December 6, 2017

First Pres Community –

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”. Since today is “St. Nicholas Day”…a little about the man behind the legend. Nicholas was born in 270, entered the priesthood and became the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (Turkey). Miracles associated with his prayers later elevated him to Catholic sainthood and his secret gift-giving gave rise to who we now know as “Santa Claus”.

But there is more to the story. In 325, Nicholas was invited to attend the First Council of Nicea…think “Nicene Creed”. “Is the Son really God?” was the debate. Is the Son eternal or did he come into being at the Incarnation? “Begotten, not made” was how they finally worded it deciding for eternal (thankfully for all of us they got it right). Legend has it that the argument got so heated that Arius, who proposed that the Son was created by the Father was actually slugged in the face…by Nicholas! It makes me chuckle when I sing “Santa Claus is coming to town”. You better BE good!

THIS SUNDAY OUR LOGOS CHILDREN AND YOUTH WILL PRESENT “THE CHRISTMAS CAROL SPECIAL REPORT” (a Christmas Musical) at both the 9am and 11am Services. It is always a treat. The mini-sermon will be “God’s Christmas Gift of Faith”.

THIS SUNDAY at 5pm is our ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY. Bring a dish to share (turkey & ham provided), sing some carols, fellowship with friends, bring your friends.

This Saturday at 7:30am is the monthly Men’s Breakfast. Logos will practice their production, 9-12. Children not in Logos can come, 9-10, to learn and join in a special part of the musical.

Next THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, Keenagers with host Sounds of Summit from Lee’s Summit High School for their annual Christmas concert here. Concert at 11:30 followed by lunch for $5. Signup on the Narthex.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 – Our Choir will perform “Night of the Father’s Love“ Cantata at the 11am service. The denomination’s Christmas Joy Offering will be received at both services.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 – Logos, Men, & Mission serve dinner and carol John Calvin Manor at 5:30pm. You are welcome to join in the fun!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 10am one morning service of Lessons and Carols
4pm Family oriented Traditional Christmas Eve service
5:30pm Contemporary Christmas Eve service with Praise Band
7:30pm Traditional Christmas Eve service with Choir

Don’t forget tonight, Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm for all 1st-12th Graders. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

Lastly, signups are out for Youth pies and for Poinsettias…Mitten Tree is out also.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Your pastor and friend Michael

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November 15

 

 

November 15, 2017

 

First Pres Community –

 

 

 

This Sunday, November 19 –

 

10am COMBINED WORSHIP

 

11ish  ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION

 

 

 

How is that for BIG news?

 

During Worship, 9ers and 11ers, will be together as ONE church as we reaffirm our Baptismal vows, as we receive new members, and as we commission 3 Task Forces who have been working on what is next for our church.

 

In preparation for the Annual Meeting, copies of the Annual Report are in the Narthex along with the 2018 Budget adopted by Session.  The slate of new Elders (Class of 2019) is: Tom Beaver, Alex Calder, Lance Dwyer, Becky Gordy, and Randy Stone; reupping: Neal Bellamy, Sandy Eberhard, Robin Johnson, Alex Olson.  The slate for the 2018 Nominating Committee At-Large representatives is: John Ball, Marg Bandre, Don Buss, and Judy Rogers.

 

Everyone is encouraged to be come.

 

Also Sunday evening at 6pm is the Community Thanksgiving Worship Service by the Ministerial Alliance.  It will be held at the LDS Church (850 SE Church Street).  All are welcome.

 

Tonight, Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm for all 1st-12th Graders.  Dinner at 5:30, then classes/groups and activities rotate through every half hour. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

 

Next week, there will be no missive as it will be a shortened week due to Thanksgiving.  I will bring a Thanksgiving message on Sunday, November 26 at both services.

