Life on Court Square

Life on Court Square

  1. We’re Hiring a Church Business Administrator

    First Pres is looking for the newest member of our team, a Church Business Administrator to coordinate the business affairs of the church, including providing direction and supervision for day-to-day functions of the church office staff.

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  2. God Works in the Rise and Fall of Nations

    I’m thinking someone needs to write a version of St. Augustine’s “City of God” for today.

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  3. Meet First Pres’ 10 new elders and deacons

    With a new year comes a new slate of leaders who have become elders and deacons at First Pres.”There is a lot of depth and richness and maturity” in this group, Pastor Jon Heeringa said during their recent installation.

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  4. Spiritual development opportunity right here in Harrisonburg

    The 2021 ECO National Gathering is a Virtual Conference that includes a weekend of leadership development, encouragement and a deep dive into God’s flourishing next step for your life and ministry. We want everyone in our church to register and participate!

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  5. What are you doing with the right now?

    The start of a new year always tugs our thinking both backwards and forwards. We reflect on 2020 with its hardships and blessings, and we look forward to 2021 hoping for an easier year and perhaps setting some goals. This is both natural and healthy, but what I’m thinking about and want you to think about is right now. 

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  6. 12 Books you should read in 2021

    It’s a new year, and a new opportunity awaits to dig in to some books to grow your faith walk. We asked some of First Pres’ leaders what would be on their 2021 must-read list. We got 12 recommendations, and hey, that’s enough for one each month. So, let’s go!

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  7. In 2020, ‘God showed up in a mighty way’

    Even in the midst of a pandemic that brought challenges to how we do ministry, First Pres is thriving and positioned for growth in 2021. Watch elder Lila Gardner reflect on First Pres’ 2020 and her hopes for the new year.

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  8. What were you expecting?

    I’m thinking about expectations today. Did you get what you expected for Christmas? 2020 was certainly not what we expected. Yet perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the unexpected.

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  9. The Silence of Advent, the Hallelujah of Christmas

    I stumbled on a quote today that fits so perfectly with some of what we unpacked last week looking at the carol “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”  The quote comes from Miles Davis who said, “In music, silence is more important than sound.”

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  10. The Weary World Rejoices

    The combination of anticipating lighting the “joy” candle in our advent wreath on Sunday and reading an excellent reflection titled “The Weary World Rejoices” has me thinking a lot about how to cultivate joy in the midst of our weary, waiting world.

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