Advent Study

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Dear Friends, Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is before us, leaving us in the craziest part of the year. Decorations will.go up, trees will be trimmed presents will be bought and everythIng will happen at church. We will find ways to celebrate the season in style, through worship and parties alike, but through it […]

Considering the Four Reasons People Choose Not To Go To Church

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Dear Friends, Fall is officially upon us with a new school year in full swing and Christmas just around the corner. My pastoral brain is trying to put all the pieces together for the rest of the 2014 year of ministry here at Torrance First and I am realizing that there is so much to […]

The Apostle Peter’s Feet

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Peter’s feet, and how we ore called to follow them to Christ is the focus of Pastor Stacy’s current sermon series. As we look at his devoted and often human feet we consider how important feet are and how lost we would be without them. Our shoes are an important way in which we care […]

Looking at the Next Six Months of Ministry

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Dear Friends, I am not one who lives with hidden agendas or sneaky ways, but I am often looking at a bigger picture to see how pieces can fall into place for an eventual goal. Ministry is the most rewarding chess game I play. Pieces slowly move with a goal of finding ways of bringing […]

Discovering Critical Values Within the Church

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Dear Friends, In my first few weeks here at Torrance First I have discovered what I believe to be the two critical values within the church (outside of God and Christ). First, is family and second is food. If you took either of these elements out of a Sunday morning or any church gathering it […]

This Time of Transition

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I am looking with anticipation to the conversations I will be having with you, the wonderful meals we will be sharing, the time we will spend studying the Bible and discovering how it applies to our lives, and seeing how Christ is shining through your ministry.

Farewell Message from Pastor Bob and Marlou

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Dear Friends, Over the next few weeks, Marlou and I will be sorting and packing stuff; and that goes for the emotions and memories as well. When I sort through the wonderful activities and events in my mind, I’ll bring with me many remembrances—outreach lunches, Filipino heritage and Christmas feasts, recycling Saturdays, confirmation and membership […]