am an Eclectic. Webster’s defines “eclectic” as “a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.” Yup, that’s me. It took me a long time to become comfortable with owning that, though. When I was younger, I saw myself as uncoordinated, an...

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Dogtor Please – Again!

  Do any of you remember the song “Coconut” written by Harry Nilsson? Okay, so I’m dating myself because it came out in the early 70s when I was going to high school. It’s about a boy and his sister who decide to create a clever drink of lime and...

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My Dear Friend

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” -Revelations 14:13 (ESV) I feel like I have to begin by...

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This Generation

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” John 21:18   It’s...

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Walk With Me

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” I have been so lucky to do life with the youth at 1st Pres for a little over a year now!...

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