News Archives : September 2016

First Taste of Grace

September 29, 2016

God’s unconditional, unmerited love is most accessible to me at the Lord’s Table.  In the simple elements of bread and cup, I am assured beyond any shadow of doubt that God is with me, that I am loved.  As a minister of the church, I have the immense blessing of... read more

I Believe In “The Mystery”

September 26, 2016

By our dearly departed Rev. Wallace Chappell By Mystery I have in mind “the Reality behind God Language.” I have come to view it mystically, not as the contemplatives strive for oneness with “The Holy”; but most as a non-physical, non-material entity, experienced intuitively and mentally, as in St. Augustin’s... read more

I Am FOR Giving

September 21, 2016

By Lauren Syler Weedon “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  Second Corinthians 9:7 One of the things that drew me to FirstChurch was its history of being a force for change in the community. ... read more

I Am For Giving

September 14, 2016

By Megan Stoker In Acts 20, the Risen Christ said “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. As I think about giving within the context of First Church, I sometimes feel that I give BECAUSE of the blessings I have received. I have shared in so many ministry... read more

Learning to Show Up

September 12, 2016

By Diana Carranza I used to have a sort-of life motto: "I don't do anything I'm not good at." If my husband asked me if I wanted to join his softball team, or a friend suggested I join them for karaoke, or really anyone asked me to do something that... read more

I Am For Giving

September 8, 2016

By Weldon Bailey Whenever I think of giving to the church, I am reminded of an experience from my childhood. My brothers and I were helping my dad with a project at our small town church. The church had bought an abandoned house next door to the church property. A... read more

How Tim Effler Found the Organ

September 6, 2016

As we look forward to Tim Effler's concert this weekend, we became curious about how he chose the organ... Thank you, Tim, for your beautiful music and sharp wit. Concert: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary Childcare provided Free What compelled you to play the organ? As a... read more