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Charting New Waters

First Church, We know that our world is changing.  This is no secret.  And yet many times we seek to not change anything in how the church reaches a changing world.  We also know that some things never change.  Embracing Christ as Lord and Savior.  Loving God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength—and…

Merry Christmas

First Church, Merry Christmas! What a joy it is to celebrate Christmas with you! As you know, gifts are a key part of the way that we celebrate Christmas. We often exchange gifts with one another at this time of the year. We do this in the tradition of the magi who came to the…

Welcome

Merry Christmas to you! And welcome this night! We are so very glad that you are here! Regardless of what brought you to this place, we hope that tonight is truly part of a Merry Christmas for each one of you as we celebrate Jesus born among us. On this night, we have the opportunity…

21 Day Challenge

First Church, They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.  The thinking is that if you do something for 21 days in a row that it becomes familiar enough to us that it more easily becomes part of our daily patterns and routines. In light of this, I would like to ask everyone…

For Others as for Ourselves

First Church, Jesus is clear in scripture that we are to love and do for others as we love and do for ourselves.  Matthew 22:39directly says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  And Matthew 7:12 shares, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” We want to model this type of…

2017 Plan for Funding Ministry Update

First Church, At our most recent Lead Council meeting the 2017 Plan for Funding Ministry (i.e. budget) was unanimously passed.  Our Lead Council chair person, John Best, offers the following thoughts in regards to this process.  Please continue to keep all the members of our Lead Council in prayer as they help to prayerfully discern…

Whatever It Takes

First Church, I shared in a recent sermon that there are estimates by some researchers that there are now up to 6000 churches a year closing in our country.  People are no longer waking up on Sunday mornings looking for a church to attend.  What this means is that the church can no longer as…

A Legacy of Faith

First Church, Today we celebrate the lives of a number of loved ones connected with First Church who have passed on into glory over the past year.  We call this Sunday “All Saints” Sunday as we remember those who have left legacies of faith for us.  Days like today are bittersweet.  On the one hand…

Revive-ALL!

First Church, As blessed as First Church has been throughout its history, we know that it is easy to become too comfortable as a church.  And with too much comfort comes stagnation, a lack of urgency, and a lack of faith to fully rely on God.  We never want to be such a church. Beginning…

Tangible Transformation

First Church, We talk a lot about transformation.  Transformation is at the heart of our vision as we seek to focus upon and follow Christ with all of who we are.  We know that lives that experience Jesus Christ are forever changed… they are transformed!  This is why we pray and seek to live into…