 

Lastly, thank you to everyone who worked on last weekend.  The Holiday Festival, Church Anniversary, and CROON concert were all outstanding!!!   A special thank you to Judy Holcomb and her team, Tom Eagle and his crew, Tom & Roxee Beaver, Sharon Pyburn, and many, many others!!!  Thank you all.

 

And have a blessed Thanksgiving week!

 

SEE YOU SUNDAY AT 10am !!!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love

 

Michael’s Missive November 1

November 1, 2017

 

First Pres Community –

 

Happy All Saint’s Day!  Dating back to 750AD, November 1 has been a day when Christians remember and revere those who have entered the Church Triumphant.  And yes, there was a Halloween tie-in…but not to what Halloween has morphed into today.  All Saint’s Day is like a Christian Memorial Day.  A day to give thanks to God for Paul and Junia, for Luther and Knox, for Berg and Miller, and for all those godly people who have gone before us including those who have personally touched your life.  May you have a blessed day as you do so.

 

All Saint’s Day is a perfect start to our season of Thanksgiving where a number of celebrations will occur.

 

THIS SUNDAY, at the 11am service, we will be “Celebrating the Years of Music with Helen” (Martin).  At both the 9am and the 11am service, we will give thanks to God for all the saints, the sermon will be “Celebrate with Music”, and Communion will be observed.  At 10am, during our Faith and Fellowship time, there will be Sunday School classes for all ages.  Nursery care is provided all morning.

 

THIS WEEKEND, we partner with Chapel Hill Church to present a Community Awareness Suicide Training event called “Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation.”  Friday evening is free, 7-9pm, open to all.  Saturday is all day training that costs $10 with spots still available.  Registration for Saturday is required at:  www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-shop-for-leaders-tickets-37702219353.  (This just in: If you enter the promo code “Jesus” when you register then you won’t have to enter payment info.)  Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church is located at 3108 Westbound US 40 Hwy in Blue Springs.

 

NEXT WEEKEND…

Thursday, November 9, Keenagers at the church, $5 for lunch at Noon, program by Hearing Health Associates.

Saturday, November 11 is our Annual Holiday Festival, 9-Noon in our Fellowship Hall.  Lots of vendors for your holiday shopping.  Breakfast available ($3).  Donations of laundry detergent to support our neighbors at John Calvin Manor are welcome.  Also, at 7:30am, Men’s  Group will have their monthly breakfast and meeting downstairs in the Center Room.

Sunday, November 12 is our 160/50/20 CHURCH ANNIVERSARY Celebration, 2-4pm.  Come greet former members and staff and guests, enjoy the memorabilia and stories, and celebrate this wonderful church.  Rededication prayer at 3pm.

Monday, November 13, at 6:30pm is CROON (a cabaret show) in a benefit concert for FPCLS renovation projects.  Check Todd Murray and the combo out at: https://toddmurray.com/   They sing across the country and have won numerous awards.  Tickets are $25 and available in the Narthex.

 

Looking ahead…

Sunday, November 19, Combined Worship at 10am with the Annual Meeting of the Congregation following.  Everyone is encouraged to be there.

 

Lastly, TONIGHT, is Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm for all 1st-12th Graders.  Dinner at 5:30, then classes/groups and activities rotate through every half hour. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

 

Set you clocks back on Saturday night and I will see you at the correct time on Sunday!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Ps – Thank you to all who participated in our Trunk or Treat and Chili Cookoff last weekend.  There were lots of people and lots of fun!

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love

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Michael’s Missive November 8

November 8, 2017

 

First Pres Community –

 

THE BIG WEEKEND IS HERE…and you are invited to everything!!!

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, Keenagers at the church, $5 for lunch at Noon, program by Hearing Health Associates.  Let Sharon know you are coming so she can plan accordingly.

 

THIS Saturday, November 11 is our Annual Holiday Festival, 9-Noon in our Fellowship Hall.  Lots of vendors for your holiday shopping.  Breakfast available ($3).  Donations of laundry detergent to support our neighbors at John Calvin Manor are welcome.

