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

Music Memories with a Chuckle

I have been music director here at First Presbyterian church for several years.   I began with a small group of Moms and their children and we were called the “Folk Choir” because we were anything but traditional.   We sang simple folk tunes to start and graduated to more challenging pieces,...

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From Pastor Craig

Answered Prayers… One thing I love about Sundays is hearing updates about people we’ve been praying for. And sometimes that report comes in the form of a person! Deb Roope badly broke her ankle last Spring and we’ve been praying for her recovery in a rehab hospital, missing her terribly...

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Why I Do What I Do

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Not long ago I found a rare moment of quiet during the children’s nap time to reflect upon the decisions that I was making...

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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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