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

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and CDA is the best place we’ve lived for celebrating Independence Day.  It’s a big, all-city party all day long with the parade on Sherman, music and picnicking in City Park, and, of course, the huge fireworks display over the lake.  ...

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Ordinary Super Hero

When I was a child, still just a little boy, I had the big dream that I could be a superhero. Not a particularly unique dream I know. But I really believed I could be like Superman – and fly to the rescue. At the time we lived in a...

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#LOVEFe

  It’s IronMan week in CDA. The transition area is getting set up in City Park, athletes are checking out the route, and there are a more fit-looking people Downtown than normal!   I enjoy the whole experience: watching the start on the beach before heading to the church, hearing...

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Bolivia Diary

The following is a collection of the postings that Derek Sumey made to the church’s Facebook page during his recent trip to Bolivia with our mission team. Day 1 was spent traveling on airplanes. DAY 2 Hola amigos! Day 2 of our trip was busy. We came to our hotel,...

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Papa Pete…

  Dad receiving his Rotarian of the Year award last year Happy Father’s Day to my Dad: Paul “Pete” Sumey (or as he’s known by his grandkids: “Papa.”)   Dad grew up in Topeka, KS, son of a plumber and Santa Fe teletype operator.  His height made him a varsity-level basketball...

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Becoming Donuts

“God of all comfort…” 2 Cor 1:3 I have never really lost my childhood love for donuts – although that love has matured. I no longer eat them – except on rare occasions. No, it’s more of a respect thing for me now. For instance I judge the grocery stores...

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Fellows(hip)…

Our staff hip quotient has definitely been trending upward (and average age downward) this week now that all four of our Whitworth Summer Fellows are in the building. (NOTE: come Sunday to meet them! They will be sitting in on the Facebook class between the services to lend their expertise...

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Psycho Dog

Ramona has a new thing she loves to do when I am in the shower. It’s kind of like the movie “Psycho” when Norman Bates is checking out who’s in the shower (of course we remember that scene). Creepy right? Even though Ramona knows it’s me, she carefully pushes back...

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Summertime in CDA…

June is here which means summertime has arrived!  The weather so far makes it seem like we’ve had summer for about a month and a half already, but now it’s official.  It’s summertime in CDA!   Summer is going to be big at 1stPresDowntown, with lots of kids activities like...

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Walk Humbly, Love Endlessly

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7 On my recent mission trip to Guatemala, God revealed a...

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