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My Stubborn No Meets God’s Gracious Yes

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday, when we'll explore Jonah's reluctant answer to God's call on his life. In preparation, Pastor Katie Fowler shares her own Jonah moment, in which God was unfolding a story she couldn't see at first. View worship bulletins >> No way...

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Tags: bulletin, who knows, worship

Try a Life Group Experiment

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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

The Difference a Life Group Makes

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Looking for a smaller community within First Pres? A new wave of Life Groups is starting soon. The guest post below was written by Bryan Frame, and gives a taste of the difference a life group can make in our whole experience of church.  Church Happens in Small Groups One of my favorite...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Life Groups: A New Opportunity for Community

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Community. We want it. We were made for it. But it can feel hard to come by. When you find it? Oh, how sweet it is! At First Pres, we believe in the goodness of community. In the goodness of following Jesus together—of pursuing growth and transformation in the company of others. And we...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

GTW Backstories: Grace and Truth—Living in a Time of Chaos

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In this guest post, GTW teacher Junior McGarrahan shares some of the inspiration behind the class she will be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Using readings from Scripture, C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, we will...

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GTW Backstories: Nap Fit—Keeping the Sabbath as a Day of Rest

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In this guest post, GTW teacher Heather Bauman shares some of the inspiration behind the class she will be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Why don’t we do what we know we should do? In a culture which...

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GTW Backstories: Parenting the Love and Logic Way

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In this guest post, GTW teacher David Strehlow shares some of the inspiration behind the class he and his wife Susan will be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Would you like to take the stress out of...

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GTW Backstories: Casket EMPTY—A New Testament Overview

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In this guest post, GTW teacher Pastor David Freehling shares some of the inspiration behind the 10-week class he'll be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together Wednesdays, beginning January 10, 2018. Class Description Casket EMPTY is the second of a two-part course (Fall...

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GTW Backstories: Unmasking Your Soul

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In this guest post, GTW teacher Janine Robertson, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association, shares some of the inspiration behind the class she'll be teaching during the upcoming session of Growing Together...

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Advent Devotional Week 2: No Brighter Hope

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! During Advent, worship bulletins will be accompanied by this weekly Advent devotional. View worship bulletins >> Meditation by Katie Fowler, Pastor of Discipleship “Do you trust me?” Has anyone ever asked you that question before?...

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Tags: advent devotionals 2017, brighter, worship

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