Posts by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

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Friday, October 6th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, The latest update from Phil, Lucy and Shirley is that all have made it to Thiruvananthapuram, India, safely (say that three times fast!). They have already participated in a retreat along with students from the Bible College our church supports. Beginning Monday, all three of them will be teaching classes at the […]

Friday, September 29th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, I don’t know if you have ever noticed that Phil and I often begin these devotionals by calling all of us relatives. (Notice how I began this very email with “Dear Church family”?) There is a reason for that. God is called by many names in scripture—Lord, Holy One, King—and God is […]

Friday, September 22nd

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, I was doing one of my stoplight devotionals this morning—that is when I read one of the scriptures I’ve printed on an index card that I keep in my car’s cup holder; yes, while at a stoplight. Anyway, today’s scripture was Psalm 24. The entire psalm is shared below but it’s first […]

Friday, September 8th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, This Saturday at 2pm we are celebrating and blessing the 100th house with River Valley Habitat for Humanity. All are welcome to attend this short ceremony; details and directions are at the bottom of this e-votional. Our congregation was honored to sponsor this house, just as we sponsored the very first Habitat […]

Friday, August 24th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, This morning the church’s custodian Curtis Mitchell walked in my office and told me this story. He said: “A man in my church asked me a couple of weeks ago, ‘What would you have tomorrow if all you had was what you’d given thanks for today?’ Well,” said Curtis, “I thought about […]

Friday, August 11th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, We are continuing our study of the Letter to the Philippians in church this weekend. This letter from Paul offers some of the most well-known and beloved quotes from all of Scripture. Here is one from chapter 2: “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing […]

Friday, August 4th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, First Presbyterian has hosted 65 children at Vacation Bible School this week! Yes, it has been as noisy and busy as you are imagining. [NOTE: If you would like to see some fun pictures from the week, there will be a slideshow running in the Parlor all Sunday morning for any who […]

Friday, July 21st

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, During this season of travel, we are continuing with our traveling songs from the Psalms of Ascent. Today’s psalm is one of the shortest, only 3 verses long, and may not be as well known to you. It is Psalm 131: My heart is not proud, O Lord,  my eyes are not […]

Friday, July 14th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, In this month of much travel, we are continuing to consider the great traveling songs of the Bible, the Psalms of Ascent (see last week’s e-votional for more about these psalms). This week we have the beautiful and deeply honest song of Psalm 130:   “Out of the depths I cry to […]

Friday, July 7th

by Rev. Tasha Blackburn

Dear Church family, As we settle into the heat of July, many of us are travelling. In response, we will consider some of the travelling songs in the Bible. These songs are called the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalms 120-134) and they were sung by folks as they traveled to Jerusalem for various Holy Days. They can […]