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October 22, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Greetings to family and friends of First Pres, Today, as a result of our incursion with Hurricane Irma, we finally get to celebrate the ‘nonagenarians’ in our midst. Lifting them up in our annual ‘Over 90’s Luncheon,’ which is hosted by the Deacons, gives us the opportunity to celebrate them and their service to the […]

October 15, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Greetings to one and all, We have ‘fallen’ into October and the month is already half over. The month of October has brought with it many activities, and one which we always look forward to is Reformation Sunday, which falls on the last Sunday of the month and is when we as a church celebrate […]

October 8, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Good morning, family and friends of First Pres! One of the most meaningful hands-on mission opportunities available to you is fast approaching and we invite you to take part in it!  Friday, October 20 is the day we host I-Dignity on our church campus. It is a ministry whereby the church partners with local and […]

October 1, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Dear family and friends of First Pres, Today is World Communion Sunday when churches of all denominations throughout the world come together and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. It’s a day when we, like Paul has been encouraging us in Philippians, to be of one mind and spirit!  To that end, I want us to […]

September 24, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Dear family and friends of First Pres, I remember as a child taking I-75 down to Highway 60 and then driving across the state through Yee Haw Junction heading to my  grandparents’ house in Vero Beach.   Yes, this was before the Turnpike was ever built!   The drive took forever to accomplish and I […]

September 17, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Dear family and friends of First Pres, Thank God from whom all blessings flow that each of us made it through Irma this week! Some or you escaped to the mountains of North Carolina while some of you made it as far as Valdosta. Some are saying our state’s evacuation was the largest mass evacuation […]

September 10, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Greetings to one and all, Today, we welcome the Rev. Liudmila Hernandez from El Centro Presbytery of Cuba. Rev. Liudmila is the full time pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Sancti Spiritus, as well as having oversight responsibility for the Presbyterian Churches in Taguasco and Meneses. Born and raised in Havana, Rev. Liudmila graduated from the […]

September 3, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Greetings to one and all, This past week we were once again reminded of the fragility of life as Stetson student, 19 year old Nick Blakely, died after feeling unwell following a football practice session. Our hearts go out to Nick’s family as well as the whole Stetson Community and I would ask that you […]

August 27, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Greetings to one and all, Ladies, as you look around today you may notice that a number of you are wearing a blue pashmina. This is the item of clothing of choice that the Presbyterian Women (PW) wear as a symbol that they are involved in a PW circle. The circles will begin to gather […]

August 20, 2017 – Pastor’s Letter

by Kristen

Dear family and friends of First Pres, A week does not go by without someone from the larger DeLand community pulling me aside and saying something about our preschool. I’ve met men and women well into their late fifties telling me, “I remember I went there as a little kid and my own grandchildren have […]