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New Years Eve: A Sign for the New Year — Sanctuary


This fun family service focused on ‘A Sign for the New Year.’  Whether the sign comes from the angels to the shepherds on that hillside above Bethlehem long ago, or it comes from a GPS system today that shows us where to go, Emmanuel – God with us – is a sign for us all.

Christmas Eve: Family Service, 10:30am


The Christmas Eve Family Service is a special tradition at the First Presbyterian Church.  Our children and youth presented an insightful message about the real meaning of Christmas, followed by a short sermon for children of all ages presented by Rev. Cochran.  Bet after listening to it, you won’t look at beef jerky the same […]

Advent: Herod — Sanctuary


When we think of the Christmas story, probably the first character that comes to mind in the story is King Herod, right?  No?  Honestly, that’s not likely to be anyone’s first answer, however King Herod does have some important lessons to teach us.  King Herod was the evil protagonist in the beautiful nativity story.  He was the one who […]

Christmas Memories (Chancel Choir Concert) — Sanctuary


What a beautiful way to highlight the Christmas season!  Thank you to our Chancel choir, the Fifth Season Ladies Ensemble and our soloists for the wonderful concert on Sunday. The featured music today was: CHORAL PRELUDES: “Caroling, Caroling” by Burt “Sing We Now of Christmas” arr. Prentice *CONGREGATIONAL CAROL  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” CHORAL MEMORIES: “The […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Sanctuary


We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

‘Chesed’ and Random Acts of Kindness — Sanctuary


Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Chochran […]