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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends of First Pres,

I am still basking in the joyous Sunday we shared this past week when both Nic and I officially became the pastors and Teaching Elders during our installations and/or ordination. As the choir sang last week, there really is a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place! Pastors Nic and Chris, and myself, are so grateful for the myriad of hands that contributed to making last Sunday a banner day for the life of our community! If you were unable to join us last Sunday, CLICK HERE to watch the Contemporary Service live stream and CLICK HERE to watch the Traditional Service.

This week, I am departing from preaching on the lectionary text and have decided to address an issue that continues to be front and center in our national news as of late. I feel compelled to have a frank message on the issue of suicide – what it is; what the Bible says about it; and what do we think as Christ-Followers ‘happens’ to those who have taken this tragic path. The issue is a thought-full one, and for some, may hit close to home with loved-ones or people you know. My point is not to make people uncomfortable; my desire is that we as Christians begin to de-stigmatize the illness of depression and its most insidious form of expression.

Are there people you know who may need to hear this message and Good News? Prayerfully invite them to church and let’s see what God does through your invitation! The two scriptures for this week are Psalm 121 and the preaching text will come from Matthew 27:3-10. I encourage you to take a look at these texts before you come.

Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Proclaim the Good News of Jesus wherever you go and be his loving hands and feet to the world!  I am

Your pastor and friend,

Patrick