 

Also, this Saturday, at 7:30am, Men’s Group will have their monthly breakfast and meeting downstairs in the Center Room.

 

THIS Sunday, November 12 is our 160/50/20 CHURCH ANNIVERSARY Celebration, 2-4pm.  Come greet former members and staff and guests, enjoy the memorabilia and stories, and celebrate this wonderful church.  Rededication prayer at 3pm.

 

Also, this Sunday, Worship at both 9am and 11am services will celebrate our past and recognize our veterans.  At 10am, there is fellowship and Sunday School for all ages.

 

THIS Monday, November 13 IS CROON (a cabaret show) in a benefit concert for FPCLS, 6:30pm, at our church.  Check Todd Murray and the combo out at: https://toddmurray.com/   They sing across the country and have won numerous awards.  Tickets are $25 and available in the Narthex on Sunday and at the door Monday evening.  Contact Tom or Roxee Beaver if you have questions or if cost is a factor (we do not want the cost to deter anyone from coming).

 

Whew.

 

Also…

Tonight, Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm for all 1st-12th Graders.  Dinner at 5:30, then classes/groups and activities rotate through every half hour. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

Sunday, November 19, Combined Worship at 10am with the Annual Meeting of the Congregation following.  (Printed information will be out this Sunday.) Everyone is encouraged to be there.

Sunday evening, 6pm, Community Thanksgiving Worship Service by the Ministerial Alliance at the LDS Church (850 SE Church Street).

 

Lastly, our thoughts and prayers for all affected by the church shooting in Texas.  Please know that we do take steps here for your safety…especially when we gather for Sunday Worship.

 

See you Sunday…if not before!!!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love

Michael’s Missive October 25

First Pres Community –

 

Thank God Jesus saves…because I thought all of my documents were deleted!

 

Trying to free up space on my tablet, I deleted most of my documents not knowing I was deleting them from the cloud also.  That I discovered when I got on my work desktop Monday morning.  I, not so happily, began recreating everything I had been working on.  Tuesday morning though, for some reason, I checked the recycle bin on my desktop.  I had emptied it on my tablet, but for whatever reason (I’m claiming God’s grace) there were all 2000 documents.  I have been restored!  Thanks be to God!  “Jesus saves” has taken on a whole new meaning! (Plus God led with a ”pillar of cloud”, spoke from a cloud, and Jesus will come on the clouds!!)

 

Now on with everything else…

 

First, a big THANK YOU to all who participated in and provided for our Mission Weekend.  It blesses this pastor’s heart when parishioners engage in mission.  God bless you all!

 

Second, THANK YOU to all who have turned in a 2018 pledge card.  These are vital for your discipleship and for Session acting wisely in planning ahead.  If you haven’t yet, cards can still be dropped off or mailed in anytime.  God bless all of you also!

 

TONIGHT, is Logos. 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  All 1st-12th Graders welcome (they will need to be registered).  Dinner at 5:30, then classes/groups and activities rotate through every half hour. Also Bells at 6:30, Choir at 7:30, and Nursery care all evening.

 

THIS SUNDAY is Reformation Sunday (500TH Anniversary) and we will conclude our Romans series.  In addition to Worship at 9am and 11am, at 10am there will be Sunday School classes for all ages and nursery care.

 

THIS SUNDAY, beginning at 4pm, is our annual Trunk or Treat at 4pm.  Chili Cook Off at 5pm.  Please sign up to participate.  We will also collect toilet paper donations for John Calvin Manor.  Come enjoy the fun!  $3 person/$10 a family.

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

On the weekend of November 3-4, we partner with Chapel Hill Church in Blue Springs to present a Suicide Awareness program called “Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation.”  Friday evening is free, open to all.  Saturday is all day training that costs $10.  Registration for Saturday is required at:  www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-shop-for-leaders-tickets-37702219353

Sunday, November 5, the 11am service will be “Celebrating Years of Music with Helen” upon Helen Martin’s 96th birthday.

