Hello, Emily: It’s Me, God!

Do you ever get the feeling that the Lord is trying to reach you, but you’re not really hearing Him? Recently, I thought I could hear God calling out to me, but I wasn’t grasping His message. Many of the daily Bible verses I recently received from www.biblegateway.com were taking...

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Did She Know?

Like most people, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the music. I like the old favorites but it seems like every year I find a new favorite to add to my list. A couple of years ago I heard “Mary Did You Know” for the first time and...

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Behind the Scenes

Four years ago when I was offered the position of Office Manager, I had no idea what really went on “behind the scenes” in a church. Boy, has the past four years been an eye opener for me. I grew up in this church and know so many of you...

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Christmas Blessings

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with too much food, lots of good loot, and family and friends galore. I sure did. In fact, when I finally managed to get up from the dinner table Christmas Day, all I could do was pat my belly and exclaim, “Now...

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Update from Emily Branch

Dear Downtown First Presbyterian family, I am so excited to finally write out this update and fill you in on what has been happening over the past 6 months. There are multiple aspects of life to update on- health, missions, Tacoma happenings, and my current work situation with TEAM. As...

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Christmas

This time of year always has me feeling nostalgic. I just love the warm feelings stirred in my heart during Christmas-time. The first Christmas storage box I open contains my mom’s Byer’s Choice carolers. These handmade characters of old are about a foot high and represent neighbors caroling through town....

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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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