March 8, 2018

Dear First Pres, 
     I hope you heard my heart on Sunday when I encouraged everyone to work on memorizing Matthew 6:5-15. I really do believe that it is one way we can walk in unity as a congregation during this Lenten season. In my own household, memorizing these verses has already proven to be a positive way of gathering us around the discipline of Scripture memorization. I believe the same can happen in our congregation as a whole.

March 1, 2018

Dear First Pres, 

   First, let's give thanks to God today for the rain He has sent our way. Thank you, Lord! And, with thanksgiving, please join me in asking God to give lots and lots of snow, so that our Valley might get the water it needs in the months ahead.

   Second, there are two important church conferences coming up this month that may sneak past you if you're not paying attention.

February 15, 2018

Dear First Pres,

   Do you know who Socorro Pelayo is? Socorro is a bus driver for Fresno Area Express who was noted in a Fresno Bee article for her help in protecting a young woman who was under attack. The Lord put her in the right situation at the right time while she wisely kept the young woman's attacker from getting on the bus. She quickly called the Fresno Police and the attacker was apprehended. I join the victim's mom in saying about Socorro, "I thank God for her."

February 8, 2018

Dear First Pres,
   First of all, thanks so much for a great Annual Meeting. If you missed it, you missed a wonderful time of celebrating what God has done and sharing about what is coming in 2018. Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Service award honorees: Rodney Kellenberger, Karon Chambers, and the Lees (Dick, Kim, & Scott). They have demonstrated above and beyond a commitment to the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian Church, so it was a privilege to celebrate them on Sunday.