Michael’s Missive May 24

First Pres Community –


“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good…

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:9,21


The bombing in Manchester was evil.  The young man who murdered 8 blacks while they were in Bible study in South Carolina was evil.  Extremists from two different faiths.  Every day we are inundated by stories of all types of evil…for a wide variety of reasons or no reason at all.  Certainly, the persecution and genocide of innocent people is evil.  Sometimes it is hard not to be overwhelmed.  This is not a sermon on the nature of evil…though the first murder goes back to the children of Adam and Eve.  Rather, this is an encouragement to overcome with good.


Good Friday is when we remember Jesus Christ laid down his life that we may live.  Next Monday on Memorial Day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for our good.  Sometimes overcoming evil with good means fighting when warranted.  Sometimes it means speaking up or protecting another.  For Christians, it always means praying…it always means doing the right thing…it always means responding as one filled with the “power, love, and self-control” of the very Spirit of God.


“Remember To Love” will be the sermon Sunday as we wrap up this series on “Love”.


THIS SUNDAY, at both the 9am and 11am Services, we will also remember those who died in service to our country.  10am Fellowship Hour.  Nursery Care all morning.


THIS SUNDAY, you may also buy your tickets to the June 24th Royals game (it is a Saturday afternoon game that people of all ages can enjoy…guests are welcome).  Since demand was high the past few years, the church stepped out and bought 100 tickets.  Cost $20.


THIS SUNDAY, Stuff a SUV for Hillcrest will occur between services.


LOOKING AHEAD – PENTECOST is June 4th with COMBINED WORSHIP AT10am!!!!!  Wear RED, the color for Pentecost.  After Worship, we will take our annual ALL-CHURCH PHOTO and enjoy an ALL-CHURCH PICNIC.  This is always a great time for us to all be together, so plan now to be here.


LOOKING AHEAD – TRAVELLING DAY CAMP is June 19-23.  Now is the time to sign children (K-6th) up for this great experience.  M-F, 9am-5pm, only $90.Sign up through Heartland Camp at https://heartland.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App


See you Sunday!


Be Good, Do Good.


In the Name of the One who has overcome all things –


Your pastor and friend  Michael


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