Hello!

My name is Josh Wagner. I am soon to be a graduate of Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a minor in Speech Communication. I am very excited to be returning to 1stPres to rebuild the youth program and give both middle school and high school students...

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Forever… Is that like ‘maintenance free’?

The Visiting Fireman Blog: Forever… Is that like ‘maintenance free’? Following this current series on the “Genealogy of Jesus” is quite thought-provoking in both services. (You could ask me how I know, or please volunteer upstairs at one or both services with the tech team and you‘ll learn that.)  Listen...

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Genealogy of Jesus

How appropriate the message for this season is the Genealogy of Jesus. I have known about my great grandpa Charlie Branch for some time, as a railroad conductor from Mauchunk (Mowk-chunk), Pennsylvania who moved with his wife Pauline and their kids to Prentice, Wisconsin. He loved reading his poetry to...

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I Am Thankful

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to call a halt to the busy-ness and troubles in our lives and focus on being grateful and truly thankful for all of the blessings showered upon us. Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to...

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Not All Gifts Are Fun

Otters are an awesome creation of God! He made them to be at home both in the water and out. They have an amazing gift that enables them to see clearly underwater. When we get in the water everything becomes blurry. That’s because water changes the way light enters our...

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Seasons

  Our green bean, zucchini, cucumber, and tomato plants are history for another year. Ah, fall has arrived! We enjoyed some delicious meals with the fruits of those plants. The mint and basil have been cut back, ready for their restorative winter sleep. The mojitos and pesto on zucchini noodles...

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Can We Come In To Pray?

Working at a church can easily become a routine of keeping the good people in and the bad people out. Over the years I’ve worked in church settings there have been occasions when I mistakenly thought some folks should stay out.  One time two motorcycle riders showed up in the...

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About Me!

Oh hello there! I didn’t see you! My name is Derek Sumey. I’m so thrilled to tell you that I will be assisting Lou with children and middle school youth ministries for the fall! I have been involved in youth ministry before. Last summer I was an intern for Congregational...

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Seeking Goodness in All Things

Note: Amy was a summer Whitworth Fellow at 1stPres in 2016. She is currently studying abroad in Cuba this semester. This is Amy’s blog from before hurricane Irma came through. She reports that she is well and that Havana was spare the worst of it. Please continue in your prayers...

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Unsolicited advice

Oh, Amy, I’m so sorry! You came in with your bright and cheerful glow, and I probably tampered that glow with my unsolicited advice! I wish I could take back my “helpful” words, but all I can do now is apologize, ask forgiveness, and try to not give advice unless...

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