Saturday, November 11 is our annual Holiday Event, 9-Noon.

Sunday, November 12 is our 160/50/20 Church Anniversary Celebration, 2-4pm.  Write a memory for the Memory Book, invite former members, come see the memorabilia and enjoy the time together.

Monday, November 13, at 6:30pm is CROON (a cabaret show) in a benefit concert for FPCLS.  Check them out at: https://toddmurray.com/   They sing across the country and have won numerous awards.  Tickets are $25 and available in the Narthex.  Attached is a press release about Todd Murray and this benefit concert.

 

Lastly, quick trip to CO to play with grandkids for a few days.  Contact Stephen Leaders John Fields or Sharon Pyburn if you need pastoral assistance between now and Sunday.

 

See you Sunday!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

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Michael’s Missive October 18

First Pres Community –

 

Our 2nd Annual Mission Weekend is this weekend.  It is too easy for churches to become inwardly focused when Jesus sends all out to be his church in the world.  Many of you are involved regularly in serving others outside these 4 walls.  This church is great at giving to causes, taking on projects, and having people volunteer at our local agencies.  We are the church in the world as we do these things and I commend you for doing them.  This weekend though is a way to bring an outward focus for us all together.

 

So, Saturday, groups of you will be serving at: Lee’s Summit Social Services from 10-2, Harvesters from 1-3, and City Union Mission from 4-6.  Also on Saturday, at the church you can put together Christmas baskets for Operation Christmas Child. Then on Sunday, more Christmas boxes will be assembled during the Faith and Fellowship hour.

 

If you are not able to do something, then pray…which truly does make a difference!

 

THIS SUNDAY we will also be receiving pledge cards or you can drop them off or mail them in.  I will preach on Romans 12 which is all about our serving others.  In addition to Worship at 9am and 11am, at 10am there will be Sunday School classes for all ages and nursery care.

 

TONIGHT, there are NO Logos or Youth Group (due to Parent-Teacher Conferences). There will be Bells at 6:30 and Choir at 7:30.

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

Sunday, October 29, beginning at 4pm, is our annual Trunk or Treat at 4pm.  Chili Cook Off at 5pm.  Please sign up to participate.  We will also collect toilet paper donations for John Calvin Manor.  Come enjoy the fun!  $3 person/$10 a family.

On the weekend of November 3-4, we partner with Chapel Hill Church in Blue Springs to present a Suicide Awareness program called “Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation.”  Friday evening is free, open to all.  Saturday is all day training that costs $10.  Registration for Saturday is required at:  www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-shop-for-leaders-tickets-37702219353

Saturday, November 11 is our annual Holiday Event, 9-Noon.

Sunday, November 12 is our 160/50/20 Church Anniversary Celebration, 2-4pm.  Write a memory for the Memory Book, invite former members, come see the memorabilia and enjoy the time together.

Monday, November 13, at 6:30pm is CROON (a cabaret show) in a benefit concert for FPCLS.  Check them out at: https://toddmurray.com/   They sing across the country and have won numerous awards.  Tickets are $25 and available in the Narthex.

 

In mission with you,

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Michael’s Missive August 30

First Pres Community –

 

Nature.  Wonder and devastation.  Praise and prayer.  Exaltation and intercession.

 

First, the eclipse.  Awe.  A jaw-dropping sight and experience that I will never forget.  The entire vacation was wonderful.  Beach time, time together, Portland time, time with friends, Timbers games, Central Oregon time, time with our son; it was all a wonderful time, but the eclipse eclipsed them all.

