Inspirations

Retreat to Move Ahead

Retreat to Move Ahead

Jesus of Nazareth in his life on earth made it a practice to retreat to special spots, such as a wilderness, a mountain, a hillside and a garden, for much needed prayer. For example, after he had fed the 5,000 (Mt. 14:23) he went up a mountain by himself to pray. Then he calmed the [...]

Mack Sisson: Reflections on being a Moderator

Mack Sisson: Reflections on being a Moderator

As Mack Sisson ends his term as Moderator for the Board of Deacons, he shares his thoughts on his diaconate experience.

Jan Gundersen: Looking back at Being of Service

Jan Gundersen: Looking back at Being of Service

When I was asked to serve as a Deacon two years ago, I wasn’t really sure what that would entail.  I knew there were many others with a stronger faith and more knowledge of the Bible than I, but one very wise person explained that

Personal Reflections on Becoming a Stephen Minister

Personal Reflections on Becoming a Stephen Minister

I was so excited a few years back when I learned Stephen Ministries was coming to First Pres. I had first heard something about it when I lived in St. Louis Missouri, where it actually had originated. It was apparently a wonderful way to support people in a congregation on a one on one basis, [...]

In the Spirit of Christmas

In the Spirit of Christmas

It was another week of magic moments and Christmas Season Celebrations.

Generosity begins with a Promise

Generosity begins with a Promise

As we approach our season of church budgets and stewardship, of planning for mission and ministry in 2012, I share these thoughts with you….