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

The Perfect Gift

Christmas, there is so much about this time of the year I love. The Christmas story, music, Christmas Eve candlelight services, decorations, pageants, fireworks at the tree lighting ceremony, cookies, dinner with family and friends, and even ugly Christmas sweaters. Yes, I love it all…except for the commercialism. Black Friday,...

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Reflections

Last weekend I was crashed on the couch while recovering from a nasty cold….(yes, another one). After a wonderful nap cuddled with my two doxies, I decided to do some Internet surfing on my iPad. Since Ramona was draped across my chest, I had to angle the iPad off to...

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Amy’s Update

Editor’s Note: Amy worked at 1stPres over the summer as a Whitworth Fellow. With the crispness of November in full swing, I find myself overwhelmed by the sheer volume of school, grades, and social issues all around me. The implications of recent election events have not quite settled down, nor...

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Meet Our Neighbors

Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Thrift Store As most of you know, 1stPres owns the brick building on the corner of 5th and Lakeside Ave – often referred to as “The 501 Building.” The east end of the building houses United Way and at the west end is our new renters, the...

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Thankfulness

We clasped our hands and bowed our heads before one of the six children seated around the table recited, “God is Great, God is Good, And we thank him for this food. Amen.” So began every Thanksgiving dinner in my childhood home. Sometimes, we said grace on a regular basis,...

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Thank You for Your Service

In September, a group of friends and I took a trip to New Orleans with a side trip to Gulfport. We did all of the usual touristy things… beignets at Cafe Dumont, a carriage ride around the French Quarter, a tour of a cemetery, and a paddle boat dinner cruise...

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Leaves Everywhere

I LOVE Autumn! I enjoy the crisp mornings at 5am when I let my dogs out in the backyard. Watching the change of colors is always a thrill for me and one that signals cooler days to come. This past weekend we had to pull our garden out and I...

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Overnight Heroes

Last week our coordinators asked me to be an overnight host. So on Thursday night, I gathered a sleeping bag, a pillow, a few sundries, and trundled off to church.  My husband, Bill, could not spend the night so he stayed home.  I had no worries because Ginger Higens, one...

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Early Education Matters

I am one of an increasingly rare breed. I say that because I am able to get up every morning and thank God that I love my job. It’s this love that has motivated me to work with young children for over 25 years, and each day as I enter...

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We Are Our Stories

  Once a month, I receive a small magazine called Guideposts. When reading through the editorial, one point in particular caught my attention; he said, “We are our stories.” That brings me to my devotion today: I would like to share a small portion of my own story. I grew...

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