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 be 10-11am.  Graveside will follow the funeral.  Leona and Leland were active members of First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit for many years.  Leona would have turned 100 on August 31.

“Commitments Week” is our Ebenezer Too campaign theme beginning this Sunday.  Notice the name.  Commitments Week….not Commitment Week.  What is the difference?  In simple terms, this week our church family is asked to reflect in prayer about all our various life commitments, including our commitment to the Ebenezer Too campaign.  We will pray over all Ebenezer Too Commitments…but we know these are just a part of the broader scope of commitment for each of us.

When I hear that Christians are committed and part of an institution…it does make me laugh a little because my mind immediately thinks of being committed into a mental institution!  This is not the case with Christians, the Church, and our call to commitment.  The Church is far more a family of God than it is an institution.  And the commitments made by Christians are our gratefully and consciously being wise stewards of our many blessings…blessings from God.

So, I welcome “Commitments Week” and I encourage all of us to prayerfully review all of our commitments…and then to live them out.  Ebenezer Too has already encouraged you: to take an “Ebenezer Pilgrimage”, to appreciate “The Benefits of Generosity”, to “Catch Someone Doing Good and Being Good”, and to enjoy some “Holy Humor”…now it is “CommitmentS Week”.  (I don’t have the latest ET Commitment figure at this time.)

THIS SUNDAY, we will dedicate all Commitments (past, present, and future) made to Ebenezer Too.  The sermon will be on the Fruit of the Spirit, “Gentleness” at both the 9am and 11am worship services.  At 10am, there is a Summer Adult Class led by Carol Phillips in the Center Room using the Connections Bible Study Series.  Nursery care is available all morning.

ALSO THIS SUNDAY, at 10am in the Fellowship Hall, there will be a Snack ‘n Yak conducted by the Revitalization Task Force to hear your ideas for programs and classes as well as your thoughts on what makes First Pres wonderful and needs to happen for us to get better.  All are welcome!

TOMORROW (Wednesday), in addition to Back to School and Leona’s service, from 7-8pm, the MISSION NIGHT speaker will be Sister Andrea from the Franciscan Warehouse in Independence.  A light meal will be provided at 6:30pm.  Everyone is welcome.

THIS THURSDAY, KEENAGERS gather in the home of Dennis and Donna Haines (2800 Woodbury, Independence) at Noon.  Bring a dish to share.  Let Sharon Pyburn know if you would like to carpool.

See you soon…and don’t forget to get committed!

Back at it with you,

Your pastor and friend Michael

Ps – Have you played on the playground yet?

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