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First Pres Blog

What's Happening - Week of February 18

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Friday through Sunday, February 16-18 Pray for two groups on retreats this weekend: Men's Life Retreat and Student Ministries Winter Camp.  Sunday, February 18 We'll begin a new sermon series, Really?...

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Tags: happenings

The Keys to the Car

Posted by Alison Murray on

Leadership Development at First Pres Kara Powell released her book Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church in 2016. The first of the six strategies is to “unlock Keychain Leadership.” Powell paints a picture of a parent handing the...

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Tags: annual meeting 2018

With Gentleness and Respect: Two Crucial Questions

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Bulldozers Need Not Apply In my family of origin, I'm the oldest of four siblings and the only girl. If you called me a bossy big sister, you wouldn't be wrong—or at least, you'd have a handle on a piece of...

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Tags: bulletins, really, worship

Conversation Matters

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It’s amazing what a conversation can do. I’m always moved by what can happen as people talk. Simple words—listening and responding—and God can do incredible things. I wonder what conversations you remember in your life as the most meaningful. Maybe there was a...

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Tags: e-blast, life groups, really, worship

Forward Together: Senior Leadership Team

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

2017 saw the addition of Pastors Katie Fowler and Tom Pipkin to the First Pres Senior Leadership Team. This team is equipped to collaborate over every area of ministry at First Pres. Here, each leader shares some goals and opportunities for 2018. Please be in prayer for God’s work in every...

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Tags: annual meeting 2018, first pres magazine

What's Happening - Week of February 11

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the Full Calendar Sunday, February 11 We'll finish our sermon series, Start: The Start is the Hardest Part. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Mark 1: "Keep Going." CanCare support ministry for those going through cancer...

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God is Glorified; Lives are Transformed

Posted by Tim McConnell on

A vision for First Pres in 2018 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” – Psalm 122:1 The purpose of the church is worship. God calls the church together by His Spirit in the name of Jesus to bring Him glory and praise. We were...

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Tags: vision 2018

Scripture to Pray as you Start

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday. View worship bulletins here >> A Prayer for the Start In response to the Start sermon series, Judy Ashton wrote the following in her journal and shared it with us. The Scriptures God impressed on her are appropriate for any start.  What...

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Tags: bulletins, start, worship

Six-Week Small Group; Decades-Long Friendships

Posted by Mary Frieg on

Once upon a time my husband and I joined a church in northern Ohio. After the membership class we were encouraged to be part of a small group for 6 weeks. Not a long commitment—just 6 weeks—sort of an experiment in small group community. So as good new members we did just that. You...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Try a Life Group Experiment

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Some years back I was in a meeting with a group of leaders in our church. We were asked to tell the story of "when First Pres became home.” The mic was wide open. One by one, leaders came forward and the stories poured out. A few themes emerged, but at the top of the list was...

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Tags: e-blast, life groups, start, worship

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