Pastor’s Message: Dec. 16, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US! Christmas is almost here! The busyness of the season is in full swing, I know, and that is certainly the case here at First Pres over the next few days. But in the midst of that busyness, I hope that you...

Pastor’s Message: Dec. 9, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: THE PRACTICE OF INTENTIONAL JOY Advent has become an increasingly unusual season in the Christian church because it stands in significant contrast to the way in which the general culture prepares for Christmas. In terms of our...

Pastor’s Message: Dec. 2, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: THE POWER IS IN THE STORIES Earlier this week, a meme was circulating in pastor groups online that showed a video clip of a megachurch that had at least eight drummers practicing for a Christmas service in its worship space....

Pastor’s Message – Nov. 23, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: ALREADY IN MOTION Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you will be able to spend this holiday time in a way that is special to you and allowed you to express your gratitude for all the blessings in your life. It is a quick pivot this...

Pastor’s Message: Nov. 18, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A THEOLOGICAL AFFIRMATION This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the Christian year; a new Christian year begins with the first Sunday of Advent on November 27. But this Sunday is not simply the last Sunday of the Christian year;...