Pastor’s Message: April 10, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Completing the Lenten journey In our Mid-Week Update, I explained something of what Maundy Thursday and Good Friday would look like this year during Holy Week observances with First Pres this year. Today, I want to talk about what will happen on Holy Saturday,...

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Pastor’s Message: April 3, 2020

Read Pastor Austin’s Mid-Week Update for Wednesday, April 1 A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A different kind of journey Friends, we are about to enter Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday this Sunday. This, obviously, is going to be a different experience of Holy Week than we’ve ever had...

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Pastor’s Message: March 27, 2020

Mid-Week Update: March 25, 2020 Contemporary Service bulletin to print (for March 29) Traditional Service bulletin to print (for March 29) Sunday School experience (not live) A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Connecting in all kinds of ways Last week, one of our Elders wrote me a note responding to...

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Pastor’s Message: March 20, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: Just Getting Started! Dear Friends, Last Sunday, in our first digital worship service together, I said that church is not getting cancelled; church is just getting started. I’m pleased to tell you that, less than a week later, we are already well on our...

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Pastor’s Message: March 6, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7) I’m starting this pastoral message with that verse because I want to talk about our preparations for and responses to the spread...

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ONLINE! Lenten Conversations

THIS EVENT IS NOW ONLINE Wednesday, April 1 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ** Need help connecting to ZOOM? Try this video (check the text below it for other options): https://bit.ly/2TZxUrM We’re going ONLINE with our Lenten Conversations! Enjoy your meal at home and join us via your computer, laptop, iPad...

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Pastor’s Message: Feb. 28, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A Deeper Practice In my Ash Wednesday sermon this week, I talked about how the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to help orient our hearts towards God, to seek the treasure of our lives in God’s presence with us, and purpose for us. The...

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Pastor’s Message: Feb. 21, 2020

MESSAGE FROM REV. SUE BENNETCH: “For dust you are…” Next Wednesday, Feb. 26 is the beginning of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.  In the Christian tradition it begins with Ash Wednesday,  which was officially recognized in the church in the 13th century, a 40 day season of reflection...

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Community Workshop: Constructive Conversations

We invite you to a community presentation, “Constructive Conversations: Engaging Our Faith in Public Life” on Saturday, Feb. 29. Rev. J.C. Austin will lead an exploration of some basic commitments and tools that people of faith can use to be active citizens and good neighbors, especially in divisive times. The...

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