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austin's update 11/29

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Posted by Austin Hill on

Thanksgiving has come and passed. And with Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. I write this article to you on Giving Tuesday. What is giving Tuesday? It’s a time where people are starting to recognize that so much of the last week has been about finding the best deals...

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sara's update 11/22

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Posted by Sara Hill on

I returned from my CREDO (rhymes with “play-doh”) conference with my cup overflowing. This conference, put on by our denomination, was the best one I’ve ever attended. CREDO aimed at encouraging pastors to be healthy in all areas of their life. We heard lectures on physical...

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austin's update 11/8

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Posted by Austin Hill on

A highlight of autumn comes every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Men from our church start cooking as early as 4am. The church kitchen is abuzz with activity while delicious aromas fill the church building. After second service, our church gathers together in the Christian Life Center...

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austin's update 10/25

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Posted by Austin Hill on

This last weekend, I became a true Iowan. I had the privilege of attending my first Iowa football game. It was a beautiful day for a game. Too bad the score wasn’t beautiful. Iowa just couldn’t get into the end no matter how hard they tried. And once they did, the refs didn’t...

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austin's update 10/11

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Posted by Austin Hill on

Throughout this fall, many of the pastors in our Presbytery have been reading a book called Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. The Macedonian Ministry cohorts within our Presbytery represent roughly 25 pastors who gather monthly for study, prayer, worship, and sharing a...

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sara's update 9/27

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Posted by Sara Hill on

I’ve always been a fan of the Manning family. From when Archie played football at Ole Miss while my dad and uncles were there, to Peyton and the Colts and Eli with the Giants, my family has always rooted for their team. (Except, of course, when the Giants play the Eagles. Then I can't root...

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austin's update 9/27

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Posted by Austin Hill on

While many were watching the first Presidential debate last night, I was returning home from a visit to First Presbyterian Church, Lakota. While there, Dave Feltman and I represented the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, discussing creative ways to function as the church in the years...

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austin's update 9/13

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            For those who missed our congregational meeting this last Sunday, we are excited to announce the launch the Psalm 98 campaign! Psalm 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth.” Through this campaign we seek to do just that...

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sara's update 9/13

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Posted by Sara Hill on

Dear Friends, Author Glennon Doyle Melton, in her new book Love Warrior, writes “I wonder why it’s so much easier to be honest with strangers than with family.” We pondered this question together in worship on Sunday. One reason could be that with strangers, we don’t...

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sara's update 8/30

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My family had a great time at the Home Fest at First this weekend. In particular, the kids loved the Donut Man, the bouncy house, the face-painting, and the outdoor worship service both Saturday night and Sunday morning. As we were driving home on Saturday night Lylah said, “mom, guess...

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