 

Second, Harvey.  Concern.  It has been heartbreaking to see and hear of the devastation of this hurricane (and now tropical storm).  How do we respond?  First, pray.  First and foremost, pray. Second, give.  Give as you are able and led by God to do.  Give to the American Red Cross who works with FEMA as first responders.  Give to the Disaster Fund here at First Pres (just mark your check or envelope so we know).  Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) who works with our churches and ministries there now…and especially after the Red Cross is gone.  I like giving to Red Cross because they can buy more effectively than we can shipping supplies down at this point…or anyone else can.  I like giving to PDA because I have seen their continued efforts long after Katrina.  Third, act.  This one may occur over time but one way you can right now is to donate blood.  The Red Cross has numerous donation sites in the coming weeks including here October 3rd.

 

As Christians, we don’t worship nature.  We worship the God of Creation…who is also the God who cares.  We adore God and we care for people as followers of Christ Jesus.

 

THIS SUNDAY, we will celebrate Communion at both services and the sermon will be a message looking ahead to our Fall.  Between services, the final summer Adult Sunday School class.

 

TONIGHT, Bells at 6:30pm and CHOIR RESUMES at 7:30pm.  All are welcome.  If your mother loved hearing you sing, I know we will too!

 

Looking ahead:  Sunday, September 10 will be our KICKOFF SUNDAY!  Between services, you can learn about the many opportunities here at First Pres, get your name into some drawings, and have your picture taken with KC Wolf.  It should be fun and a great start to the new year here.

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Michael’s Missive August 9

First Pres Community –

 

Red ink.  Someone placed a copy of my sermons notes in my mail slot that corrected my grammatical mistakes with red ink.  Part of me appreciates the help.  But my first response was “really???”  Most of what I write is a flow of thought.  I run spell and grammar check…but I ain’t purfect.  Thankfully, we are a community of grace.

 

Red ink in budgets bother me also.

 

Why red?  I love red tomatoes and strawberries and wine.  We wear red for Pentecost…and the Chiefs…though it represents some other teams.  Rednecks can make me chuckle or make me…see red.  In China, I saw a bride in a red wedding dress. There are red: roses, herrings, faces, flags, hair, lights, skies, carpets.  Red hot, red blood, red handed, and the red planet.

 

Red pops up a lot of other places too…but I reckon you have red enough.

 

TONIGHT, summer Mission Speaker Kirk Perucca will be with us.  Rev. Perucca pastors Covenant Presbyterian Church in KC, a multiethnic congregation.  He chairs the Committee on Mission and Social Justice of Heartland Presbytery.  Dinner at 6:30pm, Presentation from 7-8pm, in our Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.

 

THIS SUNDAY, at 9am and 11am, the sermon will be “Jesus Genes”.  This will conclude the summer series on “Characters” as we consider Christlikeness.   THIS SUNDAY, an Adult Class, will continue downstairs in the Resource Room during the Faith and Fellowship Hour.

 

THIS SUNDAY, all are invited to the CHURCH PICNIC at Harris Park beginning at 4pm.  Bring your own picnic, but come to enjoy some fun and conversation with all ages.  This is a great opportunity to get to know each other.

 

THIS SATURDAY, August 12, Men’s Breakfast will hear more about the mission trips from both kids and leaders at the men’s first gathering of the year.  7:30am in our Fellowship Hall.  All guys welcome.

 

Looking ahead:  Thursday, August 17, Keenagers will gather at Noon for a barbeque at the Haines.  Sunday, August 20, Rev. Amgad Megally preaches here.

 

Have a red letter day!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love

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Michael’s Missive August 2

First Pres Community –

 

Happy August!  It is a pleasant 86 here.  Meanwhile back in Oregon it is 106 plus smoke from fires…nothing close but send cool, wet prayers their way.

 

Last Sunday was wonderful.  Some of you said it was my best sermon of the Summer!  (Thanks

a lot.)  Actually, our Youth led the service and shared about their experiences at camps and mission trips.  A special shout out to the adult and youth leaders who took time off to drive and work side-by-side with our youth on their mission trips and with day camp!!  It was also great to welcome back into membership Les & Courtney Ng and their children Jack and Emery.

