My Dear Friend

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” -Revelations 14:13 (ESV) I feel like I have to begin by...

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This Generation

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” John 21:18   It’s...

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Walk With Me

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” I have been so lucky to do life with the youth at 1st Pres for a little over a year now!...

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Musical Dogs

Do you believe that dogs have ‘an ear for music’? I would like to think so. On the rare occasions when I sit down to my piano and play a tune, both Obie and Ramona lay down near the piano bench as if enjoying a sweet lullaby. No, they don’t...

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Tears & Joy

Having survived 18 years of on the job training I feel qualified to make one sweeping statement of fact: being a parent is a tough job.  This is perhaps the only sweeping statement outside of sharing  the Good News  that I’ll every actually be capable of making with absolute certainty.  ...

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Downtown Church Day Camp

Last week was the 1st ever Downtown Church Day Camp at 1stPres. It was an amazing week. There were 35 children and a total of 25 volunteers throughout the week. The theme was Fun in the Son and that is exactly what the week was, and thankfully the weather cooperated...

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Sheep Food

Steve Balas Director of Communications People are everywhere – all around, wherever you go. Just think about your average day. Driving to work? There they are, swirling all around you, glaring, honking, cutting you off. Going shopping? That’s them, clogging up the aisles at Fred Myers. Trying to get away...

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Seal of Approval

Becky Clegg Church Administrator As a kid my Mom subscribed to the magazine,Good Housekeeping (in fact, I think she still does today!) I loved to go through that magazine and cut out images of furniture or food or other fun items. I still enjoy reading it to this day. I...

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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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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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