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. […]

Michael’s Missives July 11, 2018

First Pres Community – Seven eleven.  May it be a lucky day for you!  (7 11 is giving out free Slurpees ) Thankfully those youth in Thailand got lucky…or rather had prayers answered and saw hard work pay off.  Now may they recover and be reunited.  Like you, I kept hoping and praying for their […]

Michael’s Missives July 25, 2018

First Pres Community – “Catch someone doing good?”  This is our campaign for the week beginning this Sunday.  Currently it is “Holy Humor” with many “funnies” up on the board on the way downstairs. The English teachers in our midst will probably correct me that it is “doing well” instead of “doing good”…but that sounds […]

Michael’s Missive, August 1, 2018

First Pres Community – The Church Picnic last Sunday was a blast!  Many thanks to the children who played the games, the youth who helped with them and with cleanup, the organizers who planned the event, the cooks and homemade ice cream makers, and all who attended and enjoyed.  Check out the pictures on the […]

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 […]


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 […]