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 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Radiate

This summer I have been spending my time planning a youth conference that will take place in the middle of August. The conference is called “Radiate,” and it is going to be at the Kroc Center. The whole premise of the conference is relationships. Why we desire to be in...

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Abide

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Word of Jesus, John 15:5 It is often when I am immersed in creation that I am reminded of humanity’s humble...

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A Little Bit About Me

Ever since my freshman year of High School, running has been one of my biggest passions. I have competed in both Cross Country and Track for all off my High School and College careers. Throughout High School, the most important parts of running to me were fast times, winning, and...

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FOND FAREWELL (for now)

Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful celebration of my retirement on Sunday, June 25. It touched my heart with all the kind words, hugs (love the hugs), heartfelt notes, M&M cake, special plaque, and generous gift card. I LOVE this church! I have so...

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