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Modgnik recap: Relationships & Jesus

Modgnik recap: Relationships & Jesus

A group of 14 middle-schoolers recently attended Modgnik, a retreat that helps students discover how Jesus' kingdom is different than the ways of the world. Kathryn Hendricksen, one of the parents who mentored the 10 girls during the weekend, sent us this reflection...

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The good news in just 5 words

The good news in just 5 words

When it comes to telling others about Jesus, we often make it harder than it really is. What if it wasn't so complicated after all? And what if one of the most unlikely people in the Bible shows us the way? If we head to Jesus' tomb on the day of His resurrection, as...

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Check out these fall youth opportunities

Check out these fall youth opportunities

It's time for our regular youth programs to get started again at First Pres. Here are some highlights. Sunday Morning Discipleship Starting, on Sunday, Aug. 27, our discipleship groups and Sunday school classes are back between the worship services (10:15-11 a.m.)....

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What we’re praying for the new school year

What we’re praying for the new school year

God, we acknowledge that your Word is correct when it says that true wisdom comes from knowing you. So we pray that our children would not just accumulate facts as they learn. In their learning, let them see the Source of all that they learn: that you alone are God...

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The purpose of the Christian life: Be with Jesus

I’ve been thinking about the end, or purpose, of the Christian life and think it can be summed up as being with Jesus, knowing Jesus and doing what Jesus does. Over the next few weeks, I want to look at each of these starting with being with Jesus. Jesus died to save...

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Grow update: Construction starting soon

When we launched the Grow initiative in the spring, we set out on a mission to increase our love for those who don't know Jesus and to find ways to strengthen some of our ministries. Here are some updates on where we are with a few of the initiative's goals. Your...

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Slideshow: Stellar Summer JAM Camp

Stellar Summer JAM Camp showed kids ways they can shine Jesus' light to the people they know. The week includes lots of music, games, Bible lessons and art, all with this message: Shine for Jesus everyday! Here are a few scenes from the week. [gallery size="medium"...

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Meet the 8 elder & deacon candidates to start in 2024

Meet the 8 elder & deacon candidates to start in 2024

The First Pres Nominating Committee has presented a slate of leaders to begin three-year terms of service in January 2024. Elders make up the governing body of our church, which is called the Session. They are responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of the church as...

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