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 […]

September 2017 CNN

September 2017 Newsletter


August Mission Project: BACKSNACK PROGRAM

First Church is responsible for providing food for the BackSnack program at a Lee’s Summit middle school for the month of September. This food goes home with middle school aged youth on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat over the weekend. Here are some suggested items: canned dinners with meat (chili, meat ravioli, etc.), canned meat […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Michael’s Missive July 19

First Pres Community –   “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.  Red, brown, yellow, black, and white; they are precious in His sight.  Jesus loves the little children of the world.”   Love them like Jesus.  Keep them all in your prayers.  And come learn about another part of the […]


Michael’s Missive July 12

First Pres Community –   Happy Palindrome Week!   A palindrome is a sequence that reads the same backwards as forwards…like “dad” or “mom”.  Some famous ones are:  “Able was I ere I saw Elba“, “A man, a plan, a canal – Panama!”, “Madam, I’m Adam”.  A palindrome can also be numerical.  Today is 7.12.17…or 71217.  It […]


Michael’s Missive July 6

First Pres Community –   Happy the day after the day after July 4th!!!   Notice this isn’t coming to you the day after the 4th.  Most Americans seem tired and cranky on the 5th.  It seemed the fireworks were louder and more numerous this year.  And the began on Saturday…and again on Sunday…and of […]