Laity Sunday
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Laity Sunday

This week we are excited to share at Tifton First that Kathryn Kozma will be preaching in the contemporary worship service this Sunday, October 17th in honor of Laity Sunday. Kathryn is married to Christian Kozma and has helped lead in the contemporary worship service by playing the piano and singing. She is also active...

What’s the Password?
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What’s the Password?

When I had to step in and start trying to handle mom’s business, I ran into a lot of hurdles. Everything, and I mean everything had a password – her answering machine, her bank accounts, her alarm system, her pension… The problem was, most of those had been setup after the early onset of her dementia, and...

Gideon’s Sunday
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Gideon’s Sunday

This Sunday we’ll be celebrating the ministry of the Gideons, by having some of our own share the Good News with us. I hope you will make it a point to be there to support them. We’ll be out of town, but will come back on Monday.    Next Saturday, October 16th, I will be hosting the What...

What’s Around the Bend?
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What’s Around the Bend?

When I went to go on my canoe trip across the state (I basically paddled from Helen to Rome, when I was in the 8th Grade), they showed us an American Red Cross film entitled, “What’s Around the Bend?” In it, it reenacted a drowning of a canoer on the river. And the theme was, you never...

Do You Have Hope?
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Do You Have Hope?

I’m writing this on Saturday afternoon, before I officiate Bonitta Bowman’s funeral service. I’ve already gotten an urgent call to prayer from Tom Coogle’s uncle’s pastor, for Tom’s uncle, who was in one of my former churches. Last night I saw an email from the conference, that one of my pastor friends had lost his daughter-in-law, and...

UPDATES ON PROGRAMMING
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UPDATES ON PROGRAMMING

I wanted to give you an update on where we are with the programming at Tifton First, as we continue to navigate through the crazy waters of COVID. This coming Sunday, our Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes will resume their in-person classes. The Christian Covenant class will resume meeting in-person as well. They join the adult classes...

Staying in Community with One Another
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Staying in Community with One Another

“From Social Media to Social Ministry” by Nona Jones is a very informational book I am currently reading that details how the church can effectively reach people. With today’s rapidly evolving technology, how does the church stay relevant and up to date with these changes?  Looking back at summer and all that the Youth were doing, I know I was...

PRAY
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PRAY

I grew up watching the news. As a 5th grader, I remember watching in horror as the US rushed to pull it’s last folks out of South Vietnam, ahead of the fall of Saigon. I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t understand why we were fleeing, and it didn’t look like we had much military coverage for our people, as helicopters...

IN PERSON OR ONLINE?
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IN PERSON OR ONLINE?

It looks like we’re back to the point of very limited in-person attendance and more folks joining us online again. I keep being asked, “Are we having church?” My response today is, we’re going to keep the doors open if at all possible. We may be told to shut down in-person attendance with a shelter-in-place order from government...

LIFE GOES ON
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LIFE GOES ON

Things are pretty crazy right now. The Covid numbers in our community are through the roof, and so are the strep, ear infections, and sinus infections. There’s no question that people are concerned, and as people are getting sick, they naturally get concerned about worst case scenarios. We want you to be aware, take the proper precautions, but  continue to...