 

I love begin part of a church that is intergenerational…and we are at both services.  Faith is formed in families as well as churches.  I love seeing grandparents with children and grandchildren.  I love seeing all ages here being part of the Family of God.

 

The Family of God…that is who we are.  THIS SUNDAY we will have a family gathering at 9am and 11am.  At 9am, we will share in the Baptism of Theodore Williams, child of Josh and Courtney.  At both services, we will share in Communion (our family meal) and we will hear a sermon on Peter called “The Peter Principles.”  (Did you know Peter had a mother in law (Mt.8:14-15)?  Which means Simon Peter had a wife?)  We will consider some lessons Peter learned on a fishing trip with Jesus.  THIS SUNDAY, an Adult Class, will continue downstairs in the Resource Room.

 

This weekend, there will be 3 life celebrations.  Dorothy Logan will be this Friday evening at 6pm at Langsfords (visitation, 4-6).  Larry Gieringer will be this Sunday afternoon at 3pm in our Fellowship Hall.  Tish Blakely will be a memorial visitation this Monday evening, 5-7pm, at Park Lawn Funeral Home.

 

Next Wednesday, Kirk Perucca from Covenant Pres. will be our final summer Mission Speaker.  Dinner at 6:30pm, presentation 7-8pm.  All are welcome.

 

Saturday, August 12, Men’s Breakfast will hear more about the mission trips at their fist gathering of the year.

 

Sunday, August 13, all are invited to the CHURCH PICNIC at Harris Park beginning at 4pm.  Bring your own picnic, but come to enjoy some fun and conversation with all ages.

 

Thursday, August 17, Keenagers will gather at Noon for a barbeque at the Haines.

 

Lastly, great time with the grandkids last week.  Major props to you parents and grandparents who are with little ones all the time.  Three days did me in!

 

Stay cool.

 

See you Sunday, children of God!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love

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Michael’s Missive July 26

First Pres Community –

 

Rest.  As I write this, the church facility is perfectly quiet.  It is restful.  I know it is the calm before the storm of Fall and everything that will be happening here.  It is a time to pray, to study, to plan ahead, and to visit people.  Later today the grandchildren come to town, so I need to rest up!

 

Rest definition, the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep: a good night’s rest.  Last week, I read an article about the serious health dangers of sleep deprivation.  It cited a study stating 45% of the people in the world are sleep deprived (less than 7 hours a night.)  In addition, 50-70 million Americans suffer sleep disorders.  I believe it…and it causes me concern, not only for myself, but for you.  Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)  We usually think of that as rest for our souls…but maybe Jesus is more wholistic.  Maybe Jesus is concerned about our selfcare and that we need rest…in body, mind, and spirit.  My prayer for you each is that you get the rest that you need.

 

The Young and the Restless.  THIS SUNDAY our Youth (some are sleep pros) will be sharing about their Summer.  Right now, our Junior High kids are in Memphis on their Mission Trip (home Saturday evening).  They and our Senior Highs will talk about their Mission Trips, Heartland Camp, and Day Camp as well as what God was showing them this Summer.  They will be getting up early and coming to share in both services. Come show your support and share in their joy.

 

Rest in Peace.  Larry Geiringer, part of our church community died this past week.  I failed to mention it Sunday morning, so I am doing so here.  Some of you know his daughters, Elizabeth and Bella, who are members here.  Prayers for them, his wife Loraine, and his family and friends.  A service for Larry will be held at our church at 4pm on Sunday, August 6.

 

All the rest.  KEENAGERS, sign up now for the Potluck Barbeque onThursday, August 17, Noon, at the home of the Haines. All are invited to the CHURCH PICNIC on Sunday, August 13, at Harris Park beginning at 4pm.

 

See you Sunday…the Day of Rest!

 

Your pastor and friend  Michael

 

 

Building Faith…..Bringing Hope…..Sharing Love