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Hilarious Giving

Posted by Tim McConnell on

2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us “God loves a cheerful giver.” The Greek word for “cheerful” is hilaron, where we get our word “hilarious.” Are you ready for hilarious giving? What would need to happen in your life to become a hilarious giver, celebrating every...

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Celebrating CityServe Weekend

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Years ago at one of our first gatherings for our fledgling movement called ECO, a pastor from Florida named Hope Lee got up in front of us and asked this question: “If your church disappeared, would your city notice?” I have to say that was a convicting moment for me. I had never...

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What Language Does Jesus Speak?

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Aren’t you glad Jesus speaks English? When I think of Jesus, I think of Him as an English-speaker. Which is amazing when I stop to think about how far my daily common language actually is from the Aramaic and Hebrew Jesus of Nazareth used during His ministry on Earth. But He does speak...

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Our Rock in the Storm

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Waters are still rising in North Carolina. Our friends the Stratmans and their church are still far from home, evacuated to other parts of the South. Rev. Nate Stratman was on staff with us for many years, finished his education to be ordained here, and we were then able to support his next...

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Where Were You When ... ?

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today is a “Where were you when” day, isn’t it? Seventeen years ago we suffered a horrible attack on our nation, a murderous event that changed many of our lives. I remember my grandparents talking about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They remembered where they were when it...

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Work Is a Gift from God

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Did you have a nice Labor Day yesterday? Labor Day marks the end of summer, and I saw lots of posts this weekend about last trips to the pool. It’s a day to recognize those who work hard to keep our country going, and for us it is also a day to give thanks for work. Work is a gift from...

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What's Happening - Week of September 2

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, September 2 Join us for worship at 8:30, 9, 10 or 11 as we continue our sermon series, Lord. Pastor Tim McConnell will preach from Exodus 20:7. Adult Sunday Communities meet at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:00. Children's...

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New Colleagues in Ministry

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

As we launch into the fall season, the Lord continues to lead us in new and exciting ways. We welcomed Floyd Sebald and Andy Morrison onto our staff in the past few weeks, and if you were at the Town Hall on Sunday evening you had a chance to meet them. Floyd joins us as the director of our new...

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Christ Alone is Lord

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We had a very stirring kickoff Sunday this week. The place was packed with more people than we have seen any Sunday this year other than Easter! New classes started up—new Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry, new adult classes and piles of new Life Groups. What a great...

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He is Lord

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It’s time to jump on board! This weekend is our Fall Kickoff. We start a new series, launch our new Life Groups, kick off all our Student and Children’s programs and get going again. As things ramp up and become busy, I encourage you to put the most important things on the calendar...

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