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Michael’s Missives September 25, 2018

First Pres Community – I know it is Tuesday, but I will be at a conference tomorrow.  So, since the Chiefs are doing so well, I thought you would enjoy this which a parishioner shared with me: Twelve Reasons Why I Have Decided to Quit Going to Games The coach never came to see me. […]

Michael’s Missives September 19, 2018

First Pres Community – Floodwater.  I remember piling sandbags to keep water out of a parishioner’s home…and moving furniture upstairs.  It was the winter of 1996 when a rare snowstorm was followed by weeks of rain.  All creeks flooded…even the Willamette River started to overflow into downtown Portland.  My parishioners home took in a foot […]

Michael’s Missives September 12, 2018

First Pres Community – First – Hurricane Florence should prompt our urgent prayers.  I know we will be hearing of ways we can help relief efforts, but right now be in prayer for all in harm’s way and all affected by this threatening storm.  Many of us have family in this area and are rightly […]

Michael’s Missives September 5, 2018

First Pres Community – Carol Combs.  Carol Combs passed away yesterday morning.  Carol and her husband Wayne are members of our church and regular attenders at our 11am service.  A Service to celebrate Carol’s life will be held this Friday at the church at 2pm.  Visitation will be at the church at 1pm.  Please keep […]

Michael’s Missives, August 29,2018

First Pres Community – New Church Year, Senator McCain, and Labor Day Weekend. TONIGHT begins the new year for Bells at 6:30pm and Choir at 7:30pm! Their first Sunday singing and ringing will be September 9th, our Kick-Off/Rally Day. It will be great to have them back and it is great to welcome new Director […]

Michael’s Missives, August 22, 2018

First Pres Community – Celebration and self-control. Interesting mixture in Worship this Sunday. Self-control. I love peanut M&Ms. I could (and have) made a meal out of them. And every Sunday, it seems, in the Outer Narthex is a nice big bowl of M&Ms. And every Sunday, we pray “and lead us not into temptation.” […]

Michael’s Missives, August 14, 2018

First Pres Community – I’m baaack.  Just in time for the start of school and Commitments Week, but first… Leona Tannahill died and entered the Church Triumphant this past Friday.  We just learned of it yesterday.  Her service will be tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15, 11am, at Johnson Country Funeral Chapel (11200 Metcalf, OP).  Visitation will […]

Michael’s Missives June 20, 2018

First Pres Community – TRAVELING DAY CAMP begins next Monday!  Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  40 Campers signed up; volunteer positions filled.  What we need now are your prayers.  Prayers for our Campers (12 are new to our church) and their families.  Prayer for our Team (who arrive and set up Sunday afternoon).  Prayers for our Leaders, Helpers, […]

Michael’s Missives June 27, 2018

First Pres Community – “Be True to Your School” was a great song by the Beach Boys.  Now seems a “be true” time. For me, a graduate of Oregon State University who is playing Arkansas currently for the College World Series…well, you know who I am rooting for (and why I am sleep deprived…Go Beavs!) […]

Michael’s Missives July 5, 2018

First Pres Community – The day after.  The day after Independence Day.  The day after the fireworks go off so late and loud.  The day after a regular missive goes out.  The day after the grandkids head back to CO.  The day after.  (Wasn’t there a movie by that name?) Anyway…we are back at it. […]