Come As You Are (But Don’t Stay That Way)

Let’s just say it: this is a crazy story. Most of us have been invited to at least one wedding at some point in our lives that we didn’t really want to attend: a third cousin who’s just fishing for presents, a co-worker whom you barely know that wants to show off, and...

Pastor’s Message: March 8, 2024

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: CELEBRATING BAPTISM This Sunday, we are celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism during the 11 a.m. worship service, which is always a special occasion. Given that, I want to follow up on the discussion about Communion last week to...

Jesus Skipping Rocks

  “Did you know a rock can float?” I looked at my grandfather as we both stood on the edge of the fishing pond. Even at seven years old or so, I knew that he had a terrible poker face, and sure enough, the sides of his mouth were twitching with the effort to keep...

Pastor’s Message: March 1, 2024

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: THE STORY OF COMMUNION This Sunday, as with every first Sunday of the month here at First Pres, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion in the Traditional worship service. In the Presbyterian Church, like most Protestant...

Losing Isn’t Everything…

Two minutes before wrestling practice started, I was in the mat room, stretching. I had that familiar knot in the pit of my stomach that I had before every wrestling practice in high school. But on this day, it was a particularly large and potent one, because the...