Michael’s Missives for June 12, 2019

First Pres Community –

Pentecost.  What a wonderful Pentecost celebration!!!  The Spirit was moving.  The sea of red made us look like Chiefs Nation.  I can’t wait to see the picture.  The dinner was so popular that people ate on the stage and out in the Narthex.  The music was vibrant, the message was excellent, the children had fun, God was worshiped, and our oneness in Spirit was evident.  Thank you all who helped make it happen and all who participated.  Even the numbers were good (considering how many are away on vacation right now).

Building progress.  Our front wall is gone.  A temporary wall is in place.  The beams and trusses are going up.  Thank God for some good weather.  And the front door is accessible (except during our weekdays sometimes…then we use the kitchen door).

TONIGHT.  Mission Night.  Matt Sanning from Lee’s Summit Social Services will be with us to kickoff our Summer Mission Nights.  Dessert at 6:30pm and Presentation from 7-8pm.  Everyone in welcome.

TONIGHT.  “Wednesdays with Peter” begin from 6:30-7:30pm for students K-12.  All are welcome.

TOMORROW (Thursday June 13). Keenagers will meet at 11am to go to lunch at the Jack Stack in the Freight District and then to 1:30pm tours of The Money Museum and the Federal Reserve.  Contact Sharon Pyburn if interested.

THIS SUNDAY.  Father Day will be celebrated with “Donuts for Dads” during our fellowship.  At both the 9am and 11am Worship Services, we will begin a summer sermon series that will take us through “The Beatitudes” that I am calling the “BE-attitudes”.  That is not what the word means, but it is what they teach as our transformation in Christ is described with the accompanying blessing by God.  The Beatitudes are not impractical aspirations, but practical guidance and assurances…with a little summer levity thrown in.  We begin with “Happy to be Humble”.  During the 10am Faith and Fellowship Time, a new Adult summer class will begin in the downstairs Center Room led by Carol Phillips.  Nursery care is provided all morning.

Looking ahead. a New Members/Pastor’s Welcome Class will be offered at 10am on Sunday, June 23 and 30 for those wanting to join First Pres or those wanting to know more about First Pres.  Contact the Church Office to let us know if you want to attend.

Looking ahead, Traveling Day Camp is June 24-28 here at First Pres.  Register children asap at heartlandcamps.org to ensure a spot (they are going quick!)  Signup sheets for volunteers are in the entryway.

Your pastor and friend  Michael

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